The Impact of General Data Protection Regulation on Colleges Workshop

29 Sep 2017 09:30 - 16:00

London, ETC Venues Moorgate, Tenter House

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act in May 2018 and colleges need to understand how the new rules affect their work. It will affect their work significantly as the rules cover the collection, handling, sharing, use and disposal of personal data of staff, students and others. If colleges do not apply with the new regulations, there are significant penalties in place, including fines of a percentage of an organisation's turnover.

This essential workshop takes a thorough look at the changes that will be brought about as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These new rules are due to come into effect in 2018 and we will look at their impact on colleges as well as how the recent Brexit vote will affect them. We will look at the differences between the current Data Protection Act (DPA) regime and the GDPR, and identify key actions that will be required to prepare for the biggest change to data protection law for 20 years.

This workshop has been specifically designed for colleges and will focus on how the changes affect them from a practical point of view. Sessions will include briefings on the new rules, exercises, quizzes and opportunities for Q&A.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at college administrators and marketing staff.

There will be another workshop taking place in October in Birmingham designed specifically for Data Protection Officers. Register your interest. 


  • Understand the differences between current data protection requirements and the new law
  • Know what rights individuals (students, staff and others) will have and how to fulfil them
  • Be aware of the responsibilities of their employer
  • Know where to go for further help and information on the new requirements
  • Produce an action plan to prepare for the new requirements


  • Failure to comply with the GDPR can result in reputational damage, damage to relations with staff and students, and enforcement action from the Information Commissioner (this can include significant fines)
  • Staff attending the workshop will be able to communicate to colleagues about the requirements under GDPR that affect them; assist colleges in identifying essential actions to prepare for the new rules; and begin to identify the risks that colleges have in this area and identify mitigating actions.
  • Aside from avoiding regulatory action, colleges that improve their management of personal data can gain improvements in efficiency, reputation and working relationships.