The University has revealed that it has been receiving a huge number of Freedom of Information requests from a bitter student, after their application to study at undergraduate level was rejected.
The student in question is alleged to have lodged over 40 requests since August 2011.
The University told a Parliamentary inquiry into the FoI requests the “aggrieved” student’s requests tied up an academic for about 30 hours.
The University has used the bombardment of requests as ammunition in its continuing battle to have Freedom of Information laws curbed. Currently, as a public body, Oxford has a legal obligation to respond to any requests for information within 20 working days.
The University has complained that these obligations have put off many potential private sector associates from co-operating with them because of fears that they will have to divulge information to the public.