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The School of Philosophy, Cambridge

The School of Philosophy, Cambridge was started in The 1990s to provide a convenient way for people in and around Cambridge to study Practical Philosophy. It was formed as a branch of the School of Economic Science in London. It is based on the concept that everyone can be happy and since the ideas held by individuals are of profound importance to their happiness and shape their lives; understanding the true principles which underlie them is of benefit for everyone.

The method of enquiry used is based on a well-known principle that real understanding arises only through practical experience. Each student is therefore encouraged neither to accept nor reject the philosophical principles of the East and West that are set before them, but to put them into practice and evaluate their worth on the basis of what they find.

Students in the school meet each week in discussion groups with a tutor, who is also a student of the school. None of the tutors receive any payment for teaching; their time is given freely.

Click here to visit the website for the School of Economic Science.

This School is also affiliated with the East Anglian School of Philosophy, which has branches all over East Anglia. Click here to visit their website.

The philosophical traditions from which this practical approach to philosophy is drawn are far reaching; from Plato, Socrates and the Stoics to Zen and Confucius and the Advaita philosophy of India as well as more contemporary philosophic thinking. The common factor is that the ideas are practical, have been tried and work to increase the awesomeness of our everyday life experience.


Data Protection and Electronic Marketing Privacy Policy (January 2019)


This policy covers data protection, electronic marketing, and the retention of

information within the administration of The School of Philosophy Cambridge (“the

Branch”), a branch of the School of Economic Science (“the School”).

The Branch’s policy is to adhere to the Data Protection Act 2018 (incorporating the

requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)), the Privacy and

Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and such other

legislation as may be applicable.

The School also aspires to follow best practice in so far as it relates to its activities.

Data Protection

The Branch needs to hold information about:

1 enrolled students; and

2 members of the public who (1) attend events undertaken or arranged by the

Branch; or (2) express an interest in their activities; or (3) visit the Branch’s

website; or (4) otherwise wish to receive materials published or distributed by

the Branch.

Hereinafter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

 “we” and “us” shall mean the Branch;

 “you” and “your” shall mean or apply to all those persons listed above;

This policy sets out the way we collect and process your personal data and we have

created this privacy policy to make sure you are aware of how we use your data.

How we collect your information

We may collect your personal data in a few limited ways, namely:

1.   Directly from you, when you enrol on a course or an event or otherwise

participate in the same, when you make enquiries on our website, when you

interact with us during your time as a student or recipient of communication in

various other ways (for example, where you alert us to a change in your contact


2. From someone else who has enrolled you on a course or signed you up to an

event on your behalf or (for example a family member, or a fellow student who

has provided us with your contact details for that purpose).



3 From a third party organisation in specific circumstances such as Paypal if you

enrol online or others when they are assisting with or organizing an event or

activity in conjunction with us.

We will not store or capture personal data through our website(s) without your prior

knowledge and consent. Where personal information is so captured it will be used for

the purposes set out in this policy.

When collecting data generally we will endeavour, whether by reference to this policy

or otherwise, to ensure that you:

1. understand why the information is needed, what it will be used for and what the

consequences are in the event you decide not to give consent to processing;

2. so far as reasonably practicable, grant specific consent, either written or verbal

for data to be processed; and

3. have received sufficient information on why your data is needed and how it will

be used.


The types of information we collect

We may collect the following types of personal data about you:

1. Contact and communications information, including your contact details

(including name, address, email address, phone numbers) and records of

communications and interactions we have had with you);

2. Demographic information, such as postcode, preferences and interests;

3. Website usage data;

4. Other information relevant to course enquiries;

5. Certain other information, which you volunteer when participating as a student

in our activities (for example, when attending courses, or events or in

volunteering to assist in the operations of the School).

We may also collect data about your health or medical conditions, where you have

volunteered this, for example so that we can cater for you when you attend a course or

event or act as a volunteer for and on our behalf.

This is held electronically by the Branch’s administrator familiar with the rights and

obligations surrounding your data.

Mailing groups are used for communications with students, and subscribers for events,

activities, notifications and publications.


Emergency Contact data is held by the Lead Tutor or administrator of a residential

course for the duration of the course and may be used for emergency contact



How we use personal data

Unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that

reason is compatible with the original purpose, personal data provided to us will be

used for the purposes set out at the time of collection (which may consist of those

purposes set out in this policy) and, where relevant, in accordance with any

preferences you express.


If you require any information as to how processing for the new purpose is compatible

with the original purpose, please contact the BRANCH LEADER, Mr David Stovold, at

89 East Hill, Colchester, CO1 2QN, email: easop@hotmail.co.uk

We will only use your personal data where the law allows. In general terms, save as

set out elsewhere in this policy:

1. personal data we hold is used for the purposes of administering or improving

courses or events or other activities and publications; and

2. your details will not be passed to any other organisation for any purpose.

If we are so permitted, you may receive from us details of activities run by or in

conjunction with other organisations by post or email. You are free to opt out of

receiving such communications from us at any time.

Where we have your consent and / or (if within the law) where this is necessary for our

legitimate interests (or the legitimate interests of a third party), as applicable, we use

your personal data for the following purposes:

1. in the administration of courses, events, and activities including:

o general notifications to you about them; and

o receiving payment of course fees and other charges;

2. research and statistical analysis about the courses or events or activities we


3. communication about our activities or events and activities outside of the School

and its branches that we think may be of interest to you;

4. storing your details on the software platform we use for our database. Please

note that your own use of the software or system is subject to the Terms and

Conditions and Privacy Policy published on that site.


Please note that we may also use your data and share it with others where it is


1. for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject;

2. to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.

Personal data collected and processed by us may be shared, where necessary, with:

3. our volunteers, for the purposes of administering courses, events, publications

and activities organised by or in conjunction with us and giving you access to

the benefits to which you are entitled.

4. Our contractors, professional advisors, auditors or suppliers, including those

providing IT services or data management services.

Some of the events and courses we offer, such as residential courses, are organised

and / or administered by the School through its administrative office at Mandeville

Place, London. Data provided by you relevant to your attendance at such events and

courses may be forwarded to the School for the purposes of such events / courses and

will be held by the School subject its own School’s data protection and privacy policy

available at its website at www.schoolofeconomicscience.org.

Statistical information may be shared with the School for administrative purposes, but

this will not include personal information.

We do not sell your personal data to/with other organisations to use and, save as set

out above, do not otherwise share it with other organisations.


Cookies and how we use them

We do not use cookies on our website to collect data.


Your marketing preferences

We will always respect your wishes in respect of what type of communications you

want to receive from us and how you want to receive them. We wish to gain your prior

consent to mailings. However, there are some communications that we may need to

send you without your specific prior consent, for example, in order for us to fulfil our

contractual obligations to you. Examples of these essential service communications


1. Mailings directly concerning your participation on a course or at an event,

notices of formal meetings, and notification about similar or related courses or

events similar to one who are attending or have recently attended.

2. Records of transactions, such as payment receipts or Direct Debit

confirmations, booking confirmations (as applicable).

Controlling information about you

The Branch website (www.practicalphilosophyeastanglia.org) does not collect data

directly on the website but uses PayPal for enrolments.

When you fill in an enrolment form, you will see a tick box allowing you to Opt‐in to

receive marketing communications from us by email.

You are in control of how we communicate with you. If you have agreed that we can

use your information for marketing purposes, you can change your mind easily, via

one of these methods:

3. Send an email to Info@cbphilosophy.org

4. Write to us at East Anglian School of Philosophy, 89 East Hill Colchester, CO1


If you do opt out of marketing communications but are enrolled on one of our courses,

we will still contact you with relevant, non-marketing information pertaining to the

course or event for which you have enrolled.



We will always hold your information securely.

To prevent unauthorised disclosure or access to your information, we have

implemented strong physical and electronic security safeguards.

We also follow stringent procedures to ensure we work with all personal data in line

with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Links from our sites

Our websites may contain links to other websites.

Please note that we have no control of websites outside of the Branch website.

The School website, www.schooleconomicscience.org, and websites of other

branches, adhere to similar data protection and privacy policies as those detailed in

this policy. Links to their data protection and privacy policies are included on their


If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for its

protection and privacy.

Always be wary when submitting data to websites. Read the sites’ data protection and

privacy policies fully.


How long your information is kept

We keep your personal data only for as long as necessary for each purpose we use it.

You can voluntarily unsubscribe from mailing groups at any time.

Financial records must be retained for a period of six years after your last interaction

with us (for accounting, tax reporting and record-keeping purposes).


Your rights

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

1. Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject

access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we

hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

2. Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables

you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you


3. Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or

remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to

process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal

data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

4. Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate

interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular

situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also

have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct

marketing purposes.

5. Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to

ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you

want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.  You can also

withdraw your consent, where this is the basis for our processing your data

(without affecting the lawfulness of our previous processing based on consent).

6. Request the transfer of your personal data to another party.

Please note that the above rights are not absolute, and we may be entitled to refuse

requests where exceptions apply.


Contact and complaints

If you have any queries about this privacy policy or how we process your personal

data, or if you wish to exercise any of your legal rights, you may contact, in the first

instance, the Data Controller and Privacy Officer:

1. by email: Mr David Stovold, easop@hotmail.co.uk

2. or by post: Mr David Stovold, East Anglian School of Philosophy, 89 East Hill

Colchester, CO1 2QN

3.   If you are not satisfied with the response, please contact the School’s General


 by email: laura@fses.org;

 or by post: Laura Counsell, General Manager, School of Economic Science, 11

Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ

If you are not satisfied with how we are processing your personal data, you can make

a complaint to the Information Commissioner. You can find out more about your rights

under applicable data protection laws from the Information Commissioner’s Office

website: www.ico.org.uk.


 Last updated 5th March 2019