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

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

Data Protection Privacy NoticeĀ - Student Waiting List

One of the important new requirements is that we tell anyone we are collecting personal data on some important information. This includes the legal basis for collecting the information, what we intend to do with the information and who we share it with. This statement is called a privacy notice and a number of these, covering a number of different circumstances can also be seen by clicking below:

Links to various privacy notices

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

Data Protection Privacy Notice – Enrolment Form

Data And Records Management Policy