Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

The following publication scheme is for St Catherine’s College in the University of Oxford.
It follows the standard format required by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from January 2009. It sets out what information the College publishes or intends to publish, how the information can be accessed and whether or not a charge will be made for it.

The Home Bursar is responsible for maintaining the scheme on behalf of the College.

The purpose of the scheme is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible, so that the public can be informed as far as reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of college activities, and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.
Through the scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities, while at the same time recognising that there are exemptions within the Act.

In accordance with the Information Commissioner's guidance for higher education institutions our publication scheme sets out the following classes of information. 

You can find out more by following the links.

1    Who we are and what we do: organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

2    What we spend and how we spend it: financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

3    How we make decisions: decision making processes and records of decisions.

4    What our priorities are and how we are doing: strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

5    Our policies and procedures: current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

6    Lists and registers: Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority. Copiers of relevant lists and registers can be obtained by application from the

7    The services we offer: information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

It is important to us that this Publication Scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how the scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments, or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:

The Home Bursar,
St Catherine’s College,
Oxford OX1 3UJ


The College reserves the right to make a charge for printed copies of some documents available on the website to cover administrative costs. 

Information which falls into the following categories is not published as part of the scheme:

  • the College does not hold the information;
  • the information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited under another statute;
  • the information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible;
  • it would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the material for routine release. 


Responsibility for the scheme

The person responsible for maintaining and managing the scheme is:

The Home Bursar,
St Catherine’s College,
Oxford OX1 3UJ


The copyright in this publication scheme and its contents is reserved to St Catherine’s College. 


If you have any comments about this scheme or are not satisfied that information is being published in accordance with this scheme, you should contact the Home Bursar in the first instance. If you are still dissatisfied please write to the Master, St Catherine’s College, Oxford OX1 3UJ,  who will arrange for the matter to be reviewed internally.

If, after the investigation of your complaint, you are still dissatisfied you may refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner. 

Information Commissioner,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Review of the publication scheme

This guide to the information available and the operation of the scheme will be reviewed annually.