Privacy and cookies

The Scottish Maritime Academy collects personal information from our students. We do this so we can provide education and learning, and comply with legal requirements.

We've always been careful with your information but it makes sense that you should have more control over it too.

Your rights

The new laws under the General Data Protection Regulation (which replace the Data Protection Act 1998) give you greater clarity on how your personal information is managed. You have legal rights about the way we manage and use your data, including the right to:

  • ask for a copy of it
  • make changes to your data if it's inaccurate
  • ask us to stop doing something with your data

Information we collect about you

We will collect different information about you depending upon the circumstances, for example whether you are applying for a course or are enrolling.Our privacy notices below will tell you more, but in each case we will only gather as the information that is needed for a specific purpose.

Privacy notices

We use privacy notices to provide you with more explanation on how we use your personal information in different circumstances.

As part of North East Scotland College, the Scottish Maritime Academy follows the NESCol commitments to privacy.We have recently updated our privacy notices and you can read or download a copy here:

Privacy Notice Student Applications

Privacy Notice Curriculum Students

Privacy Notice Marketing And Communications


If you have any questions about how we manage and use your data or would like to ask for a copy of the data we hold, our Data Protection Officer can help:

Jacqueline Gillanders, Data Protection Officer
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen AB25 1BN


Use of cookies

This website (the "Site") is provided by The Board of Management of North East Scotland College, a body corporate constituted by and acting under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 and having its administrative centre at Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN ("we" or "us").

A "cookie" is a small text file that attaches to the hard drive of your computer and remembers information about the configuration of your computer.

We use this information to track your movements through our site, to find out how it is being used and to assess its usefulness. Personal information about you is not collected during the tracking process.

You can disable the cookies that we attach if your browser supports this. For further information on how to do this, please refer to However, you should bear in mind that if you exercise this option, you may be unable to use some of our on-line services.

Some third party services on our website may also set cookies if you specifically allow this.

Cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our site, which is then used to help improve the site. The information collected includes the number of site visitors, where visitors come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a reporting tool for websites which allows us to view anonymous information about how our website is used, and how visitors get to our website. Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about our visitors. More technical information about Google Analytics cookie usage can be found at:

Google's privacy policy is available at:

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Use of third party websites

Because we want your experience of our Site to be as informative and useful as possible, we may provide links to websites operated by third parties ("Third Party Websites"). Please be aware that we do not control such Third Party Websites and that such Third Party Websites may send their own cookies to users, or otherwise collect data or solicit personal information. We assume no responsibility for the information gathering practices of Third Party Websites that you are able to access through our Site, and we encourage you to review each Third Party Website's privacy policy before disclosing any personally identifiable information.