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Protecting your privacy

The HECSU website is delivered by Graduate Prospects ('Prospects') on behalf of HECSU (Registered charity number: 1055300). Prospects is committed to safeguarding any personal information you may provide to us and to protecting your privacy, as well as clearly stating how that information is used to deliver our service to you.

The purpose of this privacy statement is to assist you in understanding how we, Graduate Prospects, use the information collected via this website, and the choices you can make about how your information is used.

If we hold information on you, and changes to the privacy policy affect affect this information, we will notify you by email of any amendments and provide you with details of what to do next.

The services offered by Prospects are intended for persons over the age of 13. Users under the age of 13 are welcome to browse the Prospects website, but should not provide us with any personal information.

The information we collect

You do not have to provide any personal information in order to browse this website.

We may collect information about you when you register with HECSU, through the use of paper and electronic registration forms. This information may include your name, email address, and professional information to enable contact and personalisation. You are able to update the personal information we collect and hold about you at any time by contacting membership@hecsu.ac.uk.

In addition to this, when you use the HECSU website, we may collect tracking information such as your browser type, the operating system you use, the name of your internet service provider and pages visited on the site.

Prospects gets this information by using technologies, including cookies to increase the functionality and user-friendliness of the website, and to better tailor the website to your needs. For example, we may want to know how long the average user spends on our website, or which pages get the most attention. Information such as this will only be used in aggregate form and will not identify you personally.

In order to send email communications to our registrants, we use a third-party email service provider. Data will be transferred to our email service provider for this purpose. Our email service provider is currently Adestra. Please take a look at their privacy policy. We may, without notice, change our provider to one delivering similar services. Where this occurs, we will ensure that at least the same level of protection is applied to your data.

How the information is used

We collect information on our users to:

  • help us improve and provide a personalised service to you
  • conduct market research
  • reply to your enquiries more efficiently through the services we provide
  • run competitions
  • send you information relevant to your profession
  • inform you of new offers, products and services that may be of interest to you

We also use information in aggregate form (i.e. your individual details cannot be identified) to:

  • build up marketing profiles
  • aid strategic development
  • audit usage of the site
  • help us deliver relevant content to you on social media websites such as Facebook (see 'Online advertising we use')

Google re-marketing

Our websites use Google's re-marketing technology. This technology enables users who have already visited our online services, and shown interest in our services, to see targeted advertising on Google partner network websites. Likewise, users that are similar to the visitors of our websites can be addressed. The advertising will be displayed through the use of web cookies. Using cookies, the user behaviour on a website can be analysed and subsequently utilised to provide targeted product recommendations and advertising based on the user's interests.

If you would prefer not to receive any targeted advertising, you can deactivate the use of cookies for these purposes through Google. Alternatively, users can deactivate the use of cookies by third-party providers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative's deactivation website.

Please note that Google has its own data protection policy, which is independent of our own. We assume no responsibility or liability for their policies and procedures. Please read Google's privacy policy before using our websites.

Facebook Pixel

Our website utilises the 'Pixel' service of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ('Facebook'). This tool allows us to re-target users on Facebook after they have visited the Prospect site. It is also an analytics tool used to record the efficacy of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market research purposes. The collected data remain anonymous. This means that we cannot see the personal data of any individual user. However, the collected data is saved and processed by Facebook*. Facebook is able to connect the data with your Facebook account and use the data for their own advertising purposes, in accordance with Facebook's Data Use Policy. You can revoke your permission at Facebook - Website custom audiences.

(* Information accurate at the time of writing this statement.)

LinkedIn Insight Tag

Our website uses the LinkedIn Insight Tag. This tool allows us to re-target users using LinkedIn's advertising network after they have visited our website. It also allows us to see further data about the visitors to our website using the LinkedIn platform.

The LinkedIn Insight Tag enables the collection of metadata such as IP address information, timestamp, page views and events. All data is encrypted. The LinkedIn browser cookie is stored in a user's browser until a user deletes the cookie or the cookie expires.

To opt out of cookies from LinkedIn please visit your LinkedIn settings page. More information is available from the LinkedIn cookie policy.*

(* Information accurate at the time of writing this statement.)

How we share information with third parties

We do not share personally identifiable information with third parties. However, we reserve the right to release personal information without your consent or without consulting you, when we believe that this is appropriate - in order to comply with our legal obligations, to enforce our terms and conditions, to protect the security of this website or to prevent fraud.

From time to time we may share anonymous, aggregated information about visitors to this site to potential advertisers, business partners and sponsors such as the number of users we have, their average age, location, etc. This information will be shared in a way that ensures your identity is not revealed.

We may also share professional contact information, such as the details of the head of service at a particular institution, where that information is otherwise publicly accessible (i.e. on the institution’s own website).

Third party cookies in embedded content on HECSU pages

During your visit to the HECSU site you may notice some cookies that are not related to Prospects/HECSU.

To support our content, we sometimes embed content from social media and other third party websites. These may include YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. As a result, when you visit a page containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites and these third party cookies may track your use of the HECSU website. Prospects does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party's website for more information. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the HECSU website. However, you can find out about changing your cookie settings here.

Where HECSU embeds content from social media and other third party websites, some websites may use Google Analytics to collect data about user behaviour for their own purposes. Prospects does not control this. For more information, see the Google webpage How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps.

Cookies and other similar technologies

Prospects uses first-party and third party, session and persistent cookies, tags and other similar technologies as a means of collecting non-sensitive information on general website usage, so that we may improve your experience on our website.

Cookies are a small piece of information placed on your computer's hard drive via your web browser to enable the sender to identify, authenticate and maintain specific information about how users behave. Cookies make using the website's facilities quicker, easier and more convenient, as well as allowing registered Prospects users to be presented with a personalised version of the site.

If you would like to browse the HECSU website, you may do so without accepting cookies. For more information on the cookies used on this website and how to opt out of accepting cookies, see our ‘Cookies used on HECSU’ section below. Please read this information in full before deciding whether to disable cookies, as doing so may reduce your enjoyment of our website.

Cookies used on HECSU

Cookies enable us to identify you when you're logged in, or which device you are using.

They are important to improve your experience on hecsu.ac.uk. We use the following types of cookies;

  • Strictly Necessary cookies let you move around the website and use essential features such as our searches and logged-in areas.
  • Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit.
  • Functionality' cookies are used to provide our core services or to save settings to improve your visit.
  • Targeting' cookies are deployed by third parties, such as Facebook, Twitter and our advertising partners. They may subsequently use information about your visit to target you with advertising that you may be interested in, on this and other websites.

The website aboutcookies.org gives you detailed step by step guidance on how to control and delete cookies depending on your browser type. You can adjust your browser settings to your preferred level of protection. The list below provides links to privacy controls for third-party websites that deliver cookies via our website within advertisements or widgets.

Links

This website contains links to other websites that are not controlled by Prospects. This privacy statement applies only to this website.

Updating your personal information

Please keep us informed of any changes in your personal details. You can at any time update or correct your registration information and change your choices about the information services you would like to receive, by contacting membership@hecsu.ac.uk.

Requesting a copy of your personal information

You may, at any time, request a copy of the personal information we hold on you, free of charge. To do this, please contact us via email at privacy@prospects.ac.uk. We will aim to respond within three working days and provide the information within 28 days.

Unsubscribing and disabling your membership

You may unsubscribe from Prospects/HECSU/Luminate emails by following the unsubscribe link in any of our email communications to you or, alternatively, by contacting membership@hecsu.ac.uk.

To delete your membership, please contact membership@hecsu.ac.uk. Please note that deleting your membership does not remove the information we hold on you. If you would like us to remove your personal information from our systems, please contact privacy@prospects.ac.uk.

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