Why we collect data about you
When you apply for your course or enrol, you will notice that we ask you a lot of questions that may not obviously relate to your studies. There are a number of reasons why we do this.
The university will support you to study in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and promotes equality of opportunity. To ensure we provide appropriate support and to make sure we are being fair and representative, we have to know some information about you. Data helps us get our services right to meet your individual needs.
In addition to this, every college and university has to collect specific data to send to a national statistics agency that publicises how we are performing and who our student community is. This helps people to decide where to study and helps us to identify where we are good at something and where we need to improve. University student data is returned to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and information on how they use your data can be found on their site.
The questions we ask that are about your personal beliefs or life are those covered under the Equality Act. These are sometimes referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. If you would like to learn more about these, you can view information on the Equality and Human Rights Commission webpage here.
All data is in a secure location and is never attributed to an individual; it is all numbers, but important ones to make sure your needs are being catered for. How we store and use this information is strictly controlled by law.
So, in providing us with the information about you, it helps us to make things better, tells us where to direct our services and if there are certain people who are not making the most of their time with us. It helps us make sure that you have the best possible experience as a UHI student. We cannot change things without your help.
For more information on why it is important to complete this type of information, you can access a leaflet produced by Stonewall here