Staffordshire University is committed to respecting and protecting your personal data. Staffordshire University may share your data with our administrative, support and academic staff in the course of your study with us and we pass certain aspects of your personal data to our Alumni team when you graduate. Data is not normally voluntarily shared with anyone outside the University. This includes your spouse or partner, parents, or other family members, unless you give us your permission to share it or because, in exceptional circumstances, we have reason to believe that your health or safety or the health and safety of a third party is at risk.
If data is to be shared with overseas organisations, the University will first take all reasonable steps to establish that appropriate safeguards are in place at the recipient organisation. We do share limited data with the Staffordshire University Students’ Union since all our students are automatically members of it (unless they notify us that they are exercising their right to opt out of membership) and certain information is needed to enable the Union to contact you about the services it offers.
You should be aware that we do from time to time use outside agencies to act on our behalf to communicate with people, including via social media. We only use reputable organisations who adhere to strict data protection principles and only the minimum data necessary for the purpose is shared with these agencies.
Also be aware that there are some circumstances in which we are required by law to disclose the information we have about you to external organisations. These organisations include the Office for Students; the Higher Education Statistics Agency's Student Collection Notice; the Student Loans Company; Local Authorities; the police and other bodies with enforcement powers where disclosure is necessary for the prevention or detection of crime; the Disclosure and Barring Service; the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI); and to professional regulators.
If you are receiving a sponsorship or scholarship or other type of funding, it may be necessary to disclose information about your progress to the person or body supporting you.
If your course requires you to spend time at another institution, or if you are with us as a visitor from another institution, we may need to share some information about you with the other institution to allow it to fulfil its contractual duties.
We may also share some information about you with your potential future employers when you ask us to confirm that you are or were a student at the University or ask for a reference.