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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Data Protection Statement

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    Data protection statement – Alumnae and Development Office

    This statement explains how the College (“we” and “our”) handles and uses data we collect about our alumnae and our past, current and future supporters (“you” and “your”) and those who have requested to be kept informed as a Friend of the New Hall Art Collection.  In broad terms, we use your data to keep in touch with you as alumnae (as life-long members of the College) and supporters, in order to keep you up to date with our activities and developments, to provide services to you, and to identify ways in which you can support us, through donations and/or volunteering your time and expertise.

    The College is currently considering the implications of national changes to data protection legislation, and the obligations of the Colleges to you in helping you understand further how and why we process your personal data. It anticipates that this statement will be revised again within the next six months (i.e. by the end of December 2017).


    How your data is used by the College

    Your data is used by us for a number of interdependent purposes, including alumnae relations, communications and fundraising.  These include:

    • publications
    • surveys
    • appeals and requests for donations, including our view of whether you are a potential donor, and research on when and whether particular fundraising appeals may be of interest to you
    • the promotion of alumnae and other College events
    • the promotion of other services open to College members

    Communications to you may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means, depending on the contact details we hold and the preferences expressed by you about the types of communications you wish to receive. We may use automated or manual analysis to link data together to help us identify your potential for supporting us and/or the University. If you have concerns or queries about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us at the address given below.


    What data is held by the College

    We work closely with the University as a result of their shared interest in having a coordinated approach to their alumni and supporters.  We have a separate database from the University, but we also have access to the University’s database.  Any transmission of data to or from the University is managed through agreed processes which comply with UK data protection legislation.  The University has its own data protection statement and procedures.

    Where provided by you, or provided by the University or obtained from public sources, records may contain:

    • details of your school, College and University education
    • unique personal identifiers (e.g. student number, date of birth)
    • your contact details
    • your attendance at College or University events
    • other contact with us or the University since graduation
    • your key relationships with other alumni or supporters of the College and/or the University and other Colleges within Cambridge
    • your career highlights and other life achievements
    • financial information relating to you and any of your key relationships (including but not necessarily limited to income, philanthropy and other giving)
    • information about donations made by you to either the College or the University
    • information about your areas of personal interest
    • photographs of you
    • personal data provided by you for a specific purpose or purposes (for example disability or catering preferences for event management)
    • your communication preferences


    When the College shares your data with others

    We do not sell your personal data to third parties under any circumstances, or permit third parties to sell on the data we have shared with them. We do not use third party wealth screening services.

    Depending on constraints set by you, and which you may change at any time, we may share any of the above categories of data with the University.

    We share data on a considered and confidential basis, where appropriate, with:

    • Cambridge in America (the University’s affiliate alumni office in the U.S.)
    • Companies who provide College-branded or College-endorsed products and services
    • Volunteers closely related to us (e.g. year and local alumni representatives)
    • Contractors providing services to you on our behalf or services to us (our ‘data processors’) , including but not limited to database software providers (currently Blackbaud Inc), telephone fundraising consultants (currently Rux Burton Associates) and mailing providers for publications. This list of contractors is updated as required. Use of the data is restricted to purposes defined by the College.

    We also facilitate communication between individual alumni (of the College or the University), but in doing so we do not release personal contact details without prior permission.


    Your rights

    There is no statutory or contractual requirement for you to provide us with any personal data.

    You have the right: to ask us for a copy of your personal data (a data subject access request); to object to processing that is causing you, or is likely to cause you, damage or distress; to object to communications or direct marketing; in certain circumstances to require us to correct or erase your personal data; and a right to compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection Act.

    We will retain your data indefinitely or until you request us to do otherwise.  We will publish on our website any changes we make to this data protection statement and notify you by other communication channels where appropriate.

    You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at


    Questions and further statutory information

    Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about the above information.  Where you have specific requests relating to how we manage your data, we will endeavour to resolve these, but please note that there may be circumstances where we cannot comply with your specific request.

    Where you opt out of all future communications or exercise your right to erasure, we will continue to maintain a core set of personal data (name, subject(s), matriculation and graduation details, unique University identification number and date of birth) to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in future, while still maintaining our record of your academic achievements.  We may also need to retain some financial records about you for statutory purposes (e.g. Gift Aid, anti-fraud and accounting matters).

    If you have any concerns about your personal data held by the University, please contact the University team through the website at