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Postgraduate Surveys (PTES and PRES) 2020 – Privacy Notice

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) are carried out by Advance HE (AHE) (previously called the Higher Education Academy) on behalf of higher education providers including BU.  Jisc (an organisation which provides IT and data support in the higher education sector) stores and transmits the survey data to AHE on BU’s behalf.

BU is the Data Controller of your personal data within your survey responses. This means that BU has the core legal responsibility to safeguard the information and ensure it is processed in accordance with data protection laws. Agreements are in place to ensure that survey data is processed securely at all stages of the process.

Data you provide in one of these surveys will be used by BU for analysis, to improve our understanding of the postgraduate experience and inform decisions about BU’s provision.  Your name and email address are used for administration of the survey, but BU deletes these identifiers before accessing survey responses. It is important that you follow the guidance within the survey itself to avoid including potentially identifiable information about yourself or others in your responses. Your personal data and survey responses will not be used for the purposes of identifying you or to make any decisions about you personally. You will not be identified in any publication by BU which relates to the survey results.

The legal basis for processing your data within the survey is your consent.  There is no obligation or requirement for you to participate in the survey.

For further information about the administration of the survey, please see below: For more details on how BU processes the personal data of its students generally and your rights under the data protection legislation please read our Student Privacy Notice.

If you have any queries about the processing of your data, please email BU’s Data Protection Office, or by phone 01202 961315: or by post to Data Protection Office, c/o Legal Services, Melbury House M209, 1-3 Oxford Road, Bournemouth BH8 8ES.

PTES & PRES prize draws: to encourage participation in the surveys, BU offers those completing one of these surveys to participate in a prize draw.  This is optional: you can complete the survey and choose not to take part in the prize draw. 

To ensure anonymity and comply with data protection legislation, your optional participation in the prize draw is recorded via a separate survey. This ensures your responses to PTES/PRES is not associated with your participation in the prize draw. The data you provide when participating in the prize draw is only used for the purpose of the prize draw and will be deleted once the winners are confirmed.