Freedom of information
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How to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) 2000 came into force in January 2005. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities (including publicly funded universities). It also sets out exemptions from that right (e.g. information about particular persons, which falls under the Data Protection Act) and places a number of obligations on authorities when responding to requests for information. For more information see the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website.
Under the Act you have the right to be told whether particular information exists and, subject to any applicable exemptions, the right to receive that information. Requests must be made in writing (though this can be an email or a fax) and you should state your name, provide an address for correspondence and describe the information requested as clearly as possible. The RCA will respond within 20 working days of receipt of the request. You can submit requests via email to [email protected] or by writing to:
Royal College of Art
London SW7 2EU
+44 (0)20 7590 4427
In general and unless stated otherwise, information will either be published free of charge on the College web pages or as PDFs downloadable from the College website.
Where information is only available in hard copy, or where this is a requirement specifically requested by the applicant, a charge of 5p per page plus the cost of postage and packaging will be made.
If you require information in a form other than that in which it is normally available please see our Charging Policy.
The Act also requires that we institute and maintain a Publication Scheme including all the information the RCA routinely makes available or publishes. In July 2008 the Information Commissioner’s Office introduced a new model publication scheme that all public authorities were required to adopt from January 2009. The scheme has seven broad classes of information. For details of the scheme visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website.
Below you'll find a guide to published information, listing relevant ‘published’ information under the seven classes of the model Publication Scheme, indicating the format in which the information is available, how it can be accessed and any charges that apply. Wherever possible information is made available online, either as pages on the College website or as PDFs. The information can also be provided in hard copy if required, on request.
What about information not found in the Guide?
The College web pages in general contain a wealth of information which does not necessarily fall within the categories of the scheme but which might provide an answer to an enquiry you have in mind. If you cannot locate the information you require on our web pages please make a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request by email to [email protected] or write to:
Royal College of Art
London SW7 2EU
Guide to published information
How we make decisions
Decisions are devolved to nominated committees. Details of each of the committees are accessible through the Governance web page.
Our priorities and performance measurement
Annual Reviews (web page)
College Mission (web page)
College Strategic Plan (Download PDF)
FOI Compliance statistics (Download Spreadsheet)
Application guidance (web page)
Schools (web page)
Programmes (web page)
Services and Support for Students and Staff
Chaplains and religious representatives (web page)
Counselling service and occupational health (web page)
Disability support (web page)
Dyslexia support (web page)
English for academic purposes (web page)
Facilities (web page)
Financial support (web page)
Housing support (web page)
International student support (web page)
Professional development (web page)
Rapidprototyping (Web page)
Special Collections and Archive (Web page)
Shop (Web page)
Students' Union (web page)
Student support team (web page)
Services to the public, academic and business communities
Community engagement (web page)
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (web page)
InnovationRCA (web page)
RapidformRCA (web page)
Who we are and what we do
Statutory and Legal Framework
Charter, Statutes and Ordinances (Download PDF)
College Structure: Academic Schools, Academic Programmes and Administrative & Support Departments (Web page)
College Committees: Membership and Terms of Reference (Web page)
College Governance and Senior Management (Web page)
Research (Web page)
Research Centres (Web page)
Locations and Contact Details
Visitor Information (Web page)
Contact Us (Web page)
Partnerships, Business and Community Links, Sponsorships
Working with the RCA (Web page)
Partnerships, Business Links & Knowledge Transfer (Web page)
Community Links (Web page)
Sponsors (Web page)
AlumniRCA (Web page)
RCA Students' Union (Web page)
Contact and FOI requests
To contact us or to make a freedom of information request, email