Data Protection

The 1998 Data Protection Act came into force in March 2000 and imposes major responsibilities on Higher Education institutions in terms of the management of personal data. University of Chester Data Protection Policy is available to Staff and Students of the University via the Guide to Using Electronic Resources through Portal (internal only).

Information about the main principals, rights, specific effects, definitions, terms and contact information is available and regularly updated to ensure that students and staff are informed of changes in this area of the law which will either directly or indirectly have an impact on their area of work.

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

It was set up by agreement between the relevant government departments, the higher education funding councils and the universities and colleges in 1993, following the White Paper “Higher Education: a new framework”, which called for more coherence in HE statistics, and the 1992 Higher and Further Education Acts, which established an integrated higher education system throughout the United Kingdom.

HESA is a private limited company which has formal agreements with government departments to provide the data which they require, and it is funded by subscription from all of the universities and higher education colleges throughout the United Kingdom.

The University is required to send some of the information we hold about staff and students to HESA. Copies of the HESA collection notices for the staff, student and leavers survey may be found at the following link:

http://www.hesa.ac.uk/fpn