Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

The Royal Academy of Music  has adopted the model publication scheme for higher education. Information is available under the following headings:  

Who we are and what we do

Legal framework
Royal Charter
Supplemental Charter and Bye Laws

How the institution is organised
Responsibilities of Members of the Governing Body
Guidelines for Governors – undergoing revision, so not currently available
Committee Structure 2019-20
Terms of Reference of Key Committees: available on request
Location and contact details
Senior Management
Governing Body

Student activities
Students' Union

What we spend and how we spend it

Funding / income
Financial Statements

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports
Details of expenditure over £25,000: available on request
Revenue budgets and budgets for capital expenditure: available on request

Financial audit reports: available on request

Capital programme: available on request

Financial regulations and procedures
Financial Regulations

Principal expenses: 2018-2019

Principal expenses: 2019-2020

Staff pay and grading structures
Principal’s Emoluments (see Financial Statements)
Other staff pay and grading structures: available on request
Pay multiple: available on request

Procurement and tender procedures and reports
Procurement Principles

Contracts that exceed £25,000: available on request

Research funding: available on request

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Annual report, corporate and business plans
Financial Statement
Strategic Plan

Teaching and learning strategy, academic quality and standards
Academy’s Regulations
Examination Procedures
Quality Assurance Procedures

External and internal audit; review information
Reports from the Governing Body and Finance and General Purposes Committee: available on request

Government and regulatory reports
External Auditor’s Statement: available on request

Compliance with duties under the Equality Act 2010
Equality and Diversity

How we make decisions

Governing Body
Report on Business 2014/15

Minutes of Academic Board
Available on request

Our policies and procedures

Procedures and policies relating to academic services
Academy’s Regulations
Admissions Policy
Examination Procedures
Quality Assurance Procedures

Procedures and policies relating to student services
Student Support and Wellbeing

Procedures and policies relating to human resources: available on request

Pay policy statement: available on request

Procedures and policies relating to recruitment
Work for us

Code of conduct for members of governing bodies: available on request

Equality and Diversity policies including Equality Scheme
Equality and Diversity

Estate management
Estates Strategy 2013–14 to 2018–19
Others available on request

Complaints policy
Freedom of Information Act Complaints Policy
Student complaints procedure – see Academy’s Regulations
Grievance Policy

Records management and personal data policies
Records Management Policy
Data Protection Policy
Confidentiality Policy

Research policy and strategy
Research Committee minutes: available on request
Research Strategy: available on request
Research Execellence Framework (REF): available on request

Publicly funded research outputs and data: available on request

Charging regimes and policies
FOI Publication Scheme Charges Policy: see below.

Lists and registers

Asset registers

CCTV surveillance cameras

Disclosure logs
FOI Datasets
FOIA Compliance Statistics January - March 2020
FOIA Compliance Statistics October - December 2019
FOIA Compliance Statistics January - March 2019
FOIA Compliance Statistics April - June 2019
FOIA Compliance Statistics July - September 2019

Register of staff interests: available on request

Register of gifts and hospitality provided to senior staff: available on request

Senior staff’s declaration of interests: available on request

The services we offer

Programmes of study
Financial Support
Student Support and Wellbeing
Professional Development  
Sports and recreational facilities
Museums, libraries, special collections and archives

Individual requests

Individual requests for information not included on the publication scheme should be made in writing, or by email, to David Piper, Management Information Co-ordinator, Academic Secretariat, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT. Email We aim to respond to individual requests within 20 working days.


Publications are free, unless otherwise stated. Where hard copy information is provided photocopies may be charged at 20p per sheet and postage charged if in excess of £5. Publications may also be made available in alternative formats by special request, but a charge may be made to cover production costs.

Charges may also apply, or requests refused, if the estimated cost of responding to your request exceeds £450; see ‘Refusing a request’ below.

Refusing a request

The Freedom of Information Act includes exemptions which allow authorities to refuse a request for information. These are listed below, with more information being available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website: If the Royal Academy of Music refuses your request we will provide detail of which exemption applies and why it is being applied.

Absolute exemptions

Information does not have to be released when it is:

  • accessible by other means;
  • intended for future publication; or
  • information supplied to, or relating to:
  • bodies dealing with security matters;
  • court records;
  • parliamentary privilege;
  • personal information*;
  • information provided in confidence;
  • information whose disclosure is prohibited by law.

*Personal information falls under the Data Protection Act.

Qualified exemptions

These are exemptions whereby the Academy to may refuse to disclose information. In order to decide whether the exemption applies, we will consider whether the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

Other reasons for refusing a request

There is a clause within the Freedom of Information Act which allows authorities not to respond if the cost to the institution is £450 or more. This cost, referred to in the act as the ‘appropriate limit’ is based on the following:

  • determining whether our authority holds the information;
  • locating the information, or a document which may contain it;
  • retrieving the information, or a document which may contain it; and
  • extracting the information from a document containing it.

If the cost of above exceeds the appropriate limit the Academy has the right to either refuse the request or to offer to respond in return for a fee representing the full cost of answering the request.