The Wellcome Trust regards the lawful and correct treatment of
personal information as very important and to this end is fully
committed to the principles of data protection, as set out in the
Data Protection Act.
information we collect about you
We process personal data in connection with our charitable
mission to foster and promote research with the aim of improving
human and animal health. We do this through a range of activities,
including grant funding, capacity building in history of medicine
and biomedical ethics, by measuring the societal and historical
impacts of biomedical research and by means of our public venue
facilities and the Wellcome Library.
use this information
Information that you supply in connection with the provision of
a service or a grant application and any funding arising from it
will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the principles
of the Data Protection Act. Details about how personal information
provided as part of a grant application and any subsequent award is
used, are given on the grant application forms.
You may be asked for personal information if you want to take
advantage of specific services we offer, such as when completing a
publication subscription form, Library joining or enquiry form,
arranging Library appointments or in connection with Wellcome
Collection activities. We will use the personal information you
provide to administer our relationship with you and
deliver the services you have told us you wish to take part in or
to send you information that you have requested and may offer you
the opportunity to receive additional information about our
activities or those of our partners and service providers. You may
opt out of this at any time by contacting us.
From time to time we conduct web surveys among current or
previous grantholders and others to evaluate the impact of our
policies, services and funding. We also conduct surveys on behalf
of, or in partnership with other organisations whose aims are
similar to our own.
The survey results will be used solely for evaluation purposes.
No information contained in the results will be attributed to the
person who submitted it without their explicit consent being
obtained in advance. The survey results may be anonymised and, for
information/research purposes, may also be made available to other
organisations, some of which are our funding partners. We will tell
you who these organisations are as part of the survey process.
All data collected by the Trust for the purpose of surveys will
be held and processed by the Trust in a secure environment. All
data will be anonymised and stored for a maximum of two years and
then destroyed, unless the data is required for career-tracking
purposes in which case it will not be anonymised and will be held
for a longer period of time.
we use 'cookies'?
When you log into this site your computer will automatically be
issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your
computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the
individual user, just the computer used. Cookies allow our server
to remember you are the same person as you move through a
information about visitors to our sites, such as the number of
visits to pages, the amount of time spent viewing a page, the path
taken by visitors to a particular page and other general
information. The Trust uses this information to improve our
You have the opportunity to set your computer to accept all
cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or choose not to
receive cookies at any time. The last of these options may prevent
you from accessing all functions of this site. Find out more about
do we protect personal information?
We use appropriate organisational and technical measures to
ensure that your data is secure and protected from loss, misuse and
unauthorised access or alteration. From time to time we introduce
changes or improvements to our systems. Any test data that may have
been used in this connection is managed in a secure and
we share your information with anyone else?
The Trust does not pass on your information to others unless we
have stated that we will do so as part of our terms and conditions.
Some of our publications are distributed by third parties but we
agree with those third parties that they will keep your information
secure and not use it for other purposes.
We may ask you for your agreement to send your contact details
to organisations that help us to provide certain services so that
they can tell you about their products and services. This will be
clearly explained at the point where we collect your information.
You will be given the opportunity to decline or to choose how you
You have the right to ask us at any time not to contact you, or
to change your preferred methods of contact for marketing
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold
about you (for which we may charge a small fee) and to have any
inaccuracies in your information corrected.
to tell us about changes
If you have any questions about data protection or require
further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to the Data Protection Compliance Officer, Wellcome Trust,
Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
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