Privacy Notice - University Secretary's Office: Council & Sub-Committee Members
Part 1: Generic Privacy Notice Information
Durham University's responsibilities under data protection legislation include the duty to ensur that we provide individuals with information about how we process personal data. We do this in a number of ways, one of which is the publication of privacy notices. Our privacy notice comprises two parts - a generic part and a part tailored to the specific processing activity being undertaken.
The Data Controller is Durham University. If you would like more information about how the University uses your personal data, please see the University’s Information Governance webpages or contact Information Governance Unit:
The Data Protection Officer is responsible for advising the University on compliance with Data Protection legislation and monitoring its performance against it. If you have any concerns regarding the way in which the University is processing your personal data, please contact the Data Protection Officer:
You have the right to be provided with information about how and why we process your personal data. Where you have the choice to determine how your personal data will be used, we will ask you for consent. Where you do not have a choice (for example, where we have a legal obligation to process the personal data), we will provide you with a privacy notice. A privacy notice is a verbal or written statement that explains how we use personal data.
Whenever you give your consent for the processing of your personal data, you receive the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Where withdrawal of consent will have an impact on the services, we are able to provide, this will be explained to you, so that you can determine whether it is the right decision for you.
Accessing your personal data
You have the right to be told whether we are processing your personal data and, if so, to be given a copy of it. This is known as the right of subject access. You can find out more about this right on the University’s Subject Access Requests webpage.
Right to rectification
If you believe that personal data we hold about you is inaccurate, please contact us and we will investigate. You can also request that we complete any incomplete data.
Once we have determined what we are going to do, we will contact you to let you know.
Right to erasure
You can ask us to erase your personal data in any of the following circumstances:
We no longer need the personal data for the purpose it was originally collected
You withdraw your consent and there is no other legal basis for the processing
You object to the processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing
The personal data have been unlawfully processed
The personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation
The personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services (information society services are online services such as banking or social media sites).
Once we have determined whether we will erase the personal data, we will contact you to let you know.
Right to restriction of processing
You can ask us to restrict the processing of your personal data in the following circumstances:
You believe that the data is inaccurate and you want us to restrict processing until we determine whether it is indeed inaccurate
The processing is unlawful and you want us to restrict processing rather than erase it
We no longer need the data for the purpose we originally collected it but you need it in order to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim and
You have objected to the processing and you want us to restrict processing until we determine whether our legitimate interests in processing the data override your objection.
Once we have determined how we propose to restrict processing of the data, we will contact you to discuss and, where possible, agree this with you.
The University keeps personal data for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was originally collected. Most of these time periods are set out in the University Records Retention Schedule.
Making a complaint
If you are unsatisfied with the way in which we process your personal data, we ask that you let us know so that we can try and put things right. If we are not able to resolve issues to your satisfaction, you can refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Part 2: Privacy Notice for the University Secretary's Office
This section of the Privacy Notice provides you with the privacy information that you need to know before you provide personal data to the University Secretary’s Office for the particular purpose(s) stated below.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: Type(s) of personal data collected and held by the University and methods of collection
The University Secretary’s Office will collect and store data relating to your membership of Council and its sub-committees. This will include:
Contact Details (name, address, telephone number, email address), date of birth, ethnicity, gender
Start date, end date
Register of interests
Bank details (Lay member expenses)
CIS user name (Lay members)
This information will be collected in a variety of ways such as initial application and through correspondence with you.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: Lawful basis
The University has a legitimate interest in processing personal data to facilitate your role as Council / Sub-Committee member.
Processing data allows the University to ensure compliance with legal obligations.
In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with the details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can consider whether you wish to consent.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How personal data is stored
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including in your electronic and hard copy file within the University's document systems and other IT systems (including the University's email system).
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How personal data is processed
The University has a legitimate interest in processing personal data about Council members to ensure legal compliance and processing for legitimate purposes. Special categories of personal data require higher levels of protection. We may process such data in the following circumstances:
1.In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent;
2. Where we need to carry out any legal obligations;
3. Making statutory or external returns for example to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Office for Students (OfS).
The University will not use your data for any other purpose than in respect of being a Council / sub-committee member at Durham University.
We will process your data to:
Support your attendance at meetings and events
Process expenses payments
Assess skills for a particular task
Monitor your use of our information and communications systems to ensure compliance with our IT policies and to ensure network and information security including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communication systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
Your name, biographical detals and Register of Interest will be published on the University website.
Organisations stated in your Register of Interest with which the University transacts will be listed alongside your name in the University's Annual Report.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How we use sensitive personal data
Special categories of personal data require higher levels of protection. We may process such data in the following circumstances:
In limited circumstances, with your explicit consent.
Where we need to carry out any legal obligations.
We will use information about your racial or ethnic origin to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: Who the University shares data with
The University Secretary's Office will share your personal data with Durham University staff / departments required to deliver our services:
Computing and Information Services
The University will share data with third party agencies such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Office for Students (OfS).
Further information about Disclosures to HESA: Every year, the University sends some data to HESA. The data is sent in coded form and names are not given.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How the University protects data
The University takes the security of your personal data seriously. The University has internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed and is not access except by our employees legitimately in the performance of their duties or by third parties as outlined in this Privacy Statement.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How long personal data is held by the University
The University keeps personal data for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was originally collected. Time periods are set out in the University Records Retention Schedule.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: How to object to processing your personal data
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University Council and Sub Committee Members: Links to other websites
This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy notices on the other websites you visit.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: Changes to this privacy notice
We regularly review our privacy information to ensure that it remains accurate and current. We will review and update this privacy information whenever we plan to use personal data for any new purpose. Any changes to this privacy information will be communicated to you.
University Council and Sub Committee Members: Further information
If you have any questions which you feel have not been covered by this Privacy Notice, please contact us: