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1) Privacy Statement

This outlines the Irish Management Institute (IMI) Privacy Statement for Participants undertaking Executive Development programmes leading to awards of University College Cork.

Irish Management Institute (IMI) is a not-for-profit company incorporated in Ireland and having its registered office at Sandyford, Dublin 16. IMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of University College Cork. Applicants to and participants on programmes leading to University College Cork (UCC) awards consent during the registration process to the sharing of their data with UCC for fair processing purposes as identified in this IMI Privacy Statement. Data transferred to and held within UCC is held according to UCC’s Data Protection Policies.

IMI “IMI” or “we” or “us” or “our” and is inclusive of any member company within our group, which means any subsidiary or holding company with the meaning of section 7 and 8 of the Companies Act 2014.


2) Our Commitment  

IMI is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and we take our responsibilities seriously in relation to the processing of personal data. This Privacy Statement (the “Statement”) (together with our Terms and Conditions of Website Use and any other documents referred to) sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read this Statement carefully as it sets out important information about how we process your personal data and protect your rights.

IMI is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We follow best practice guidelines to help protect your information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure.

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area. For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018, and unless we have entered into a different arrangement or agreement with you, IMI is the processor of your data.


3) What is Personal Data? 

Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation Personal Data is defined as follows:  Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. 

3.1 Special Categories of Personal Data – known as ‘sensitive data’ 

Certain data are classified under the Regulation as “special categories”: 

  • Racial 
  • Ethnic origin 
  • Political Opinions 
  • Religious Beliefs 
  • Trade-union membership 
  • Genetic Data 
  • Biometric Data 
  • Health Data 
  • Data concerning a natural person’s sex life 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Other 

Consent is required for IMI to process both types of personal data, and it must be explicitly given. Where we are asking you for sensitive personal data we will always tell you why and how the information will be used. 


4) Fair Processing Notice: Why we need to Collect and Store Personal Data 

For some of the services which we offer, we require information from you. The personal information we collect from you may include:  

  • Name 
  • Address 
  • Telephone number 
  • Email address 
  • Job title
  • PPS number 
  • Date of birth 
  • Credit card details 
  • Awards and qualifications and assessment grades from previous education 
  • Employer name and details 
  • Disability and or health information to enable the provision of reasonable accommodations 

 The personal data we collect from you will only be used for the following purposes: 

  • The provision of training and education, membership, alumni and consultancy services including reasonable accommodations and other associated services 
  • The organisation of application, enrolment, registration, assessment, accreditation and quality assurance 
  • Normal communication in relation to the above services 
  • Correspondence in relation to Billing and Accounts Receivable in respect of the above services 
  • Programme and event notifications, new service offerings and service updates 
  • Event booking and management 
  • Room hire and residence bookings 

By consenting to this Privacy Statement, you are giving us permission to perform those actions. You may withdraw consent at any time by sending an email to: gdpr@imi.ie 


5) Sharing Your Data with UCC 

IMI will share your personal data with UCC for purposes of fair processing in the provision of education and training services leading to awards of UCC.  By agreeing to this Privacy Statement, you are giving your consent to this sharing.  Data shared with UCC will be held within UCC systems according to UCC’s Data Protection Policies. 


6) How IMI manages your data 

IMI (IMI) will process – that means collect, store and use – the information you provide in a manner that is compatible with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will endeavour to keep your information accurate and up to date and not keep it for longer than is necessary. In some instances, the law sets the length of time information has to be kept, but in most cases the IMI will use its discretion to ensure that we do not keep records outside of our normal business requirements. 


7) Specific Privacy Matters relating to your Programme Participation  

7.1) Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – retention period

Please note that participants do not retain perpetual access to VLE – Access will expire.  Once your last assignment is submitted, participants are encouraged to store/download any assignments or notes, that they wish to keep, elsewhere as VLE is not intended for perpetual storage. 

7.2) Assignments, Assessments and Examination scripts 

All submitted assessments will be stored on our password protected Virtual Learning Environment System (VLE). The Programme Director, grading faculty and the external examiner for the programme will have access to participant’s work for grading purposes. 

Please note that all submitted assignments and examination scripts will be kept for 7 years in order to meet AACSB accreditation requirements.  It is in participants interest to ensure they retain electronic copies of their assignments for future reference. Where Psychometrics form part of the programme, they will only be stored for the duration of the programme and deleted thereafter.  

In line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is advised to anonymise any person(s) to whom they may refer in written assignments. It is not necessary to make the person’s position anonymous, but it is advisable for participants own protection that they do not use actual names.  

Any psychometric reports used on the programme will be destroyed after the programme ends.  This is in line with our Data Retention requirements. 

Please consult your Programme Director should you have further queries. The relevant Data Protection Policy for your programme is the UCC policy and it is located here. 

 7.3) Recording of sessions 

Presentations, workshops (or sessions within a workshop), and assignments may be recorded. This may be for the purpose of: 

  • IMI recording a lecturer’s presentation for review or distribution purposes.  
  • IMI recording an online or in person workshop for review, research or distribution purposes, or if a cohort, participant or client has asked for the workshop/session to be recorded. 
  • Individual reflective learning (for example reviewing coaching sessions).  
  • Assessment (for example recording of presentations and simulations).

7.4) Recording of an Online Presentation 

As part of online learning a lecturer’s presentation may be recorded. 

Participants should only view the recording but must not copy, record or download it. 

7.5) Recording of an Online Workshop 

Consent for the recording of the workshop/session will be sought virtually. If an online workshop/session is being recorded the invitation to the session will state “This session will be recorded, by joining this session, you are giving consent to it being recorded.” 

Participants will be reminded at the beginning of the workshop/session that the workshop/session is to be recorded. At the beginning of the workshop/session the lecturer will state ‘Please be reminded that by joining this session, you have explicitly given your consent for it to be recorded”. 

Participants will be advised not to enable their camera within the workshop. 

7.6) Recording of an In-Person Workshop/Session 

Everyone in the room will be advised that the session is to be recorded.  If you have any objection it is up to you to make this known to the Programme Director. 

The recording is stopped if something designated as commercially sensitive is discussed. 

Only members of the cohort and the programme team will have access to the recording. 

Participants should remain mindful of the sensitivity of the material they are discussing and consult the lecturer if they want to disclose sensitive information. 

Immediately after the session, the recording will be uploaded to a secure server and deleted from the recording device. 

7.7) Recording of an Assessment and Recording for the Purpose of Reflection (Online or In-person). T 

The general principles which will apply when IMI is recording an assessment piece or a session for reflection are: 

  • Everyone in the room will be advised that the session/assessment piece is to be recorded.  If you have any objection it is up to you to make this known to the Programme Director. 
  • The recording is stopped if something designated as commercially sensitive is discussed. 
  • Where recordings are made for assessment purposes, the Programme Director, and Programme Co-ordinator will have access to recordings. Recordings may be shared with moderators and External Examiners in the process of grading. 
  • Where the recording is for the purpose of reflection, only those present at the session, the Programme Director and Programme Co-ordinator will have access to the recording.  These recordings must not be shared with anybody else. 
  • In exceptional circumstances participants may need to record sessions themselves, or have the session recorded for them. This can be facilitated at the discretion of the Programme Director and with the explicit permission of all persons who will be subject to the recording. 
  • Participants should remain mindful of the sensitivity of the material they are discussing and consult the lecturer if they want to disclose sensitive information. 
  • If the recording is in-person, immediately after the session, the recording will be uploaded to a secure server and deleted from the recording device. 
  • If the recording is online, the recording will be held on the Zoom server and then stored on Vimeo. 

In situations where actors are engaged as part of role plays/simulations, whether for feedback or assessment, these recordings will only be able to viewed by the Programme Director, Programme Co-ordinator, external examiner and any moderator. It will not be published on VLE. 

 7.8) Ethics 

If a programme assignment requires you to collect personal data (which includes research data) from individuals you must comply with the Ethics policy and procedure, details of which can be found here. 

7.9) Group Work 

Some IMI graduate programmes require groupwork. The programme co-ordinator may share the email details of those within a study or work group with other members of the group to which they are assigned for the purpose of completing group assignments or groupwork. If you have any objection, you are required to make this known to the programme co-ordinator before or on the first day of your programme.  

8.) Employer Sponsorship 

If your employer is funding your attendance at this programme, and you have agreed that your employer should have access to any or all of your personal data you are required to include a copy of the approval letter and details around the personal data you have agreed to share with your employer. If you have a data sharing arrangement and do not have a copy of this letter, please consult your employer. 


9.) Additional Information Provision  

The IMI, and/or UCC, may wish to send you marketing information about its services from time to time. You do not have to agree to this. If you change your mind to the use of your personal data for marketing use, please email gdpr@imi.ieand ask for removal of your details. All our electronic marketing material carries an unsubscribe option, so you can also unsubscribe at any time. 

Our aim is not to be intrusive, and we undertake not to ask irrelevant or unnecessary questions. Moreover, the information you provide will be subject to rigorous measures and procedures to minimise the risk of unauthorised access or disclosure. 


10.) Details of other third parties with whom we share personal data 

As indicated above, IMI will share your personal data with UCC for purposes of fair processing in the provision of education and training services leading to awards of UCC. 

The IMI may also share relevant personal data with the following categories of third parties where necessary, for purposes of fair processing, and where there is a legal basis to do so. 

  • State or regulatory bodies where we are required to do so by law. 
  • Firms including IT or Cloud service providers that provide essential services to the IMI; e.g. website hosting, Microsoft, Canvas, Moodle, Turnitin, etc.. 
  • Firms that provide professional services to the IMI such as legal firms and auditors. 
  • Firms that provide archiving and storage and disposal of confidential waste. 
  • Research and academic partners. 
  • Organisations including employers to whom you have given explicit consent for IMI to share data 
  • An Garda Síochána when we are required to do so by law. 

When we share your data with the third parties outlined here the IMI will endeavour only to share the data that is needed, that the data is only processed according to our specific instructions and that the same standards of confidentiality and security are maintained. Our contractors are obliged to keep your details securely and use them only to fulfil the service they provide you on our behalf Once the processing of the data is complete any third parties with whom data was shared, they will be required to return the data to the IMI save where they are required by law to retain it. 


11.) Access to your Personal Information 

You have the right to be given a copy of information held by us about you. We may charge a fee for this which will not exceed €5.00 euros. We will provide the requested information to you within 30 calendar days of the receipt of a valid request in writing or by email. Applications must be sent with proof of identity such as a passport copy or driving license. We will also require applications to include any personal data, which relates to our company, such as your username or password. 

You have the right to have any inaccuracies in the information held by us about you corrected, if inaccurate, or erased if we do not have a legitimate reason for retaining that information. We will accede to any such valid requests within 30 calendar days of the receipt of a valid request by email to gdpr@imi.ie. 

We reserve the right to request you to provide additional information in order to enable us to identify your personal data and/or to verify your identity. 


12.) Protection of Children’s Personal Information 

IMI does not knowingly collect any personal information from children. 


13.) Disclosure 

No personal information will be retained for longer than is necessary. 

Communicating via the Internet and sending information to you by other means necessarily involves your personal information passing through or being handled by third parties. 


14.) Governing Law and Jurisdiction 

This legal notice and all issues regarding use of your data are governed exclusively by Irish law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. 


15.) Your right to complain 

If you have a complaint about our use of your information, you can contact the Data Protection Commission via their website www.dataprotection.ie or write to them at: 

Data Protection Commission 

21 Fitzwilliam Square South
Dublin 2
D02 RD28


16.) Enforcement of this Privacy Statement 

If you have any questions regarding the above statement, please contact us at gdpr@imi.ie.