Privacy Notice

We are University for the Creative Arts Students’ Uniob (UCASU), a charity dedicated to making life better for students at University for the Creative Arts. UCASU is a registered charity (no. 1165619). Our registered address is: UCA Students’ Union, Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS.



This privacy notice tells you what to expect when UCASU collects personal information. It applies to the following types of information:

  • Visitors to our website
  • Retention of your data within MSL
  • Surveys we undertake
  • Your marketing decisions
  • Job applicants, current and former UCASU employees
  • People who attend our events
  • People who access support and advice

Also contained within this policy is:

  • Information about links to other websites
  • Your rights
  • How to contact us



When someone visits we use a number of third party services, Google Analytics and Chartbeat, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site so that we can improve the content we offer to visitors. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone.

We do not make, and do not allow Google or Chartbeat to make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Membership Services Limited (MSL)
We use a third party service, Membership Services Limited, to manage our membership functionality and provide our content management system. In order to provide these services we collect information through two different methods:

i. During enrolment with the University
We have a data sharing agreement with University for the Creative Arts, whereby the University shares the following student data with the Students’ Union at the stage of enrolment:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Date of birth
  • UCA email address
  • Gender
  • Year of study
  • Course
  • Department
  • Home postcode

The Data Share agreement enables UCASU to collect and use the above information to meet our legal obligation protected within the Education Act 1994, which requires that appointment to major union offices is by election in a secret ballot in which all members are entitled to vote.

The following legitimate interests are also applicable for the collection and processing of the above data:

  • To verify your identity as a student of University for the Creative Arts and ensure that you can access all areas of our website
  • To ensure that you can attend our events
  • To ensure that you can access our services
  • To analyse, develop and improve services and activities that we offer
  • To ask your views on our services

If we want to process your data for any other reason we will inform you of the processing activity and always ensure that the appropriate legal basis is applied.

At the point of enrolment all students are informed of their right to opt out of Students’ Union membership and given relevant information to enable you to do so.

Members are free to amend their membership status at will. 

ii. During guest registration on our website
Guests to our website are required to submit a range of data if they wish to make purchases on the website, access our services, join the Students’ Union as an Associate Member or join a student group. The data collected includes:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Marketing preferences

The lawful basis for processing this data is for the performance of a contract. This data also enables you to access our wider website and services.
We won’t use this information to target or profile you based on prior purchases and we will only send you marketing messages if you have consented to this.

Use of Cookies by UCASU
You can read more about how we use cookies on our Cookies page.

All data collected through forms is held on a UCASU server.
At the point of collection we will be explicit about what personal data we are collecting and the purpose for processing and the retention period.



We only retain data on our system that is relevant and for time periods that are not longer than is necessary. This can be broken down into a number of different categories:

i. Ordinary and Associate Members of the Students’ Union
When an ordinary/associate member of UCASU graduates, leaves the University or opts-out of membership they cease to be a member. In this case their data is given a ‘nominal leaving date’ which takes effect on our ‘global expiry date’ which is 31 July every year.

Following this their data enters the ‘full retention period’ during which the data is fully retained on the MSL systems and measured from the nominal leaving date.

At the end of the ‘full retention period’ all data relating to a members account is pseudonymised and all data and content linked to the account can no longer be attributed to a named individual.

At the end of the ‘final deletion period’ all personal data records are securely deleted. The dates for this activity is defined in the table below.

ii. Honorary Membership
If you are granted Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Students’ Union you are given access to all of UCASU’s services (except standing/voting in elections and accessing the advice service) for life. To enable this access, the data for these types of members remains on the system for the period of time they continue to login to the website. We review the last login date on an annual basis and will send a reminder to anyone who has not logged in within the previous calendar year. After a further 12 months of inactivity the last login date will then become the ‘nominal leaving date’, activating the process below.

Should you wish to opt-out of Honorary Membership please contact us. The date at which you confirm the end of your Honorary Membership will become your ‘nominal leaving date’ and activate the process defined in the table below.

iii. Guest Accounts
If you have registered for a guest account on our website you are given access to all of UCASU’s services (except standing/voting in elections and accessing the advice service) for life. To enable this access, the data for these types of members remains on the system for the period of time they continue to login to the website. We review the last login date on an annual basis and will mark your account with a ‘nominal leaving date’ based on your last login after 12 months of inactivity.

Should you wish to delete your account please contact us. The date at which you confirm the end of your account will become your ‘nominal leaving date’ and activate the process defined in the table below.


Definition Value Notes
Normal Leaving Date Global Expiry Date = Anually on 31 July i.e. at the end of that 12 month period in which the Actual Leaving Date fell
Full Retention Period 2 Years Measured from the Nominal Leaving Date
Final Delection Period 5 Years Measured from the Nominal Leaving Date




UCASU uses surveys to improve our understanding of issues that directly affect our members. This can relate to the services we offer, the development of specific policy around issues on campus or the performance of our communications activity.

At the point of conducting surveys we will be explicit about what personal data we are processing, the purpose for processing and the retention period.
We use a third party service, Survey Monkey, to manage the collection and analysis of our survey work. We do not allow Survey Monkey to make any attempt to access the data we have collected or share it. For more information, please see Survey Monkey’s privacy notice.



For members of the Students’ Union, we will also process your personal data for marketing purposes. When we talk about ‘marketing’ we mean to keep you updated with access to relevant products, offers, activities and services. We will rely on the lawful basis of legitimate interests to process your data in this way as we believe the information we share with you will enhance your experience as a student of University for the Creative Arts. We will also use analytics to enable us to enhance and personalise the experience we offer to you as members of the Students’ Union.

We will not share your personal data with any third parties and you can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages by contacting us at any time.

We use a third party provider, Mailchimp, to deliver our e-newsletter updates. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter.

Our E-Newsletter is only sent to members of the Students’ Union and individuals have the right to unsubscribe at any point and are given information about how to do this in the footer of every email. Mailchimp only uses the data we have supplied in order to send emails from us. They won’t share this data with anyone else or send you emails about their services.

For more information, please see Mailchimp’s privacy notice.



You can read more about what data we collect and how we process it as part of the recruitment process on our Work With Us page or our Employment Data information page.



Daytime events
As part of our service delivery, the Students’ Union offers numerous daytime and evening events throughout the year. At these events we might scan your ID Card before you gain entry to the event. This gives us access to the following data:

  • Name
  • ID card number
  • Date of birth
  • UCA email address
  • Sex
  • Year of study
  • Course
  • Department

We collect this data for our legitimate interests of:

  • Analysing event attendance to identify where there may be certain demographics who are not engaging with our events and to help build targeted programmes of events.
  • Contacting you to gain your feedback on the event and help us improve future events.

We will only retain this information for the academic year in which it is collected. If the data is required for comparative analysis after this period, the data will be pseudonymised so that the data cannot be attributed to a named individual. It will not be retained for any more than one further academic year.

Nighttime events
The Students’ Union provides a number of night-time events across all of our venues throughout the year. Entry to all ticketed events is via your UCA ID Card, which is scanned to identify any purchase of tickets, any age restrictions and any venue access restrictions. This is used for validity purposes only and no further data is collected.

Guest sign-in
Where a member of the Students’ Union wishes to bring a guest with them to any of our late night events, they will be required to sign the guest in. The following personal details of the guest will be collected:

  • Name
  • Date of birth

Additionally a copy of a driving licence, passport or national identity card will be scanned and a photograph of the individual taken. This information will be retained for the duration of the academic term in which the event is attended. After this point it will be deleted unless it needs to be retained as part of an investigation following an accident or incident.

We take photographs and video footage at the majority of our events but we will always make it clear when we are doing so and the purposes for this activity. Should you not wish your photograph/video to be taken at an event please inform our photographer/videographer.

We do not use any facial recognition software to identify individuals within images and in the instances where we wish to identify an individual, such as in our democratic elections, we will always ask for permission.

Accidents or incidents
To ensure compliance with Health and Safety and licensing legislation, we are required to record all accidents, incidents and near misses within our venues. The personal data we request when completing a report on the above is as follows:

  • Your name
  • UCA Card number (if applicable)
  • Your address



The Students’ Union operates an independent Advice Centre, offering specialist advice in academic issues. Our advisors are also able to signpost you to other services and support where necessary. This service is confidential and at your first appointment the advisors will discuss with you the personal data (and any special categories of data) that they require to enable them to support you appropriately. Your permission to process this data will be sought.

There may be circumstances where your personal data needs to be shared with a third party. This will be discussed with you and your permission to share this data will be sought, except where they may be reason to protect your vital interests, in which case your permission will not be obtained.



This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.



Under the new General Data Protection Regulations, you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you.
You can read more about these rights on the Information Commissioner’s Office website but they can be broken down into the following areas:

The right to be informed
You have the right to be informed about how we’re using your data. We do this by using a combination of physical notices (such as photography notices at events), just in time notices (such as an opt in check box when making a purchase) and layered documentation (such as this privacy policy).

The right to access your data
You can request a copy of the data we hold on you by contacting us via email. We endeavour to respond to requests within 30 days but where a request is complex this may take up to 90 days – if this happens we’ll let you know the reasons why.

The right to rectification
You have the right to question any information that we have about you that you think is incorrect. We’ll take reasonable steps to check this for you and, if required, correct it.

The right to erasure
You can ask us to delete, remove, or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it. This is known as the ‘right to erasure’ or the ‘right to be forgotten’.

The right to restrict processing
If you believe the information we hold on you is inaccurate, being processed unlawfully or no longer required you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data.

The right to data portability
You have the right to get your personal information from us in a format that can be easily re-used. You can also ask us to pass on your personal information in this format to other organisations.

The right to object
You can object to us keeping or using your personal information. This is known as the ‘right to object’.

Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
You are protected under GDPR in instances where automated decision-making has a legal or similarly significant effects on you. We don’t currently conduct any such automated decision making or profiling.

You can invoke your right to any of the above verbally or in writing. Please contact us at

UCASU tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information and we take any complaints we receive about this seriously.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can find out how to report a concern on their website.



If you want to request information about our privacy policy, or to invoke your rights as outlined above, you can email us or write to:

UCA Students’ Union
Falkner Road