Staff applicant – terms and conditions of use

University of Plymouth – privacy notice

We know that you care about your personal data and how it is used, and we want you to trust that the University of Plymouth (the “University”) uses your personal data carefully and is committed to protecting your personal and sensitive personal data. These staff applicant Terms and Conditions of Use are applicable to all registered users of this system, including applicants and those registered as potential applicants.
Our privacy statement explains what types of personal information will be gathered and how this information will be used. In this statement “UoP”, “us”, “our” and “we” means University of Plymouth and also includes the University’s subsidiary company University of Plymouth Services Limited. 
The University is committed to protecting your personal and sensitive personal data, working in accordance with current data protection legislation. We are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z7546246 for the University of Plymouth and ZA779873 for University of Plymouth Services Ltd. The University will process your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and this privacy notice is issued in accordance with the GDPR articles 13 and 14.
The University has appointed a Data Protection officer and can be contacted via email:
We have tried to keep this Notice as simple as possible, but if you are not familiar with terms, such as cookies, IP addresses, and browsers, then please read about these key terms first.
If your application is successful and you are employed by the University, your data will be transferred to the University’s HR systems. Our Staff Privacy Notice on our website explains how staff personal data is processed.

Why do we collect your data?

In order to apply for a vacancy using this service, you are required to register your details and confirm that you agree to these Terms and Conditions, which include a link to the University’s main Privacy Statement. Registered users of the system may create, maintain and submit applications for specific vacancies at the University of Plymouth.
Limited information is required to register with the staff applicant service, such as email address and first and last names. To proceed to apply for vacancies and in order that the University can consider your application, you will be asked to provide additional personal information, some within the equality and diversity monitoring form and some of which may depend on the vacancy you are applying for.
Other external recruitment websites may advertise University jobs (for example NHS Jobs), some of which require registration and for applications to be submitted directly on their site. Once data is accessed by the UoP, this will be processed in accordance with the details held within this privacy notice.

What type of data do we collect?

Generally, the following are examples of personal data (not exhaustive) which may be collected, stored and used:
  • Your name, address, date of birth and contact details, including email address, home address and telephone numbers
  • Gender and other equality data (special category data)
  • Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in an application form, CV or cover letter or as part of the application process)
  • Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records, ethnic origin and disability information
  • Information about criminal convictions and offences (where appropriate)
  • Assessment/interview notes detailing a candidate’s suitability for the role applied for, including references.
Note, any special category data collected at application stage will be held on a strictly confidential basis, separate from the rest of your application and will not be used as part of the selection process. These will be held in compliance with GDPR and only discussed with the selection panel where it is relevant to the post you have been offered.
All information required is clearly identified throughout the online application form.

How do we use your data?

The information contained in any submitted applications will be used in the administration of the recruitment and selection procedure, specifically:
  • Short-listing
  • Invite to interview
  • Interview assessment
  • Contract offer / references if successful (please refer to staff privacy notice) i.e. short-listing, etc.
The information provided to register online as an applicant will not be accessible to anyone and will be retained for the sole purpose of enabling you to apply for a vacancy in the future, until you have submitted an application.
You can delete any un-submitted applications at any point. Your registered email address will only be used to contact you with important information regarding the application process.
The University reserves the right to review registration records created in the staff applicant system and periodically delete those records where no application has been made. Where this applies, you will be required to register again to use the service.
The information collected in the equality and diversity monitoring form does not form part of the assessment. It will not be shared outside of the system and is used solely to monitor the effectiveness of the University’s equality and diversity policy.
What is the lawful basis for processing personal data?
The University processes potential applicants and applicants’ data for the above purposes under the following conditions:
  • Where consent has been provided
  • In order for the University to fulfil its obligations to take steps prior to entering into a contract of employment
  • Where the University needs to comply with a legal obligation (for example, the detection or prevention of crime and financial regulations)
  • Where it is necessary for the University’s legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and the interests and fundamental rights of the member of staff do not override those interests
  • To protect the vital interests of the member of staff or of another person (for example, in the case of a medical emergency)
  • In order to perform a task carried out in the public interest.
The University will only process special category data with the member of staff’s explicit consent or under the following conditions:
  • For the purposes of the member of staff and/or the University carrying out its obligations in the field of employment providing appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the individual’s fundamental rights and interests;
  • For the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • When it is needed to protect the member of staff or another person’s vital interests and the member of staff is not capable of giving your consent (for example, in an emergency);
  • For reasons of substantial public interest; or
  • Archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.
If your consent is required for any specific use of your personal data, it will be collected at the appropriate time.

Who has access to your data?

Your information is held securely by the University by Human Resources within its database and is carefully controlled with no access being granted externally to organisations or individuals other than those acting in a capacity as agents for the University, or where an external body is party to the recruitment process. The University ensures that agents working on its behalf comply with GDPR and other applicable legislation.
Internally your data will only be shared with staff who require it in order to consider and / or process your application, specifically the HR team, Recruiting manager, the selection panel and relevant administrative support.
We take your privacy and the security of your data seriously and requests for access to your data are only approved if there is a legitimate reason which is covered by the relevant lawful basis. If your consent is required that would be collected in advance of your information being shared.
The University will disclose certain personal detail to external bodies for the legitimate interests of the University or of third parties as detailed below.
Disclosure to Details and legitimate grounds for processing
Advance HE To support our Athena Swan submission in relation to gender equality and Race Equality Charter in relation to racial equality.
Disclosure and Barring Service and First Advantage Group acting as an umbrella body on behalf of the University To ensure applicants’ suitability for particular positions of trust where clearance is required.
Higher Educational Statistical Analysis (HESA)
From Oct 22 HESA merged with JISC*
The University is required to provide data about applicants and information provided on the application form may later be used for this purpose.
*Any personal data processed by HESA as controller has now transferred to Jisc. How data is handled can be found here: (
NHS employers To facilitate the appointment of joint Follett employees / honorary staff.
Other employers To facilitate the management of external secondment contractual arrangements.
UK Visas and Immigration To meet obligations as a sponsor licence holder.
Right to Work checks The use of a third party supplier to provide digital right to work checks.

How long do we keep your data?

Applications will be kept on the system for the year in which you apply plus one full year, data is then anonymised and archived for a period of 6 years to comply with Athena Swan requirements. The University may retain your information for longer when required to do so to comply with UK employment and immigration regulations, for example your personal information will be kept as long as necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected in line with the University’s Records Retention Schedule and will be securely destroyed when no longer required.

Declaration by Applicants

When you submit an application to the University via the staff applicant Service, you are confirming that you agree to these Terms and Conditions of Use, including the following declaration:
- I declare that the information given in this application is, to the best of my knowledge, complete and correct
- I understand that any appointment offered will be subject to University regulations
- I understand that this information will be stored and used in accordance with the University’s applicant privacy notice and the University data retention schedule.
Please note that the information you have provided will automatically be entered into a computerised record system. Records are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the data protection legislation. The information is used to progress your job application and is also used for statistical analysis and returns, and to monitor the effectiveness of the University's Equality & Diversity and recruitment policies (see applicant privacy notice). If you wish to exercise any of your rights under the data protection legislation please contact
Please check the box below to confirm you agree to this declaration and understand how your information will be used.
I accept and agree to the above statement.

What rights do I have?

As a data subject you have a number of rights in relation to your personal data. You can:
  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request
  • require the University to amend incorrect or incomplete data
  • require the University to stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing
  • object to the processing of your data where the University is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing
  • require us to erase your personal data
  • require us to restrict our data processing activities (and, where our processing is based on your consent, you may withdraw that consent, without affecting the lawfulness of our processing based on consent before its withdrawal)
  • receive from us the personal data we hold about you which you have provided to us, in a reasonable format specified by you, including for the purpose of you transmitting that personal data to another data controller.
Please note that the above rights are not absolute and the University may be entitled to refuse requests where exceptions apply. The University also reserves the right to modify, edit, delete and suspend temporary or permanently the service at any time.
If you wish to exercise any of these rights or if you have a complaint about the way you believe your data is being processed, in the first instance, please email:
If you have a complaint and you remain dissatisfied with how your complaint has been dealt with, you can take your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a review. They can be contacted at

Changes to this notice

This privacy notice is reviewed annually or when required to ensure compliance with data protection legislation. If significant changes are made to this notice and the way we treat your personal information we will make this clear and may seek to communicate this directly to you.

Staff Applicant Privacy Policy PDF