Loughborough Alumni

Privacy Policy

Introduction

This privacy policy sets out how Loughborough University Alumni Association obtains, manages and uses your data. This policy relates specifically to information held by the Alumni Association on alumni, supporters and friends of the University and is in addition to the University’s general privacy policy. All data is held securely and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any questions about how we use your data please contact us by email alumni@lboro.ac.uk phone 01509 228497 or write to us at Alumni Relations, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.

Where we get your data

If you studied at Loughborough a record is created for you on the Alumni database using information from the University’s Student Records database (LUSI).

Much of the data we hold comes directly from you – this includes information you may have given to Loughborough when you were a student or that you have provided subsequently, for example by filling in an alumni update form, registering for an event, making a donation, or through the LboroConnect platform.

If you contact other departments at Loughborough University (including academic departments or professional services) or Loughborough Student’s Union, they may also pass your details to the Alumni Association.

We also hold data that has been created by Loughborough University, for example details of degree programmes you have studied, qualifications obtained, clubs and societies you were a member of and your interactions with the University.

We may also obtain information about you from publicly available sources of information, for example Royal Mail’s National Change of Address File, LinkedIn, Companies House and articles in the media. Sometimes this information is supplied to us by third parties.

Types of data we hold

The information stored and processed by the University may include:

Biographical information (including name, titles, gender, date of birth)
Contact details (including address, email address, phone numbers, social media profiles)
Information about your time at Loughborough (including education details, hall affiliations, memberships of clubs and societies and details of placements, prizes and scholarships)
Employment details (including positions held, organisations worked for, areas of responsibility, contact details, income)
Your relationships (including spouse/partner, friends, family, university staff, other alumni and organisations)
Communications sent to you by the University or received from you

Donations to the University (including gift aid status and if donating by Direct Debit or standing order your bank details). We do not store credit or debit card numbers.

Volunteering on behalf of the University (for example mentoring, giving a talk, advisory board membership)
Events you have attended (including meetings with University staff)
Future fundraising and engagement plans (including details of planned financial and non-financial asks for support, projects of potential interest and indicators of your volunteering/giving potential and wealth)

Media articles that you have featured in

Hobbies and interests

Dietary and mobility/access requirements

How we use your data

We use your data to communicate with you via post, email and phone about Loughborough University. This includes invitations to reunions and other events, news and updates from Loughborough University and fellow alumni, further study opportunities, fundraising materials and information about how you can continue to support Loughborough and how the University can support you. Please see the ‘Your rights’ section of this policy for more information about how you can update your communications preferences. 

To try and make sure we are sending you communications that are relevant and of interest we may analyse and group data using a range of factors including demographic, geographic, education, employment details and details of past engagements with Loughborough. When sending fundraising materials we analyse and group data to try to ensure that we do not ask you for an inappropriate amount or for projects that are not of interest. 

Fundraising and volunteering is important to the University. If we believe that you may have the ability to make a significant financial or non-financial contribution to the University we may undertake further research using publicly available information and produce a profile. We may also carry out due diligence on potential donations in line with the University’s Gift Acceptance Policy

Other academic departments (for example the school or department you studied in) and professional services (for example the Careers Network) may also wish to contact you from time to time or to find out more about specific groups of alumni. A typical example would be identifying amongst our alumni how many professionals there are working in a particular sector. Where this is the case we work with departments to provide them with up-to-date data and manage the sending of any associated communications. 

We may publish details including your name, subject of study and year of graduation in class lists, donor lists and event attendance lists on our alumni website or in printed publications (for example ‘Your Gift’). We will not publish your contact details.

Who has access to your data

Your data is held in a secure database with controls in place to limit who has access to it.

We may make data available to academic and administrative University departments, recognised alumni societies, sports and other clubs associated with the University, and to agents contracted to the University for alumni-related projects. 

In certain cases (such as overseas alumni groups) this may involve transferring your data outside the European Economic Area. In these instances we will ensure that an adequate level of protection is in place for the processing of your personal data. 

The University sometimes uses third party suppliers to carry out activities on our behalf (for example mailing houses and event venue providers). When this is the case we will ensure there are written contracts in place governing the usage of data. 

As required by law the University may also provide information to organisations such as Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) or organisations operating on their behalf. If you Gift Aid your donations we are also required to share details with HMRC. 

We will not share your contact details with other Alumni unless you give us permission to. Similarly if you want to get in contact with a former classmate we may be able to send a message to them on your behalf but will be unable to share their details with you. 

We will never sell your data to other organisations.

How your data is maintained

You can update your data by using our online update form, emailing us at alumni@lboro.ac.uk or writing to us at Alumni Relations, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU or calling us on 01509 228497. 

We also routinely check our data against Royal Mail’s National Change of Address file and other publicly available sources of information to try and ensure the data we have for you is up-to-date. 

We believe that the relationship we have with our alumni, donors and friends is a life-long relationship and so we will retain your data until such time as you request its removal. We will always maintain a record on our database containing at least your basic biographical and education details for statistical purposes and to ensure that we do not inadvertently contact you in the future.

Your rights

You may update your communication preferences and opt-out of receiving some or all communications from us at any time. To do so please either email alumni@lboro.ac.uk, write to us at Alumni Relations, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU or call us on 01509 228497.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information we hold please contact us using the details above.

Should you wish to make a complaint, object to the processing of your data for any of the purposes outlined in this policy or have elements of the data we hold amended or removed please contact us. We always aim to comply with these requests, if for any reason we are unable to we will let you know the reason why.

Use of this website

This website contains links to other websites. Loughborough University is not responsible for the privacy practices and/or the content of such websites. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. 

Please see our Cookies page for more information about our cookie use and how you can restrict or block cookies.

Contact us

You can contact the Alumni Association by email: alumni@lboro.ac.uk phone: 01509 228497 or by post: Alumni Relations, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.

Changes to this policy

We regularly review this policy and will update it if there are changes in how we manage or use your data. This page will always contain the latest version of this policy. 

This policy was last updated in April 2017. 

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