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This privacy notice has been updated in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.

  1. Purpose of this Notice

    This Notice tells you how the University of Leeds (University) will collect and use your personal data when you access this website. The University is a “controller” of this personal data for the purposes of the data protection legislation.
    Note that additional information will be provided where you are requested to enter personal information and this will vary between our various websites. [Information will be provided through the relevant privacy notice for that website].

    It is important that you read this Notice together with any other privacy notice we provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This Notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

  2. Changes to this Notice

    We keep the information provided in this Notice under review. This Notice may be updated from time to time. If we make any substantial updates, we will draw these to your attention.

    We will not use your personal data in any manner that is incompatible with the purpose for which the data were collected originally, unless we have obtained your consent to that additional use.

  3. Anything you are not clear about

    If there is anything you are unclear about, please contact our Data Protection Officer, who shall be happy to answer any queries you may have concerning this Notice or the way in which we process your personal data.
    The Data Protection Officer’s contact details are provided at the end of this Notice.

  4. Purpose of processing your data

    Where we request personal data from you on our website you will be informed at that time of the purpose for which the data will be processed and how it will be processed, its legal basis for processing as well as any transfers to third parties.

  5. Purpose of processing – automated collection of personal information

    When you access our web pages certain information your browser provides, including your IP address at the time, browser type, and potentially the address of the page you last visited, will be automatically recorded by the University. This data may be used to aid detection in the event of a security breach. The legal basis for this processing is necessity to pursue our legitimate interests to keep our website secure. The University retains this data in a form from which you may be identifiable for a period of up to one month.

  6. Third-party access

    Your personal data that you have provided will not routinely be sent to third parties (unless notified – see 4. above).

  7. Data retention

    The University’s policies on retaining data for prospective and current students, staff and job applicants are detailed in our data retention policy.

    In other cases, for example, if you subscribe to news or events, any retention of data will be made clear at the point of collection.

  8. Cookies

    Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by websites that you visit.

    We use cookies for the following purposes:

    • Essential: To help our website function
    • Performance tracking: Track how our website is used and help us make improvements

    List of the cookies and help on managing cookies

    Essential cookies

    These cookies help our website function

    Cookie Name Purpose Information


    NetScaler Appliance session cookie

    These cookies are set by our Citrix NetScaler appliance and are used to ensure your browsing session remains on the same web server. It is deleted when you close your browser.

    Performance and advertising cookies

    Cookie Name Purpose Information


    Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, AdWords and Facebook re-marketing

    These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.

    These cookies are also used to track users’ interests and then provide targeted advertising on other websites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

    Google privacy policy
    Google analytics
    Google analytics terms of service
    Google tag manager terms of service
    Universal Analytics opt-out browser add-on






    We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

    Read more about YouTube’s embedding videos.



    This service helps us track use of the website and make improvements.

    Find out more on Hotjar’s website.

    Third party cookies and tracking

    If you share content from our website through other websites, for example Facebook or Twitter, cookies or a form of tracking may be used by these services and you need to manage your privacy via your account (and not through our site).

    Manage your cookies and privacy

    You can manage your privacy settings, including cookies, through your browser settings.

    Further information about cookies can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

  9. Your duty to inform us of changes

    It is important that the personal data the University holds about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if the personal data you have provided to us needs to be updated.

    Contact us

  10. Your rights as a data subject

    Under the GDPR, in certain circumstances, you have the right to:

    • withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal data where that is the legal basis for such processing
    • access any of your personal data which we hold
    • have your personal data which we hold corrected if it is inaccurate
    • have any of your personal data which we hold erased
    • restrict the ways in which we process your personal data
    • object to our processing of your personal data
    • receive a copy of any of your personal data which we hold in a structured and commonly used machine-readable format
    • in certain cases not be subject to a decision based solely on automated decision making
    • lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
  11. Queries and complaints

    If you have any queries or concerns relating to this privacy notice or the way your data is being processed through this website then please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer, David Wardle on or by post to University of Leeds, 11.72 EC Stoner Building, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.
    The University’s main telephone number is +44 (0) 113 2431751.

    The UK’s regulator for the DPA and GDPR is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The University is registered as a Data Controller with the ICO

    Should you be dissatisfied with our handling of your concerns you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. In the case of the UK this is the Information Commissioner’s Office and details can be found at

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