We have developed a Freedom of Information publication scheme that follows a common pattern adopted by a number of Oxford Colleges, written in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.
Through this scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities while at the same time recognising that sensitive material, such as that relating to individuals or which involves confidential commercial considerations, cannot be made publicly available.
Freedom of Information Requests should be addressed to Charles Alexander.
Under the Equality Act 2010 Merton has a general duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities. The College has established an Equality Committee to help it comply with the requirements of the Act. We have a specific equality duty to publish relevant, proportionate information showing compliance with the Equality Duty on a yearly basis.
Equality data includes information relating to the people among our employees, our students and others people who receive a service from the College who share a relevant protected characteristic. Characteristics protected under the Equality Act are: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. They include marriage and civil partnership in respect of the need to eliminate discrimination in employment.
There are limits on the information which we can publish. The need to protect individual privacy means we are not able to publish information on groups of fewer than ten people or in other cases where there would be a risk of identification of individuals. Moreover, we do not currently routinely capture information on all of the protected characteristics. We are committed to improving the quality and range of our equality data over time.
Merton is one college within the University of Oxford. Overall information for the University on gender, race and disability can be found on the University's Equality and Diversity pages.
The College has adopted a Code of Practice governing the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Any queries should be raised with the Academic Office.
In March 2015 the College adopted an Information Security Policy, in order to formalise and regularise its existing good practice around its use of information.
The College Handbook contains: