Information about Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to GSU
Last updated October 2021
Greenwich Students' Union (GSU) is a separate organisation from the University of Greenwich, our home institution. The University have certain responsibilities for us under our constitution and the Education Act 1994; however, we are a separate legal entity. We are an incorporated, limited by guarantee company and a registered charity.
In regards to Freedom of Information, we are not a "public authority" in the sense of the Freedom of Information Act. It is also unlikely that GSU is a "public authority" under the Environmental Information Regulations, as the definition is broader than that in the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, records and data we hold are not subject to the act, and we have a policy to not reply to requests.
Records which the University of Greenwich holds about the Students' Union, including communications with the Union and information provided to the University by the Students' Union, are covered by the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations, and can be requested via them (link opens in a new window).
The University may consult with us if there is a Freedom of Information or Environmental Information request that involves information that was provided to the University by the Union, or where the disclosure may affect any interests of the Union. However, legal responsibility for deciding whether or not to release the information requested of the University rests with the University and not GSU.