Freedom of Information and Data Protection
Freedom of Information and Data Protection enquiries should be made to Nicholas Seager, Registry Information & Systems Manager, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS or RCMFoi@rcm.ac.uk
Publication Scheme (79 kb)
Data Protection Guidance (67 kb)
Subject Access Request Form (41 kb)
Introduction to Data Protection
The RCM recognises the importance of protecting its information assets and, in particular, the information relating to its staff, students and other individuals in whatever form that information is held.
The RCM needs to keep and process certain information about such persons so that, for example, staff can be recruited and paid, programmes organised, facilities provided and legal obligations to funding bodies and government complied with. As part of its teaching and research commitments it will also utilise information about other people, eg visitors attending concerts. In doing so, the RCM must comply with data protection legislation and process that information in accordance with the eight Data Protection Principles set out in the legislation.
The RCM's Data Protection Officer, the Registry Information & Systems Manager, will handle day-to-day issues relating to notification, advice on compliance and with subject access requests.
All data, whether held electronically or manually, must be kept securely and not disclosed unlawfully.
The RCM respects the right of its staff, students and others to access personal data about them which is being held by the RCM, either electronically or in a relevant filing system, to check that it has been fairly obtained, that it is accurate, and to have such data corrected where necessary. It also recognises the right of a data subject to withdraw consent to the processing of personal data where such processing could cause them significant damage or distress.
Introduction to Freedom of Information
The RCM aims to publish as much information as possible via our Publication Scheme (see PDF above). If you wish to request information that is not covered in the Publication Scheme then please submit your request in writing to the Registry Information & Systems Manager.
Freedom of Information legislation extends the public’s rights of access to information held by public authorities, includes higher education institutions, and imposes a number of obligations on them. Members of the public have a statutory right (with some minor limitations) to request any information held by the RCM, regardless of when it was created, by whom, or the form in which it is now recorded.
The RCM has a ‘Publication Scheme’ which is a list of the classes of information the RCM has committed itself to publishing. Its purpose is to ensure that the RCM, as a public authority, makes as much information as possible publicly available. The RCM has made available (see PDF above) all the information included in its approved Scheme.
The public, including other corporate bodies, have the right to make a request for any other information not already published under the Publication Scheme.