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The OU is committed to the principles of data protection and best practice in handling information. All personal information is held in secure files and will be processed only for the purposes you were told about when you registered.
Within the University, information is transferred only to those who need it for the purposes of our academic and other services to you.
Some information about you will be sent to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). You’ll find more information about this in our Data protection policy on www.open.ac.uk/essential-documents
You can access information about your research degree registration on the qualifications page of your personalised StudentHome website at:
Your username and password will have been sent to you following the acceptance of your registration, and you are strongly advised to make sure that you are able to sign on to view your student record at the start of your studies. Detailed onscreen help is provided.
You should find the following information on the qualifications page:
You have the right under the Data Protection Act 1998 to a copy of the personal data the University holds about you, and to information about its processing. you should make your request in writing to the Data Protection Coordinator (contact details are in Section 11 of this handbook).top ^
Our full Data protection policy is on www.open.ac.uk/essential-documents but note that the policy covers our taught students as well as research students so you will find that not all of it is relevant to you.
If you need more information or advice about data-protection matters, please ask the Data Protection Coordinator.