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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2019 – Privacy Notice

This survey is carried out by Advance HE (AHE) (this organisation was previously known as the Higher Education Academy). AHE carry out the survey 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 the HEA 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 the survey will be used by BU for analysis, to improve our understanding of postgraduate student experience and inform decisions about BU’s provision. BU receives the survey results in an un-named form. Please follow the guidance within the online survey to avoid including potentially identifiable information about yourself or others in your responses. Your survey data 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 how BU processes the personal data of its students and your rights under the data protection legislation please see:

If you have any queries about the processing of your data, please contact BU’s Data Protection Office on, or 01202 962472: or by post to Data Protection Office, c/o Legal Services, Melbury House M209, 1–3 Oxford Road, Bournemouth BH8 8ES.