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Privacy statement: Registering to receive email communications

How we use your information when you register to receive email communications.

The Online Learning Marketing team processes your personal data in order to send you relevant information about studying at the University of Edinburgh, as well as to let you know about further information opportunities such as Open Days and virtual events relating to online degrees.

We are using your personal data because you have given us consent to be added to our mailing list, or because you have consented to a third party sharing your data with us.

In the legitimate interest of monitoring the effectiveness of recruitment activities, we may use your data to track whether you engage in further activities with us or go on to make an application; this is for statistical purposes only.

The Online Learning Marketing team will hold the personal data you have provided to us until the end of the following admissions cycle. (e.g. if you subscribe to our mailing list between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023, we will hold your data until 30 September 2024). After this period we will remove you from our contact database. Alternatively, you can opt out of the mailing list at any time.

This processing of your personal data will have no impact on the outcome of any current or future application to the University of Edinburgh.


The Online Learning Marketing team uses Dotdigital to supply its bulk email service for prospective students, applicants and advisers. You can unsubscribe from Dotdigital communications at any time. This is a third party service which is not operated by the University of Edinburgh. Dotdigital’s terms of use can be viewed at:

Dotdigital's Terms

Dotmailer’s privacy policy can be viewed at:

Dotdigital's Privacy Policy


If you have any questions, please contact:

with ‘personal data enquiry’ in the subject box.


This Privacy Statement is continued at:

Records Management Privacy Notice