According to information obtained through an FoI request, 328 requests were made in 2015 up to the end of November, compared to just 120 in 2010.
The number of requests over the five-year period peaked in 2013 with 421 requests made under the government’s legislation, which requires public authorities to provide a “right of access” to information.
A recent government higher education green paper proposed universities be exempt from the FoI Act.
Conversely, a recent FoI review has suggested charities be subjected to FoI requests, with YUSU previously not being bound by it.
York Vision has used the legislation in the past to expose reckless university spending, including revealing last year how top staff blew thousands of pounds on five star hotel stays.