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Privacy & Legal

The MacRobert Trust exists in perpetuity and is a recognised Scottish charity, registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator under the Reference SC031346. The MacRobert Trust is also recognised as a charity for the purposes of the Taxes Acts under the Reference CR50453.

The MacRobert Trust was formed by Interlocutor of the Court of Session, Edinburgh dated 21st March 2001, and registered in the Books of Council and Session on 17th April 2001, having annexed to it a Scheme for the future administration of Trust assets and with an operative date of 6th April 2001.

The Trust Deed was amended by Resolution of The Trustees, with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, dated 12th March and registered in the Books of Council and Session on 24th March 2010, effective on 1st April 2010.

The MacRobert Trust Privacy Policy

Welcome to the MacRobert Trust Website www.themacroberttrust.org.uk

The MacRobert Trust understands that privacy is very important and we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We will process any personal data we may hold about you in full compliance with data protection laws applicable in the UK at all times.

We are a data controller for the purposes of data protection laws applicable in the UK. You have the right to withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information at any time, unless processing your personal information is required in order for us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, for example under a funding agreement.  If you wish to do so, please contact us directly by email – info@themacroberttrust.org.uk

Personal information means any information that we hold, or are likely to hold, relating to an identified individual. In practice, this means personal information we hold about users of our Website and applicants (including any representatives of applicants) for, and recipients (including any representatives of recipients) of, funding granted by the Trust.

  1. Information we may collect from you

From time to time, we may collect and process certain personal information about you. You may give us information about you by filling in forms on our Website or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you register to use our Website, apply to us to receive the Funding and when you report a problem with our Website. The information you give us may include your name, address, e-mail address and phone number, financial information and bank details, details of your educational history, personal description and photograph. We may also collect details of your visit to our Website, including, for example, the length of time you spend browsing certain pages of our Website.

  1. How we use your personal information

In order to process and use your personal information, the legal bases we rely upon are:

(a) your consent; or

(b) the necessity for us to do so in contemplation and fulfilment of any grant applications or other contracts between you and us; or

(c) our legitimate interests, where these interests will have a minimal impact on your privacy and your interests do not override our legitimate interests.


We collect and process your personal information in order to:

  • carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the Funding (if applicable) and with information regarding our services that you request from us;
  • share research and other information relevant to your work and interests in order to inform the development of policy and practice;
  • notify you about changes to our service; and
  • help us better understand the needs and interests of the visitors to our Website and to improve our Website’s functionality.

Where a contract for Funding is contemplated between you and us, we may require you to provide us with certain information about you.  If you do not do so, this may mean we are unable to enter into a contract for Funding with you.

  • We may disclose your personal information to selected third parties, including:
  • Suppliers who assist us by hosting and managing data uploaded to our Website;
  • Analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our Website.

We may also disclose your personal information to third parties if required or permitted by law.

We will hold your personal information only for as long as is necessary to carry out the data processing purposes stated above in section 2, following which we will securely destroy your personal information. Your personal information will be kept securely to prevent unauthorised access by other people. You must inform us of any changes to your personal information so that we can keep it up to date.

  1. Where we store your personal information

Data that we collect about you will be held by us, and also by third party suppliers of software and/or cloud solution providers to us (and sub-contractors to those third parties).  However, we are the data controller of that data and all questions about what data is held, and how it is processed, should be addressed to us. Your personal information will only be stored within the European Economic Area.

We do our best to protect your personal information, but unfortunately the transmission of information over the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee secure transmission of your information to our Website and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we are in receipt of your personal information we use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

  1. Links to other websites

From time to time, our Website may contain links to websites operated by third parties. Please note that if you follow one of these links you will leave our Website and this Privacy Policy will no longer apply. We are not responsible for the protection of any information which you may disclose whilst visiting such third party websites.

  1. Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we make any changes to our Privacy Policy we will:

  • post notice of such changes on this Website
  • where appropriate, notify you by email of such changes.

We recommend that you regularly check the Website for updates or changes made to this Privacy Policy.

  1. Your rights

You have the right to access the information we hold about you.

You have the right to withdraw your consent to the practices described in this policy at any time by contacting us, unless processing your personal information is required in order for us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, for example under a funding agreement.

You have the right to ask us (and third parties to whom we transfer your personal data) to rectify your personal information if it becomes inaccurate.

You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information if:

  • you withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal data; or
  • your personal data have been processed unlawfully by us; or
  • your personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected by us.

We do not have to comply with a request to erase your personal data if we need to use that personal data for statistical purposes or as may otherwise be permitted by law.

You have the right to restrict our processing of your personal data if:

  • you contest the accuracy of the personal data held by us (for a period enabling us to verify the accuracy of the data);
  • our processing activities are unlawful; or
  • we no longer need your personal data but you would like us to retain it to ensure its continued availability to you in connection with any legal claims.

In each case listed above, we will only process your personal data with your consent or as otherwise permitted by law.

If you believe our processing of your personal information does not comply with data protection law, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) using the following details:

Information Commissioner’s Office

45 Melville Street



Tel: 0303 123 1113

Email: scotland@ico.org.uk

  1. Governing law

This Privacy Policy and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed and construed in accordance with Scots Law.

The courts of Scotland will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, our Website.

  1. Contact

If you have any questions, would like to talk to someone about this Privacy Policy, access your personal information or make a complaint about how we’ve handled your information, please contact info@themacroberttrust.org.uk
Thank you for visiting our Website.

The MacRobert Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity by the office of the Scottish Charity Regulator under the registration SC031346.


Terms and Conditions


The contents of this website (including all text and artwork) are protected by copyright. You may view or download any part of parts of this website for private purposes but you are not permitted, without our permission, to:

  • Store this website, or any part of this website, for purposes other than those set out in this paragraph
  • Print, copy or transmit this website, or any part of this website, except for your own personal or private viewing purposes
  • Reproduce, copy, or transmit this website, or any part of this website, in any way, for any purpose or in any other medium



It is your responsibility to check all materials for possible viruses before downloading from this website for any purpose.


This website may contain links to other websites operated and controlled by parties other than The MacRobert Trust. Such links are provided for your convenience and their inclusion does not imply any endorsement of material on such websites or any association with their operators. You use such links at your own risk and The MacRobert Trust accepts no responsibility for any linked sites.


We exclude, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, and save in respect of death or personal injury arising from our negligence, all liability of any claims, losses, demands or damages arising directly or indirectly out of, or in any way connected with, your use of, or inability to access, The MacRobert Trust website and its associated services.

Whilst we endeavour to ensure that The MacRobert Trust website is fully operational and error-free, we cannot guarantee this and therefore accept no responsibility for any defects and/or interruptions of The MacRobert Trust website and shall be released from our obligations under these Terms and Conditions in the event of any cause beyond our reasonable control which renders the provision of The MacRobert Trust website and associated services impossible or impractical.

The MacRobert Trust and the hosts of this website accept no responsibility for, and exclude all liability in connection with, browsing this website, downloading any material from it and all the matters listed above. The MacRobert Trust make no (and expressly disclaim all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this website, including, but not limited to, any liability for errors, inaccuracies, omissions and warranties or merchantability.