The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), including Royal Academy of Dance Enterprises Ltd, is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This Privacy Notice explains:
- how, when and why we collect personal information
- how we use the information
- how long we keep it
- when and how we may share it with others
- how we keep it secure, and
- your privacy rights and how the law protects you
We only use personal information if we have an appropriate reason (lawful basis) to do so and this includes sharing information outside the Royal Academy of Dance.
How do we collect information from you?
We may obtain information about you when you:
- complete an online, electronic or paper application form
- speak to us on the telephone or in person
- email us
- visit our website(s)
- make a payment or donation
- make a booking for an event, class or workshop
- complete a survey online or paper version
- sign up to an RAD mailing list
- contact us through the online library catalogue
(The above list is representative, not exhaustive.)
What type of information is collected from you?
The personal information we collect may include your:
- date of birth/age
- home address
- email address
- telephone number
- school/business name
- school/business address
- credit/debit card information
- health or disability information (or other ‘special data’)
- emergency contact name, number and relation to you
- membership of professional bodies or associations
- dance teaching experience and/or skills, qualifications (dance, dance teaching, languages etc.)
- IP (internet protocol) address
- information regarding the web pages you have visited and when
(The above list is representative, not exhaustive).
How is your information used?
We use your information to:
- process an application that you have made for an activity (membership, CPD, class, course or programme of study) or event
- process an order for a product or other service
- process a payment (or credit) for a product or service
- process entries for competitions and bursaries
- seek your views or comments on the services we provide
- notify you of changes to our services
- send you communications/publications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you, which may include information about new products, services, events, and activities
- handle an enquiry or complaint you have made
- invite you to attend an event, seminar or conference
- ask you to support our work by making a donation or becoming a sponsor or supporter of the RAD, and
- to contact you in an emergency situation.
(The above list is representative, not exhaustive).
What is the lawful basis for processing my information?
As a complex, global organisation processing information in many different ways for different reasons across the RAD we have a different legal basis for processing in each situation. An overview of the lawful basis for processing your information in these circumstances is explained in the table below (however, if you want the specifics follow the Find out more links provided):
|Your information||Circumstances||Lawful basis|
relating to enrolling on courses and payment information
– to process an application for a Benesh International programme or module
– registration for regular dance school classes, GCSE & A Level enrolment
|Dance School, GCSE & A Level & Student Activities||Contract|
– processed in order to fulfil an order or complete a purchase of goods
– relating to student entries
– relating to the processing of payments and results
|Examinations||Contract (with teachers)|
|Processing of personal information||Facilities||Contract|
to process an application, or enrol on a Faculty of Education, programme/module
|Faculty of Education (HE)||Consent|
– for delivery of the practical teaching module.(communication between Practical Teaching Supervisor, student and mentor).
|Faculty of Education (HE)||Contract|
|Processing of personal information to register and pay for events||Fundraising & Events||Contract|
|Processing of personal information
– inviting existing and potential supporters and donors to events or updates on our activities
|Fundraising & Events||Legitimate interest|
|Processing personal information
– relating to registering and administering library membership and resources
|Library & Archive Services||Contract|
|Processing personal information
– to deliver e-communications, publications as requested
|Marketing & Communications||Consent|
|To promote related new initiatives, news and events to members and customers already engaged with the RAD||Marketing & Communications||Legitimate interest|
– processing your membership subscription, (including membership benefits)
|Sharing your personal information with the public or third parties to fulfil a benefit||Membership Services||Consent|
|Processing your personal information
– creating the UK Pianist Database, which is shared publicly upon request
|Processing personal information to enrol schools on to the programme||Step into Dance||Contract|
NB The collection and processing of personal information relating to health, disability, ethnic and sexual orientation, requires consent as the legal basis for processing.
How long is your information kept?
We review how long we keep personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations, for example, all financial records are held for 7 years. In other areas of the business we hold your personal information on our systems, only for only as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract or agreement you hold with us.
See the <Find out more> links above for retention information relating to specific areas of the business.
Who has access to your information?
We DO NOT sell or rent your information to other organisations.
We DO NOT buy or rent information from other organisations.
We may pass your information to third party service providers, agents, subcontractors or other associated organisations. This is only done when stated and for the purposes of completing tasks and providing goods and services to you on our behalf.
When we do this, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have an agreement in place that requires them to keep your information safe and secure and not to use it for any other purpose.
Please be reassured that we will not release your information to other organisations unless in exceptional cases when we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime. In all other instances, we would only share your information with another party, if you have given your explicit permission to do so.
Third Party Providers
We make certain personal information available to third parties who provide services to us. We do so on a ‘need to know basis’ and in accordance with applicable data privacy law.
For example, some personal information will be available to third party companies who provide us with:
- Services in relation to criminal record screening, e.g. Due Diligence Checking Ltd
- Auditors, advisors, legal representatives and similar agents in connection with the advisory services they provide to us for legitimate business purposes and under a contractual prohibition of using the personal information for any other purpose.
Recognition and Accreditation
The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales, and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). The RAD is also recognised to award qualifications on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), by SQA Accreditation, a part of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The RAD is validated by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) as an awarding organisation.
We may be required to submit data which includes personal information to one or more of the named organisations in order to comply with their conditions of recognition, maintain the RAD’s status as a recognised awarding body and for quality assurance purposes.
The RAD also offers GCSE, AS and A Level Dance. In order for students to be entered in for their examination, we are required to share their full name, date of birth, gender and UCI and ULN number with the exam board AQA. This personal is requested by the exam board and no further details are shared. For more information on how your information is used, please see their Privacy Notice.
In addition in order for students to be approved for access arrangements (special requirements in order to sit exam e.g. extra time), we are required to share their full name, date of birth, gender, UCI and ULN number and evidence of SEND requirements with JCQ. For more information on how your information is used, please see their Privacy Notice.
Other Third Party Providers
- Thomas Higgins Ltd. to support with debt collection. Should a customer incur outstanding fees, the RAD reserves the right to collect any outstanding money owed via Thomas Higgins Ltd. For more information on how your information is used please see their Privacy Statement.
We (RAD) DO NOT store your card details on our systems for use in future transactions.
Social Media Platforms
If you engage with the RAD on any of our social media channels you should know that we do not collect your personal information it remains within the platform that we are using and so you should familiarise yourself with their privacy notices and policies: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. The Royal Academy of Dance may use information you provide to share updates, news and events, in the form of customised online advertising. If you send us a direct message, your information still remains within the platform unless we ask you to provide us with your contact details to continue the conversation offline or privately, and you consent to do that.
Information is collected anonymously and website trends are reported without identifying individuals.
To provide you with more choice on how your data is collected, Google has developed a browser add-on which allows you to opt out of being tracked by their cookies.
When installed, information about your visit will no longer be sent to them.
More information is available at www.royalacademyofdance.org/cookies.
Your choices and individual privacy rights
You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you give permission to receive communications about the work of the RAD and our products, services and events, you can select your choices by ticking the relevant boxes on the form on which we collect your information.
We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post, email, or text message unless you have given your explicit permission. You can change your preferences, withdraw your consent, object or ask for processing to be restricted at any time by contacting us by email at email@example.com or tel +44 (0) 207 326 8070 or writing to Data Protection Officer, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA.
You have the right to ask for a copy of the personal information that the RAD holds about you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA. We will respond to you as soon as possible and usually within one calendar month.
You also have the right to have your information erased, to object and to restrict processing. If you wish to do this please contact email@example.com or write to Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA.
We are particularly concerned to protect the privacy of children. We are confident that our systems and processes are designed to be fair to children, to protect their rights and freedoms, and to be fully in line with their reasonable expectations and those of their parents. We take responsibility for identifying the risks and consequences of processing children’s data. Sometimes we may need to check your age, which might mean we need to contact your parent or guardian.
Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information
When you give us personal information, we take the necessary steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. The RAD’s website is built in HTTPS. The principal motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the website and protection of the privacy and integrity of the information exchanged while in transit. So you can be assured that any personal information that requires extra security (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected using industry standard security measures, including the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, via email for example and you do so at your own risk.
Once we receive your information, we make all reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems. We work with third-party developers and system hosts who meet international security standards including anonymisation scripts.
Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
For processing payments
Where you use your credit or debit card to purchase from us or to make a donation, we will ensure that this is carried out securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Find out more about PCI-DSS. We do not store your card details for use in future transactions.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy notice applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.
In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.
Transferring your information outside of Europe
As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to Royal Academy of Dance offices in countries outside the European Union (EU). These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Notice.
If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.
Questions and complaints
Any questions regarding this Privacy Notice and our privacy practices should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)207 326 8000.
If you have a complaint about our privacy practices and the way we have collected, used, retained or disposed of your information please contact email@example.com or telephone +44 (0) 207326 8000. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office to report a concern by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113 (in the UK). Alternatively, you can contact the equivalent national privacy authority in your country, if outside the UK.
Privacy Notice review
We review this notice annually or as and when changes in legislation or internal procedures require it. This notice is reviewed by the Information Management Committee, Executive Board and Board of Trustees.
Departmental Privacy Notices
For each area of the RAD’s business we have outlined specifically how we collect, use, store your information and how long we keep it.
- Benesh International
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Dance School Registrations
- Faculty of Education
- Financial Services
- Fundraising & Events
- GCSE & A Level
- Human Resources
- Library & Archive Services
- Marketing & Communications
- Membership Services
- Pianist Database
- Silver Swans Pre-verification
- Step into Dance Programme
- Student Activities