Commercialisation Privacy Notice

The University of Sheffield's Commercialisation Privacy Notice.


The University of Sheffield is a registered data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

The registered address is: 

Sheffield University
Western Bank
S10 2TN

The University of Sheffield’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at 

The University of Sheffield’s Commercialisation Team supports academics and research staff who are interested in exploring the commercial potential of their work. This is a business development activity that relies on effective communication between internal and external stakeholders. To facilitate this process, we may store the basic contact details of those stakeholders, which may include your name, job title, organisation, email address and telephone number.

The information that you provide will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your personal data will be collected and processed for the purpose of exploring the creation of University spinout companies and licences.

Your personal data may be processed and stored by the following third-party processors: Citrix Systems, Amazon Web Services.

The University will not disclose your personal data to any external third party, other than as set out above and/or where you have given us permission to do so, unless we are required to do so by law. 

We may share your personal data with other internal departments including relevant academic departments.

The personal data that you provide the University of Sheffield will be held in compliance with our Retention Schedule. 

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation, the University must establish a legal basis for processing your personal data and communicate this to you. The legal basis for processing your personal data for exploring the creation of University spinout companies and licences is that processing is being undertaken in accordance with UK GDPR Article 6(1)(f) – Legitimate interests.

Your right of access to your personal data

You have a right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like to request a copy of some or all of your personal data, please contact the University Secretary's Office. We want to make sure that your personal data is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information that you think is inaccurate. 

Your other rights as a data subject

The UK GDPR provides you, as a data subject, with a number of rights in relation to your personal data. You have the right to withdraw your consent where that is the legal basis of our processing; the right have inaccuracies in the personal data that we hold about you rectified; the right to erasure; the right to request that the processing of your personal data be restricted; the right to object to certain processing activities and to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office about the way we process your personal data. 

Who do I contact if I want to know more? 

For further information about your right to access information we hold about you, to make a complaint about the way in which we are handling your personal information, or to request to be removed from our systems, please contact the Data Protection Officer at 

If you are not satisfied with our response or wish to raise a complaint with our supervisory body, you may complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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