Privacy policy

Updated 1 February 2019

UCAS is committed to protecting the personal information you provide to us and recognise the importance of being clear about how we intend to use it. If you have any questions about our use of personal information, please contact our Data Protection Officer datagovernance@ucas.ac.uk

All the personal information you provide through this website will be managed by UCAS and UCAS Media, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). This Policy may refer to UCAS and UCAS Media as “we” and our registered office is Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham GL52 3LZ.

This policy explains how we use the personal information we collect about you via this website and some of the terms we use are explained below:

  • Personal information is information – alone or combined with other information – that may identify you. This could include your name, email or home address, or job title. 
  • Internet Protocol (IP) address - can uniquely identify a computer or network device on the internet. If this device can only be used by you, this can sometimes become your personal information.
  • A cookie is a text file or pixel tag which when placed on your computer will provide anonymised statistical data about website browsing actions, improve your website experience and to provide you with relevant advertising. 

What personal information we collect and how we use it

  • If you enter your details to request further information; your name and contact details and any information you choose to provide us with in the subject or free text box, so we can correspond with you about your enquiry.
  • When you access our website; your IP address, if you are the only person who has access to your computer or device and it can identify you.
  • If you are happy to be kept informed because you have expressed an interest through submitting an enquiry and requested information; your name and preferred contact details.
  • If we to ask your opinion about our products or services, your preferred contact details and confirmation you are happy to receive marketing. 
  • If you chose to “opt in” or “opt out” of receiving marketing information; your name, contact details and communication choices.

Who your personal information may be shared with

  • Employees of UCAS Media, who on a “need to know basis”, will handle your personal information to progress your enquiry or provide you with further information. 
  • Any organisation who may undertake surveys or gather your opinion on our behalf, if the survey responses are not anonymous and you choose to provide your personal data.
  • If we are required to do so by law, such as for the purposes of crime and fraud prevention and the request has come from the Police or other statutory body.  

Sharing your information through social media

You may share your personal information by using any of the available social media buttons (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter), posting comments on our Facebook our LinkedIn page or tweeting. When you engage with UCAS Media or UCAS social media, comments you may post are live as soon as you publish them, we do not check and approve them beforehand. We will remove inappropriate posts – please read our acceptable use guide

All about Cookies 

To make sure we provide you with clear information about what cookies we collect and how we use them, we maintain a Cookie Policy. We use cookies to provide anonymous information to help us analyse website traffic, usage and behaviour, to enhance user experience and to improve our online advertising. 

Display advertising, marketing and how to stop us contacting you

From time to time, we would like to keep you informed about our products or services. In all cases you will receive this information directly from us, so your personal information will not be shared with any organisation outside of UCAS or UCAS Media for the purposes of direct marketing. 

You can opt-out from us contacting you for marketing purposes at any time. If you no longer want to receive marketing information from us, please use the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the email, or contact ucasmedia@ucas.ac.uk.

We may also use Google, Twitter and LinkedIn remarketing features which support the promotion of our services you have shown an interest in, if you have subscribed to Google, Twitter or LinkedIn. 

This may be based on a hashed (anonymous) email address, or other anonymous information collected by cookies when you visit our website, such as things like browser cookie ID, mobile device identifier, and IP addresses. This helps us provide you with relevant adverts if you have a Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. 

You can choose to opt-out of receiving these adverts by changing your account setting for Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to opt-out of receiving ‘audience advertising’, to ensure you do not receive tailored adverts. Alternatively, you can enable the Limit Ad Tracking setting (on iOS devices) or the setting to Opt out of Interest-Based Ads (on Android), so Google, Twitter and LinkedIn do not tailor our adverts for you by matching your device to information from partners. 

Personal information – Your rights 

You have the right to request a copy of the personal information and the following rights. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact datagovernance@ucas.ac.uk.

GDPR – Basis for Processing 

Our use of personal information must meet one of the conditions listed at Article 6 of the GDPR. Our lawful basis for processing is Article 6 1 (f), where ‘processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests’. UCAS does not receive direct public funding and the revenue generated by UCAS Media helps fund our admissions services and keeps application fees as low as possible. 

Other websites you can access from this one

This privacy policy applies to this website only. Our website may contain links to other websites operated by another organisation including those operated by UCAS. When you click any of these links and leave our site, please make sure you read the privacy policy of the website you are visiting.