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Privacy Notice


Our Privacy Notice  can be read in full below:


St Chad’s College Privacy Notice

Data Controller

The Data Controller is St Chad’s College Durham. Our Registration Number in the Data Protection Public Register is Z1470934.



The St Chad’s College (‘the College’) Development and Alumni Office (‘the Office’) supports a global community of stakeholders (students, alumni, parents, donors, mentors, employers, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates) related to the research, engagement and outreach activities pursued by the College. In order to deliver all of the related products, services and opportunities in a bespoke manner and to ensure each individual and constituency receives relevant information, the Office process personal data of stakeholders. This helps to ensure that you are getting the best contact available from the College for your purposes. This also helps us, where appropriate, to ask for your support with the things we believe you care about the most.


Types of personal data collected and held by the College and University and method of collection

If you are a student/graduate, some of the personal data that the College holds about you is transferred from your University of Durham (‘the University’) student record to the University’s alumni database, Raiser’s Edge. This personal data will have been collected from you as part of your studies application process or provided by you via updates to your department or the College during your time as a student and will include:


Your name, title, gender preference, nationality and date of birth;

Your home or parental address, email address and telephone numbers;

Your former school and/or university;

Your familial relationships (parents, grandparents and siblings);

UCAS Number.


Some of the personal data the College and the University holds about you has been created by us as part of your education record, namely:


Mode of study (e.g. full-time, part-time, distance learning);

Academic department and programme of study;

Start, end and graduation dates;

Reason for leaving, type and classification of degree;

The college(s) you attended and your membership of a Junior or Middle or Senior Common Room (JCR/MCR/SCR)/clubs/societies/sporting teams.

Some of the personal data the College and University holds about you is provided by you during your transactions with us (contact details updates, and website activity, event registration, volunteer activity or making/soliciting a donation), namely:


Your bank account number, name and sort code (used for processing Direct Debits);

Gift amount, purpose, date and method of payment including cheque numbers or payment references.  At no point do we store payment card details if you donate, or pay for an event, using a payment card;

Tax status and Gift Aid Declaration information;

Your spouse/partner’s name and whether they are also a Durham alumna/us;

Updates to your contact details;

Children’s names, gender and year of birth;

Record of verbal or email conversations/meetings including any personal interests;

Dietary preferences;

Web activity whilst visiting or


The College may hold personal data relating to your professional history. This data may have been provided by you, or it may have been obtained from social media (e.g. LinkedIn,Twitter, Facebook) or publicly available sources (Companies House and other business-related resources, the World-Wide-Web, publications and news articles such as Queen’s Honours List, Times Rich List, and the National Change of Address File and other services that provide email addresses and telephone numbers), namely:


Your employment status (e.g. part-time, full-time, retired);

Your current job title and work email address;

Your previous role(s) and job title;

Your current and past employers, name, address and telephone number;

The dates that you have been employed in any particular role;

Your photograph;

Your income band.


The College may hold personal data that has been created by the University or the College from other personal data that we already hold (i.e. name, address, postcode, employment data), either through internal or external research/profiling, namely:


Your estimated asset worth, property value and shareholdings;

An estimate of income and potential capacity to make a large gift;

Philanthropic interests and gifts to other charitable organisations;

Internal classifications and ratings as a major gift prospect;

A rating of your level of engagement which is created from a mix of your event attendance, donation history and other interactions with the University and the College.


How personal data is stored by the College and the University

Personal data of alumni, donors and other stakeholders is stored by the Office in a propriety database called Raiser’s Edge.  Raiser’s Edge is installed on the University’s servers located in Durham. Access to personal data is restricted to those members of staff who have a requirement to maintain a relationship with you, and is controlled through password protection and user security profiles. All University employees, contractors and volunteers that are given access to personal data receive mandatory Data Protection training and have a contractual responsibility to maintain confidentiality.


How personal data is processed by the Office

Personal data is processed by the College and the University, departments, other Colleges and Durham Student Organisations to:


Promote events;

Send news and updates;

Recruit alumni volunteers and mentors;

Make fundraising appeals by email, direct mail, telephone and face-to-face meetings and ensure that we only send you communications about events or fundraising appeals that would be of interest to you.


Who the College and University shares personal data with

Personal data is shared with third party organisations in a limited number of instances.  The University is required to disclose some personal data of graduates to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the purpose of a survey of new graduates.


If you have registered to attend an event organised by volunteer alumni, The College may share with the volunteer a list of attendee names, year of graduation and department so that introductions can be made or seating plans created.


The College may share personal data with third party organisations which carry out contracts on behalf of the University (such as a venue hosting a College event).The College will only share personal data that is relevant and proportionate. The College’s partners are subject to contractual agreements which help to ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation. This will happen in the following circumstances:


To send you a copy of our printed alumni magazine or other newsletters;

To send you direct mail relating to our fundraising appeals;

To maintain your contact details so that we can keep in touch by letter, email or telephone;

To assess your ability to support the College with a major gift.

When the College shares personal data as detailed above we ensure that security is maintained, using tools such as encryption.

Personal data is NEVER sold on to third parties.


How long personal data is held by the College and University

The College considers its relationship with alumni, donors and other stakeholders to be life-long. This means that we will maintain a stakeholder record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. In this instance the Office will delete the majority of your personal data it holds, but will maintain basic personal data to ensure that we do not inadvertently create a new record in the future.


How to object to the College or University processing your personal data

Individuals have the right to object to the College or Univeristy processing their personal data for any or all of the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice; they may do so at any time. To exercise this right, please email: giving clear details of the processing activities and/or types of personal data to which your objection applies (see sections above for descriptions).


Access to personal information

You have a right to request copies of the data held about you by the College and the University. To do so please submit a Subject Access Request. Should you object to the holding of your data by the College and/or the University, the use of your data for any or all of the above purposes, or should you wish to amend the type of communications you receive or the way in which Durham University contacts you, please contact


Visitors to our websites

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be transparent about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.


Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 May 2017.


Further Information

If you have any questions which you feel have not been covered by this Privacy Notice, please do not hesitate to email us or write to:


The Director of Development

Development and Alumni Relations Office

St Chad’s College

18 North Bailey




James Holland – Historian and Author

James Holland (St Chad’s 1989-1992, BA History) is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War. He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Defence of the Admin Box in Burma. The first volume, The War in the West: Germany Ascendant, 1939-1941, is out now.

He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

James can be found on Twitter: @James1940.

He appeared on Radio 4s Today Show on 2nd of May, discussing The War in the West.

SCR Member Honoured by The Queen


Gillian Allnutt, poet and St Chad’s SCR member, has been awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry by Her Majesty the Queen.  

The Gold Medal for Poetry was instituted by King George V in 1933 at the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield. The award was presented to Gillian by The Queen on 21 February 2017.

The Medal is awarded for excellence in poetry, on the basis either of a body of work over several years, or for an outstanding poetry collection issued during the year of the award.

The Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy said of Gillian Allnutt’s writing:

“[It] roams across centuries, very different histories and lives, and draws together, without excuse or explanation, moments which link across country, class, culture and time.

The North is a constant touchstone in her work; canny and uncanny, its hills and coast, its ancient histories and its people.

Her poems progress over the years to a kind of synthesis of word-play and meditation. In her work the space between what is offered and what is withheld is every bit as important as what is said.

She has the power to comfort and to astonish in equal measure. In her outlook, her imagination, her concerns and her lyric voice she is unique.”

Gillian Allnutt was born in London in 1949 and spent much of her childhood in Newcastle upon Tyne before studying at the University of Cambridge. Her retrospective How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (2007) draws on six published books plus a new collection, Wolf Light, and includes references to family ties in North Norfolk and her life in the North East.

Gillian was co-editor of The New British Poetry (1988) and from 2001 to 2003 held a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Newcastle and Leeds Universities. Recently she has taught creative writing in the English Department here in Durham.

In 2009/10 Gillian held a writing residency with The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom From Torture) in the North East, working with asylum seekers in Newcastle and Stockton.


  • Spitting the Pips Out (Sheba, 1981)
  • Beginning the Avocado (Virago, 1987)
  • Blackthorn (Bloodaxe Books, 1994)
  • Nantucket and the Angel (Bloodaxe Books, 1997)
  • Lintel (Bloodaxe Books, 2001)
  • Sojourner (Bloodaxe Books, 2004)
  • How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007)
  • indwelling (Bloodaxe Books, 2013)



  • The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988) (co-editor)

Chantele Smith – Advancing technology in Barnsley Council

Chantele (St Chad’s 2006-2009) is the ICT Technical Specialist for Barnsley Council and has been instrumental in helping the council move towards the use of apps for many of their HR tasks. The use of technology to assist with payroll processes and leave requests is part of the council’s digital transformation, hoped to reduce costs and decrease processing time, but has faced difficulty with users unfamiliar or uncomfortable with apps.


Chantele will be presenting at the 2016 SAP UK and Ireland user group conference in Birmingham on 20-22 November, speaking about the journey Barnsley Council have taken from paper to app, and exploring her methods for overcoming the obstacles of unfamiliarity and fear of failure amongst users.

Jonathan Douglas – Director of the National Literacy Trust

Jonathan Douglas (St Chad’s 1988-1991) was appointed as the Director of the National Literacy Trust in 2007, having previously been Head of Policy Development at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In his current role he is responsible for strategic direction, financial management and day-to-day running of the charity, which aims to transform lives through improved literacy. He has also worked in Westminster Libraries in children’s services and as a librarian, as well as having been Professional Adviser for Youth and School Libraries at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Jonathan Douglas
Jonathan is currently on the Advisory Committee of the Man Booker Prize and is Chair of Governors at his local primary school.


In the news recently he has been quoted in support of calls to ring-fence funding for school libraries, made by the Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

“Recent surveys show that a large number of primary schools with designated library space have seen their budgets reduced and the number of librarians in English schools has fallen significantly. With wider cuts to public library services, the role of school libraries are more crucial than ever, and indeed need to expand to meet the needs of families … and as a welcoming space for the whole school community.”

For more on saving school libraries see the whole Huffington Post article. For more from Jonathan see his HuffPost blog.