On the 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (commonly referred to as GDPR) came in to effect. These regulations are a significant upgrade on the way data protection is managed in the UK, building on the existing legislation introduced in 1998. Mary Ward is committed to meeting the requirements set out in the new regulations and want to ensure that the personal data of students, staff and others who work with us, is only collected because we need it, is kept safely, is not shared with anyone who should not see it and is disposed of when we no longer need it.

The Mary Ward Settlement Data Management and Records Policy includes more information about GDPR and you can see a copy by clicking on the link below:

Link to policy

There is also plenty of information about GDPR on the Information Commissioner’s website. This can be accessed through the link below:

Guide to GDPR

One of the important new requirements is that we provide a range of information to anyone we are collecting personal data from. This information is provided in the form of a statement called a Privacy Notice. This includes the legal basis for collecting the information, what we intend to do with the information and who we share it with. We have decided to produce a number of privacy notices covering a range of specific issue, most of which relate to our students. Please click the links below in order to see those that may be of interest to you.

Student related Privacy Notices


Learning Agreement

Pre course assessments

Pre course health assessments

Photo’s & Videos

Student waiting list

Bursary applications

Installment agreements

Students with Additional Learning Support

Students with PEEPs and PAPs

(Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans and Personal Assistance Plans)

Student comment

Student feedback

Other Privacy Notices

Job applicants



Mary Ward Settlement has a Data Protection Officer. His name is Allister Duncan and he is the MWS Assistant Chief Executive. If you have any concerns about data protection then please contact Allister. His email address is