How long is your data kept?
We will retain your data only for as long as we need it to meet our purposes, including any relating to legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
If you are admitted as a student, we will retain the personal data collected during the admissions process for 10 years after the start of the academic year in which you were admitted to the SIT. We do this so we can respond to any queries you or third parties may have about your application or studies, qualifications or student experience, to prepare references, to respond to any concerns or complaints and as part of our assessment of any future application you make for further studies at the SIT. We are required by law to retain some data for longer, for example, if you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake your studies, we will retain your information in order to meet the audit requirements of the Home Office.
If your application is unsuccessful, or you decline an offer of a place at the SIT, we will retain your personal data for 3 years after the start of the academic year for which you applied. We do this so we can respond to any queries you or third parties may have about your application, to respond to any concerns or complaints and as part of our assessment of any future application you make for further studies at the SIT.
If you defer an application from one academic year to the next the above schedules will apply from the start of the academic year to which your application was deferred.
Your core application record (see 'What personal data will be processed?' above) is retained indefinitely to carry out statistical analysis in relation to applicant groups and student population or for historical or research purposes or to meet such reporting obligations as may be imposed on the SIT by relevant authorities, for example the Office for Students. Information held for these purposes will not be used to make decisions about you or to contact you with any marketing or other materials.