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The University's relationship with students

The University of Edinburgh's approach to our relationship with our students recognises their status as adults—even those who have not yet reached the majority age of 18. 

Among the principles guiding the University of Edinburgh's relationship with its students are the following:

  • Students are given privacy in their academic and personal lives and are trusted to be able to manage their own affairs, including decisions and responsibilities around academic, financial and personal issues.




Data Protection

In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the University is careful not to share particular information about students without their prior consent. However, in exceptional circumstances we may contact parents and carers if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the student. More information about the University's Data Protection policies can be found on the University Records Management website.

What is Data Protection? page of the University Records Management website