Privacy and Data Protection

Privacy statement

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland is fully committed to the principles of data protection, as set out in the Data Protection Act. The Trust considers the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important.

Why we collect personal information

To fulfil our charitable mission to support academic study and research at the Universities of Scotland we process personal information in connection with our grant making activities.

The Carnegie Trust also handles personal information when measuring the impact of its funding schemes.

What information we collect and how we use this

When completing an application form for one our funding schemes, you may be asked for personal information.

The personal information provided will be used by the Trust to manage its relationship with you, help us deliver the services you have asked to use, or to send you information you have requested.

At times, we may offer you the opportunity to receive additional information about our activities. You may opt out of this at any time by contacting us.

Information you supply in connection with a grant application and any funding arising from that application will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

Grant application forms explain how personal information provided at the time of application, and any subsequent award, is used.

How we protect personal information

Appropriate organisational and technical measures are used to ensure your personal data is secure and protected from loss, misuse and unautorised access or alteration.

On occasion, the Trust may implement changes or improvements to its systems. Any information used to test or develop new systems is managed in a secure and confidential manner.


From time to time, we undertake online surveys among current and previous grantholders and others to evaluate the impact of our funding schemes and services.

Survey results are only used to evaluation purposes. Information contained in survey results will never be attributed to the person who submitted it without their explicit consent. Survey results are anonymised and, for information and/or research purposes, may also be made available to other organisations.

All data collected through surveys will be held securely by the Trust. It will be anonymised and stored for a maximum of two years, after which it will then be destroyed. Data required for career-tracking purposes may be kept for a longer period of time. Information used for career-tracking purposes will be anomysed.