This page details the College’s Data Protection Policy pertaining to Alumni Relations, Supporter Engagement, and Fundraising. This forms part of Clare College’s overall Data Protection Scheme.

Data Protection Statement: Alumni & Development

This statement explains how the College (“we” and “our”) handles and uses data we collect about our alumni, our past, current and future supporters, and those who have requested to be on our mailing lists (“you” and “your”). In broad terms, we use your data to keep in touch with you as alumni (and life-long members of the College) and any past, current and future supporters, in order to keep you appraised of our activities and developments, to provide services to you, and to identify ways in which you can support us, through donations and/or other forms of financial and non-financial support.

How your data is used by the College

Your data is used by us for alumni relations, communications and fundraising purposes. These include:
• Publications;
• Surveys;
• Appeals and requests for donations, including assessments of your ability to donate, and research on when and whether particular fundraising appeals may be of interest to you;
• The promotion of alumni and other College events; and
• The promotion of other services open to our members.

Communications to you may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means, depending on the contact details we hold and the preferences expressed by you about the types of communications you wish to receive. In order to facilitate alumni events and promotion of services, other departments in College may have access to your Clare College education record and your contact details.

If you have concerns or queries about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us.

What data is held by the College?

We work closely with the University as a result of their shared interest in having a coordinated approach to their alumni and supporters. We have a separate database to the University, but we also have limited access to the University’s database: additionally, we maintain other electronic and paper records. Any transmission of data to or from the University is managed through agreed processes which comply with UK data protection legislation. The University has its own data protection statement and procedures: see:

Most records contain:
• Your contact details including your preferred e-mail and/or postal address, and telephone number;
• Details of your school, College and University education; and
• Unique personal identifiers (e.g. student number, date of birth).

Where provided by you, or provided by the University or obtained from reputable sources, we also record:
• Your attendance at College or University events;
• Other contact with us or the University since graduation;
• Your key relationships with other alumni or supporters of the College and/or the University and other Colleges within Cambridge;
• Your career highlights and other life achievements;
• Financial information relating to you and any of your key relationships (including but not necessarily limited to income, philanthropy and other giving);
• Donations made by you to either the College or the University;
• Information about your areas of personal interest;
• Personal data provided by you for a specific purpose or purposes (for example, any special access arrangements, catering preferences or event management); and
• Your communication preferences.

Where data is included from sources external to the University and the College, we only use data from our partners (as outlined below) or other reputable sources. We may use automated or manual analyses to link data together to help us identify your potential for supporting us and/or the University.

When the College shares your data with others

Depending on constraints set by you, and which you may change at any time, we may share any of the above categories of data with the University.

Additionally, we share data on a considered and confidential basis, where appropriate, with:
• Cambridge in America (the University’s affiliate alumni office in the US);
• Volunteer partners closely related to us (e.g. College trustees, development board members, alumni group representatives);
• Contractors providing services to you on our behalf e.g. contractors for our annual Telethon Campaign;
• Contractors providing services to us; and
• Third party agencies, which provide us with data in the public domain about alumni and supporters.

We employ consultants to guide us in appropriate fundraising best practice, and advise us on donation amounts for fundraising appeals. Consultants would be provided with the above categories of data in order to ascertain an individual’s ability to donate. All third parties are required to sign confidentiality agreements with us.

We do not sell your personal data to third parties under any circumstances, or permit third parties to sell on the data we have shared with them.

We also facilitate communication between individual alumni (of the College or the University), but in doing so we do not release personal contact details without prior permission.

Any transfers of your data overseas or to international organisations, as set out above, are protected either by an adequacy decision by the European Commission or by standard data protection clauses adopted by the European Commission (which are available from our Data Protection Officer) or, before 25 May 2018, by a self-assessment of adequacy.

Where data is included from sources external to the University and the College, we only use data from our partners (as outlined below) or other reputable sources. We may use automated or manual analyses to link data together to help us identify your potential for supporting us and/or the University.

Your rights

The legal basis for processing your personal data is your consent, where you have provided this, and otherwise our legitimate interest.

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting or by calling 01223 333218. There is no statutory or contractual requirement for you to provide us with any personal data.

In addition to the rights outlined above, you have the right: to ask us for access to, rectification or erasure of your data; to restrict processing (pending correction or deletion); to object to communications or direct marketing; and to ask for the transfer of your data electronically to a third party (data portability).

We will retain your data indefinitely or until you request us to do otherwise. We will publish on our website any changes we make to this data protection statement and notify you by other communication channels where appropriate.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Questions and further statutory information

The controller for your personal data is the College. The College’s Data Protection Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to the protection of personal data, and can be contacted at

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about the above information. Where you have specific requests relating to how we manage your data, we will endeavour to resolve these, but please note that there may be circumstances where we cannot comply with your specific request.

Where you opt out of all future communications or exercise your right to erasure, we will continue to maintain a core set of personal data (name, subject(s), matriculation and graduation details, unique University identification number and date of birth) to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in future, while still maintaining our record of your academic achievements. We may also need to retain some financial records about you for statutory purposes (e.g. Gift Aid, anti-fraud and accounting matters).

If you have any concerns about your personal data held by the University, you will need to contact the University separately.


Last revised 21 March 2017