Students support Freedom of Information at their universities

A research conducted by students showed that only 11% of Cambridge University top-earners are female. But the most interesting thing about this research was that it couldn’t be done without the FOI, i.e. the Freedom of Information act. This document was introduced in 2000.  The implementation of the freedom of information legislation, it grants a right of access to public data to representatives of certain public organisations. This law is applied to the governmental institutions, the publicly owned companies, and the authorities designated to perform public functions. There were problems with FOI, particularly in universities. The government decided that universities could be considered as the private sector, and FOI act was not be applied to them.

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When in 1997 the idea of freedom of information was represented by the government their proposal declared that the aim of the document was to assure the openness of the government functioning on mutual trust. The reason is clear. The taxpayers provide finances to the governmental organs which represent decisions influencing the life of ordinary people. This act makes the governmental institutions responsible for their actions. The society can debate to be better informed and request the higher productivity of the public bodies. Such policy has made its effect. The survey of 2011 proved that 81% of public bodies agree that the policy has raised the trust of the society to these organizations.

The idea manifested in this document resides in the fact that every member of society should have the access to official data. It is only kept in private when there is a decent reason. Students have need of constant access to the data. Multiple projects and writing assignments demand researches and the variety of resources of data plays a decisive role. Having been added to the list of organizations which access to data is permitted by FOI educational establishments gained its right to provide worthy education to their students.

 

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