Results rights for students

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STUDENTS are being reminded about their data rights after receiving their exam results.

Under the Data Protection Act students can see information held about them, such as a marks breakdown, by making a subject access request to the examination body.

David Smith, deputy commissioner and director of Data Protection, said: “Results day can be an exciting time for many students. However, it can also be a time of great stress for those who don’t get the marks they require.

“That is why we are reminding students that they have a right under the Data Protection Act to see information held about how their marks were arrived at, before deciding whether to re-sit an exam or pursue a particular subject at college or university.”

Under the Act, individuals have the right to request the information that an organisation holds about them – known as a subject access request.

Once a request is received, an organisation has 40 days to respond.

For more information on how to make a request or for precise details about UK college and university policies and procedures, visit www.ico.gov.uk.