Legal information

Learn more about the legal basis for processing your information and your rights relating to the information we gather or you provide while using the University website.

When processing your information the University uses different legal bases, predominantly consent or contract.

Legal basis: consent

When you enter your information in a form, we specify the purpose and future use of this information. The relevant legal basis will be given at the point of collecting personal data and this can be contract, legitimate interests, or explicitly gaining consent. Where this information is provided on the basis of consent, you are free to withdraw your consent for such use of your information at any time

An example of consent would be a request to be added to a mailing list (which will be used to send you newsletters and information).

We also collect some personal information (like the address of your computer) through the use of website cookies. You can set your preferences for these cookies through our cookie consent banner or when viewing some content. You can change these preferences at any time.

Legal basis: contract

The University of Edinburgh may process your information under the legal basis of contract, whereby the processing is necessary for a contract you have with us, or because you have asked us to take specific steps before entering into a contract. 

Application and booking forms typically fall into this category wherein you supply your information because you wish to access a particular service or enrol on a course.

General information for individuals

There is additional guidance available on how the University of Edinburgh collects, shares or processes personal information about you including:

  • Data controller and contact details
  • Data sharing
  • Data transfers outside the European Economic Area
  • Your rights
  • And how to make a complaint

The University's approach to data protection

Additional information on data protection and your rights