Confidentiality

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is committed to work in an open and responsive way (see Openess and accountability).

Some AHRC papers and correspondence contain information that is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), or which must be protected under the Data Protection Act (1998), and such information must be treated with discretion.

Representatives of AHRC should observe the requirement for confidentiality in these cases and are asked to keep secure papers that come to them in their official capacity and, when their term of office has come to an end, to make sure that all papers are returned to the AHRC Office or destroyed.

Supporting papers, minutes, and correspondence deemed to be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and clearly marked “confidential” are not for the public record and will not be available to inspection to anyone other than members, the Secretary, appropriate AHRC staff and the AHRC's auditors and in certain circumstances the Department's auditors.