Data is fundamental to our decision making, and the flow of data through the University, across systems, locations and people, fuels informed decisions with real impact on the lives of our students and colleagues.

As an organisation, we all have a responsibility to make sure that the data we use and share is the best available, that we safeguard it, and that privacy and ethical standards guide the way we gather and use it. In support of this objective, we’re working on a range of initiatives to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of the data we use. One of the first tangible outcomes is the adoption of an Information Charter:

What’s an Information Charter?

We live in an information age. It’s easy to access vast amounts of information. What’s more difficult is becoming confident that the information we do access has integrity and is reliable, authentic and secure. As a University, we recognise that quality-assured information is a key asset. Our information is used throughout all of our academic and administrative activities and is central to our core purpose of transforming lives, locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

Information Charter – Principles

Six principles underpin the management of the University’s information. University information will be created, managed, stored, accessed and disseminated appropriately, for the benefit of the University and the wider community:

1. Information is everyone’s responsibility – its value is acknowledged by all and everyone plays a role in its management.

2. Information is an asset – it’s fundamental to the efficient and effective operation of all University activity, is recognised as a valuable resource and is managed as such.

3. Information is available – it’s available to all members of the University for as long as it’s required, unless there’s a valid reason why it can’t be shared.

4. Information is secured – it’s managed and safeguarded from unauthorised access, whether intentional or unintentional.

5. Information is compliant – it’s managed according to the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, including those protecting individuals’ rights.

6. Information is fit for purpose – it’s managed to make sure it’s accurate and complete in a form that meets the business needs of those using it.

For further information about the Information Charter please contact Doug Melville: