8.17 External and community relations


This category covers information relating to the institution’s relationship with its external environment.  These include how it manages its relationship with the local community and how it retains contact with its former staff and students.

By virtue of its nature, most institutions will probably find that the majority of these classes are already made available to the public by some means.

In some instances information will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, or information which, if released, may substantially prejudice the commercial interests of any person.



Category Name

Category Description


Format of information


Withheld information



Arrangements for keeping in touch with former staff and students

Examples include, services provided to alumni, reunions and events

Available on website



Community Relations

Description of the facilities and services available to the local community


Available on website



Development activities

Promotional material relating to institutional fundraising objectives

Current projects, details on how to donate

Available on website


Some material may be exempt as it is intended for future publication under S.27 of the Act

Public Relations

Information created specifically to publicise facilities and activities.

Press releases

Newsletters and magazines