Participation in the OfS postgraduate survey is voluntary and is strictly an anonymous exercise. Your university or college will only see data about their students’ responses, providing an overall picture of student satisfaction. Data will only be shared with them if there is a sufficient number of responses to ensure that no student can be personally identified. Your individual response will not be shared.
Your personal information will only be used to support our research, to understand more about how different types of students respond to the survey. This will help us to ensure that the questions in the survey are applicable and understandable by all and to explore whether taught postgraduate students from all backgrounds and on all types of courses are receiving a positive experience of higher education. To do this we may link to other data sources, such as the annual student returns submitted by your university or college.
The legal basis for processing your personal information is to enable us to carry out a public task. In the case of special category data (such as ethnicity and disability), processing is necessary for scientific or historical research purposes, and archiving in the public interest.
The Data Controller of the personal information you submit will be the Office for Students. The Data Processor (responsible for the collection and safe-housing of your data) will be IFF Research.
All personal data is subject to GDPR regulations and will be stored on secure servers in the UK. Your personal data will not be shared routinely with any other organisation. IFF Research will retain the data for 90 days after the end of the survey period (16th August 2019), after which it will be confidentially and securely disposed of. The OfS will retain your name and date of birth for 12 months after the end of the survey period (16th August), after which they will be securely deleted. The remaining data will be retained indefinitely for research purposes, subject to a review every 10 years.
For more detailed information including your rights under GDPR, please refer to the detailed Data Privacy Notice available here. If you have any queries or concerns about the use of your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org.