This privacy notice has been compiled and published online to help you understand why we ask you for your personal information when you use one of our websites, and how we will use this information. We will always explain the purpose of our data collection before we ask you for your personal details.
1.1 ‘Unifnder’ means www.universityfinder.org.uk
1.2 ‘We’, ‘Our’, or ‘Us’ means Student and Graduate Publishing Ltd the owner of unifinder.org, with a trading address of:
Student & Graduate Publishing,
The Screen Works Room 103,
22 Highbury Grove,
England, N5 2EF
1.3 The ‘Data Controller’ is Student & Graduate Publishing.
1.4 ‘Our Website’ means www.universityfinder.org.uk and any pages that begin with this URL. Our website is owned and operated by Student & Graduate Publishing Ltd.
1.5 ‘Member’ means any person who uses Our Website or Our services, who has registered with Our Website and has therefore created an individual user account.
1.6 ‘Personal Data’ means any data, that we may request from you and that you may provide to us, that allows someone to identify or contact you.
1.7 ‘Non-personal Data’ means any non-identifiable information such as a user's behaviour pattern when they visit Our Website.
2.0 Who does this apply to?
2.1 This privacy notice applies to all our website users whether registered or not, including people, reading our blog and using our search tool.
2.2 By accessing our website, you agree to be bound by the terms of our Privacy notice stated below. If you do not agree to be bonded by these terms, please do not use or access our website.
3.0 Why do we collect data?
At Student & Graduate Publishing we collect different types of information about our users for five main reasons:
3.1 To help you find courses and universities and apprenticeships that are right for you
3.2 To provide personalised services unique to individual users
3.3 To help us monitor and improve the services we offer
3.4 To help us identify trends and offer anonymised sector-level insights on Higher Education and student recruitment. We collate, or combine, data from groups of users to provide statistical information about people who use Our Website or Our services to exhibitors and/or advertisers. None of this data can be used to identify an individual. This data includes, but is not limited to:
What percentage of students are studying a particular subject, or are interested in studying a particular subject at university.
Which universities are commonly searched for using our search tool.
We may provide this information to potential advertisers to encourage them to contribute to Our Website, or to purchase advertising space. This makes Our Events and Our Website more useful to users, and helps us keep our services free for users. We may use Google Analytics to help us create this aggregate data.
4.0 What information do we collect about you on Student & Graduate Publishing websites?
4.1 We gather personal and non-personal data about you. Information is gathered in two ways:
indirectly (e.g. using www.universityfinder.org.uk Site technology)
directly (e.g. when you become a Member, or you otherwise provide your information when you interact with our services)
4.2 You can browse our websites without providing any personal information, however if you would like an enhanced website experience and the ability to use the search tool you will need to register with us.
4.3 When you register on one of our websites, you will need to supply your email address and other information. This action will automatically register you as a member of the Student & Graduate Publishing community.
4.4 When you register as a Member we may collect some, or all, of the following information:
Name, username, email address, password.
Postcode and address.
Current educational status.
Course, subject area and institution of interest.
Grades or predicted grades.
Date of birth.
Nationality and country of residence.
Current school or college.
4.6 We may collect certain software and hardware information about your Device, for example your Device ID - the ID that is unique to the device on which you install or access Our services.
4.7 If you provide feedback or contact us for support we will collect your name and email address and possibly other Personal Data, as well as any other content that you send us, in order to respond to and address any issue.
5.0 How we use your information?
Understand and save user's preferences for future personalised user experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and products in which you are most interested.
Keep track of advertisements.
Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions so We can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.
5.2 We may use your data to send periodic emails about competitions, relevant advertiser’s opportunities, promotions, surveys or other site features. You can opt out at any point using the email opt out button on correspondence or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by deleting your user account which you can do within your preferences.
5.3 We may use your data to follow up an enquiry you have made to any institutions, or chase progress on a course you are interested in as long as you have given consent for us to do so.
6.0 How long will we keep this data for?
6.1 If you do not log into your account on Our Website for 3 years, or re-provide consent for us to keep your data, we will close your account and delete any personal data that we have gathered from you.
6.2 We retain data for three years because the majority of Members are in Year 12. Many students repeat a year or take a gap year. We keep data for three years so we can offer support and advice to Members from when they begin thinking about higher education, to when they embark upon a course.
7.0 Registering for services
7.2 If you chose to opt-in or opt-out of receiving further information from Student & Graduate Publishing we record your name, contact details, and how and if you want to be contacted. We use information about the institutions you have chosen to share your personal information with to make sure that any further communications you receive from us are relevant and of interest to you, such as sending you information about open days these institutions may be holding.
7.3 We retain the information you provide to produce research about such things as attendance at events and their impact on access to higher education. As stated in section 3.4, any statistical analysis reports that we produce will not allow you to be identified.
8.0 Sending you further information
8.1 We ask for your permission to send you further information on subjects that may be of interest to you, such as courses, careers or training opportunities. You can opt-out of receiving further information from us.
You can stop us from sending you further information using any one of the ways below:
Replying to any opt out instruction detailed in each communication you receive, or by emailing: email@example.com
9.0 Legitimate Interests
We may also send out initial contact emails, based on our legitimate interest to provide a help to teachers and students.
Direct marketing is specified to be a legitimate interest in Recital 47 of the EU GDPR
Under the GDPR, we have a number of lawful reasons that we can use (or 'process') your personal information. One of the lawful reasons is called 'legitimate interests'.
When we process your personal information for our legitimate interests, we will consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights under data protection and any other relevant law. Our legitimate business interests do not automatically override your interests – we will not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).
We contact schools, colleges, educational institutions or individuals using publicly available generic or named emails from school websites. We will only contact named individuals at schools where we have sought prior permission by contacting the school, college or institution directly. Generally, we ask the school if we can contact head of sixth form/year 12 or careers coordinator with directly relevant information. If it is the institution’s policy to only provide generic info@ contact@ enquiries@ emails then we will only use this specified email address.
We will only contact schools, colleges and educational institutions about our website or career/educational opportunities relevant to their students and other directly relatable information for students and staff. For example university courses or apprenticeship schemes.
We post information to schools, colleges and education institutions; this will never be to named specific person and will be addressed as a job title.
All data held regarding school, college or institution staff will not be passed to any third parties.
10. 0 How data is stored – Security
10.1 Student & Graduate Publishing are committed to keeping your personal data safe and secure from unauthorised access to or unauthorised alterations, disclosure or destruction of information that we hold.
Our security measures include: –
encryption of our services and data; review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures; restrict access to personal access to personal information to Student & Graduate Ltd employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to process it for us and who are subject to contractual confidentiality and processing obligations. They may be disciplined or their contract terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.
11.0 Disclosure of personal information
11.1 We will not disclose personal data without your consent unless required by law.
11.2 We may share your personal information with organisations that are part of the same group as the data controller, as those companies may provide services to you over our websites (including sister company UK Uni Serach Ltd).
12.0 Your rights
12.1 The right to withdraw consent at any time, where relevant. You can ask us to delete any of your personal data at any time at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or deleting your account within your preferences.
12.2 If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by contacting us. If any of your personal details change, it is important that you tell us straight away so that we can keep your information accurate and up-to-date.
12.3 If you wish to stop receiving regular updates, please email us at email@example.com or you can unsubscribe by clicking on the unsubscribe link in each email you receive from us. You can also delete yur own account within your preferences.
13.0 Access to your personal Information
13.1 You can find out if we hold any personal information by making a 'subject access request' under the Data Protection Act 1998, and the GDPR 2016.
13.2 If we do hold information about you we will:
give you a description of it;
tell you why we are holding it;
tell you who it could be disclosed to;
let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form; and
remove your details completely if you request us to
13.3 To make a request for any personal information we may hold you need to put the request in writing addressing it to the below address:
Student & Graduate Publishing Ltd
Room 103, The Screen Works
22 Highbury Grove
London N5 9EF
14.0 Third party advertisers
15.0 Links to other websites
15.1 On our website there are lots of links to course provider websites. This privacy notice does not cover these links. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.
16.0 Sale of Student & Graduate Publishing Ltd
16.1 If we sell part or all of our business, customer and user information may be one of the transferred business assets. If this happens, your information may be disclosed to any successors of our business for them to use for the purposes set out in this Policy.
17.0 Changes to our Privacy Notice
17.1 We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 18.02.2019
18.0 How to contact us
Student & Graduate Publishing Ltd
Room 103, The Screen Works
22 Highbury Grove
London N5 9EF
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org