This article provides information regarding protection of special category data by the University.

Some of the personal data the University processes is defined as ""special category data"" under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation . This information must be treated even more carefully in terms of whether, and why, it needs to be collected and who can have access to it, than the rest of the data processed by the University.

Examples of special category data include:

  • your racial or ethnic origin,
  • your political opinions,
  • your religious or philosophical beliefs,
  • membership of a trade union,
  • processing of genetic or biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying you,
  • your physical or mental health or condition,
  • your sex life or sexual orientation,
  • processing relating to criminal convictions and offences.

The University may hold several examples of special category data about you. This data is requested for specific purposes and will not be used for any other purposes. Your data will be held securely in paper files or electronic databases that are password protected and to which only those who need it are given access. Your special category data will not be released to a third party without your explicit consent unless it is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or another person.