UL Student Life is the student representative body of UL. Its aim is to make life easier for student and enhance their university experience.

Privacy Policy

UL Student Life Privacy Notice


UL Student Life is committed to protecting your privacy and to be transparent about what information we hold. We understand our obligations to you to help you understand how and why we process your personal data.
This privacy notice sets out the basis by which we collect, use and disclose personal data, as well as your rights in respect of such personal data. 
We may update this privacy notice from time to time. The version available online will always be the most up to date current version and your notifications will be through the webpage. 

How We Collect Your Personal Data

You will have provided all of the information we hold, when you provide information to us through one of our web-site pages, or other online application forms in order to allow us to set up a Student Life account for you.

After initially agreeing to this privacy policy, when you visit our website, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, operating system, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse our website, we collect information about the individual web pages or content that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to our website, and information about how you interact with our website. 

  • “Cookies” are data files inserted on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. Our website requires cookies in order to be able to function and access is not possible without you enabling these cookies.
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on our website, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.

Type of Personal Data We Collect and Process

When setting up a Student Life account, we will collect and gather personal data which can include the following:

  • Identity data including Name, Home Country/Irish County, Date of Birth, Gender
  • Contact details including Telephone number(s), Address, E-mail Address
  • Education/Employment Details including ; Student/Staff Status, Student ID Number, Course/Department, Year of Study, Study Duration
  • Medical Data including confirmation of  GP’s Letter of referral presented

How We Use Your Personal Data

  1. To verify your identity to permit membership.
  2. To correct and update information at your request.
  3. To comply with a legal or regulatory obligation. 
  4. For dealing with issues of Health & Safety, processing possible insurance claims, and/or “In Case of Emergency Numbers” whilst engaged in the activities of Student Life. 
  5. Communicating with you via email, phone or post in relation to matters specific to Student Life or our associated Clubs & Societies from the Clubs & Societies Department You have the right to withdraw your consent to communications at any time by using the tools within the website or contacting us via email.
  6. If you choose to be nominated for election as a Class Representative or volunteer to participate in any of the Student Life programmes, we will share your data with the relevant stakeholders where necessary
  7. If, as a Class Representative or committee member, you are approved as a COVID-19 Officer your name will be displayed on the Club/Society public profile.
  8. Occasionally we conduct surveys on your particular experience within Student Life and associated Clubs and Societies  to help assist with the continuous improvement and development of the service. A professional third party is engaged however your data cannot be identified or utilised, and will only be used for purposes specific to Student Life, and our associated Clubs & Societies.
  9. Your personal data may be used to generate previous membership contact lists for special events such as  Student Reunions or other initiatives that may be of interest to you because of your membership of Clubs & Societies.
  10. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how you use our website.

Legal Basis for Processing Your Personal Data

The legal basis upon which we hold personal data is the following: 

  • Our legitimate interest and the interest of UL Student Life and associated organisations which operate under our umbrella: we require this information about our members in order to fulfill our function providing services to our members and the student body. 
  • Legal Obligation: We as UL Student Life and the individual Clubs and Societies have legal obligations, including for example, obligations to ensure the safety of our members and third parties pursuant to which it is necessary to hold the information retained.
  • Performance of Contract: We and the individual Clubs and Societies may enter contractual arrangements with members and third parties and information is required in order to complete the performance of such contractual obligation. 
  • Consent: Where none of the above bases apply, we will obtain and process personal data only with your consent, which you may withdraw at any time.

Existing Data Information

We will use our best endeavours to guarantee that all Personal Data that you have submitted to us is maintained and up to date. However, it is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to your Personal Data to ensure that it is up to date. 


If you are a member, we may also with your consent pass information to you directly to assist with the promotion and development of particular Clubs or Society, or to  provide details of offers, discounts. sponsorship from hotels, entertainment venues and travel providers. We will not share your personal data directly with these providers

Sharing Your Data With Others

We do not disclose to any third party personal data that we may collect or you provide to us with the exception of third parties expressly mentioned in this privacy policy. 

  1. Personal data, in particular contact details, are shared with other stakeholders in the University of Limerick in order to facilitate the planning and management of student and class representative elections, where there is a legitimate requirement to do so.
  2. We contract with other entities in particular the hosting provider, web developer and/or tech support to perform certain tasks on our behalf and who have a Data Sharing Agreement with Student Life.
  3. Professional advisors such as solicitors and insurers and other outside professional advisors (i.e. Health & Safety Consultants) relevant to the activity of Student Life only 
  4. We require that all third parties respect your personal data, and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. 
  5. Unless prevented by applicable law, we will notify you when it might be necessary to provide your personal data to third parties in ways other than explained above, and you may have the option to prevent such sharing at the time that we notify you. 
  6. There may be other reasons where it is not possible or appropriate to gain your consent such as disclosures to the Gardaí for prevention or detection of crime, or to meet statutory obligations. 

Data Retention

Members of Student Life will have all personal data anonymised after a period of 3 years from the nominal date when they leave the university, and then deleted fully after a period of 7 years from the date upon which they cease to be a member of the university.


You have the following rights; 

Right To Be Informed

This Privacy notice provides the information you are entitled to receive on how your data is collected, stored and processed. In a clear and accessible way.

Right of Access

Please contact us if you would like to request access to a copy of your data in electronic form There is no charge for us providing you with this data and it will usually be provided within one month of the request. However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse your request in these circumstances. We may need specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access. 

Right of Correction/Deletion

You may exercise your right to have your personal data erased in a number of circumstances e.g. if the data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was created or you withdraw consent. If you have provided consent for the processing of your data, you have the right (in certain circumstances) to withdraw that consent at any time which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing, before your consent was withdrawn. 


The security of your Personal Data is very important to us. 
We will ensure that we have in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of Personal Data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to Personal Data. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. 

Identity and Contact Details of Controller and Data Protection Officer

UL Student Life is the controller and processor of data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. 

If you have any concerns as to how your data is processed you can contact;

The Data Protection Officer
UL Student Life
University of Limerick

Any complaints with regard to this policy should be directed to:

Martin Ryan,
General Manager, 
UL Student Life
University of Limerick

You also have a right to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner:

21 Fitzwilliam Square South
Dublin 2
D02 RD28
+353 578 684 800
+353 761 104 800
Or to apply for review by the Court pursuant to the Data Protection Act, 2018.

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