Data Protection

Training and events

Data protection training for all staff is available through Learn, events will be listed on the SharePoint site

Under the University's Data Protection Policy, all staff have responsibility for data protection compliance in their day-to-day work. To keep up to date with these responsibilities, staff must complete the University's mandatory data protection training module.

Academics conducting research and the research support staff members must also complete the additional module “Data Protection for Research”. 

How to enrol

The course is in the University on-line learning environment, Learn.   

Learn self enrol tab in right top corner of the screen

University online learning environment, Learn [University login required]

Within Learn, find the [Self Enrol] tab, near the top of the page. 

Scroll down. To enrol on the course, select the enrol button, then press ok. Once enrolled, this course will appear on your Homepage next time you log in.

If you are a researcher, you will also need to do the 'Data Protection for Research' course. 

Both courses can also be found by searching for the course names through the search function. 

Accessibility needs

Every attempt has been made to ensure this course is as accessible as possible in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2. However, if for any reason related to a disability you are unable to complete this online training, please contact the Data Protection Officer on or phone 0131 651 4114 to arrange an alternative method of delivery.


Events for the Data Protection Champions and others will be listed in the Newsfeed of the Data Protection SharePoint site. 


Tailored briefings

How to arrange a tailored briefing.

Briefings can be arranged to discuss any aspect of data protection, and can be tailored to the needs of your audience.

The briefing may be a stand-alone event, or it can take place as part of a wider school meeting or existing departmental training session.

The length of time you choose to allocate for briefings is very flexible and can vary from 10 minutes to two hours. For example, it can be comprised of a short 10-minute presentation with a 20-minute question and answer session or vice versa.

You may want a briefing for your unit if:

  • Your colleagues have questions about data protection topics
  • A refresher or awareness raising session would be helpful
  • You would like a briefing for your area on any data protection issue

The DPO is happy to hold a session of any length. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.