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Data Protection

Arts Students' Union is committed to ensuring the rights and freedoms of data subjects, we have policies and procedures in place to aid this. This page also acts as your one-stop-shop privacy notice.

Our Position

Please read on to find out more about how we protect your rights as a data subject, our data processing, our privacy notices which may relate to you and anything relevant to protecting your data.

We understand that the current UK Data Protection Legislation, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), are the main legislation we must ensure we keep to.

Data Protection Officer

Our data protection officer is our CEO, Yemi Gbajobi. You can contact her by email on info@su.arts.ac.uk or by post at Data Protection Officer, Arts Students' Union, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY.

Term Explanation
Privacy Notices These are our Union Privacy Notices for our main Stakeholders, so you know what happens with your data.
Data Protection, Information Security and Systems Policy This is our Union-wide Policy regarding Data Protection, Information Security and Systems.
Data Protection Documentation This is our list of processing documentation including our retention schedules for personal data.
Your Rights This is all the information about your rights under data protection legislation and all the forms you will need to activate any of them with us!
Processors These are the 3rd Parties that we use to help provide services to our members, employees and other stakeholders.

Our legal basis

As part of our General Data Protection Regulation governance, we keep a record of the legal basis that we use to process your data. We've detailed the ones that we may rely upon for you on a regular basis.

Term Explanation
Consent We may ask you to consent to us processing your data for CCTV coverage or engaging with our website
Contract We may need some personal information to fulfil a contract between yourself and us!
Legitimate Interests We sometimes have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data, if we use this, we carefully balance your rights with our interest so we do not override them.
Legal Obligations We process some data for legal obligations, this includes employment legislation, the education act and the charities act.
Task in the Public Interest We process some data for a task in the public interest, this includes keeping attendees safe at some of our events.

Our Privacy Notices

We have different privacy notices available for each of our main stakeholders, take a look at the ones that are relevant to you. We update these as necessary to ensure they are kept up to date.

UAL Students (Our Members)

Suppliers, Contractors and Commercial Clients

Arts SU Employees (and job applicants)

UAL Staff


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Our Documentation

As part of our General Data Protection Regulation governance, we have linked all relevant documentation below. These link to our processing activities including the legal basis and how we protect your rights with regard to that specific processing activity, the retention schedules and also which of our teams are responsible for the data.

Data Sharing Agreement

We have a Data Sharing Agreement with the University of the Arts London, which enables the sharing of our members data. This agreement details what data may be shared and for what purposes. When we (Arts Students' Union) receive this data we become a data controller.


Your Rights

We are open about your rights and freedoms and how you can action them. We have detailed those which you have the ability to action yourself, and have linked the relevant forms for you to fill in.

Importantly, some of these requests may have an effect on the ability of our staff and volunteers to provide services to you. During the process of the request, we will explain to you what effect it will have so you can make an informed decision about your data and the request that you have placed.

The process

  1. Fill out the Form

    Fill out the form you require below, detailing what information and any specifics. Attach your proof of identity documents so that we know its you. Either email it to the Data Protection Officer or post it to us!

  2. We'll Confirm

    Within 5 working days of receipt, we will let you know that we have received your request. If we haven't, feel free to pop us an email and we'll follow up on it! We'll also let you know at this point if we have any questions.

  3. Results

    Within 1 month we will give you the results of your request. If we need a little bit more time, on certain types of requests because of their complexity, we will also let you know by now! Note : This will be 1 Month from when we receive your request, not when you send it!

Types of requests

Term Explanation
Subject Access Requests Arts Students' Union is not subject to any FOI (Freedom of Information Requests) as we are not a publicly funded body. However you can request to know what specific information we hold on you. To do this you should use our Subject Access Request Form linked below and follow our process above. Subject Access Request Form
Rectification Request If after a subject access request, or you already know that we have some inaccurate data about you. Use this form to let us know so we can temporarily stop processing your incorrect data and update it for you. If you are a student at UAL and are looking to update some information on your profile on our system, here's what to do. If it is contact details - you can log in to this website and change those yourself in your account If it is other data - please get in contact with Student Services to update any out of date information Rectification Request Form
Erasure Request This is your right to be forgotten. This covers for example, if you have given consent for us to process your data and would like us no longer to do so or we are processing your data for direct marketing and you no longer wish to receive any marketing from us. Erasure Request Form
Data Portability Request Where appropriate, you are able to take your data with you. To do this, place in a Data Portability Request, and we will be happy to provide you with your data in a machine-readable format. This will normally be in a CSV file which can be opened in excel. Data Portability Request
Right to Restrict Processing Request Where you wish for us to stop processing your data, but do not wish for it to be erased, you can place in a restriction to processing requests. This means that we can only store the data we hold on you until the relevant retention period (how long we hold that piece of data) ends. Right to Restrict Processing Request Form
Objection to Processing Request You may, if you wish, place an objection to us processing your data. This has a similar effect to restriction of processing. This applies in certain circumstances, but means that if your objection to processing is approved, we have to stop processing that data. This may also including deleting and removing that data from our storage. Objection to Processing Request Form