Bedford College – Outsourced Data Protection Officer


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High risk processing, sensitive data, children's data, data sharing

Overview of Organisation

The Bedford College Group is a further education institution based in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the largest educational institutions in the region and has a long history of providing high-quality education and training. The Bedford College Group operates across multiple campuses in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. The Bedford College Group offers a wide range of educational programs, including further education courses, apprenticeships, higher education courses, and professional qualifications. It caters to both school leavers and adult learners, providing opportunities for individuals at various stages of their education and career paths.


Why do schools struggle to remain compliant with data protection legislation? Data protection regulations, such as the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), can be complex and challenging to interpret and implement. Schools often handle a large amount of personal data, including student information (children’s data), staff records, and special category data. 

Understanding and applying the legal requirements and ensuring compliance across various data processing activities can be overwhelming. This typically comes down to a lack of awareness and training, which can lead to inadvertent violations or non-compliance.


To address these challenges, we have supported Bedford College with their data protection compliance by providing training to staff, acting as an additional resource, updating appropriate policies procedures, and supporting the drafting of legal documentation. We are also able to support the college by providing updates on any changes in data protection regulations and actively engage with ongoing risk assessments and compliance audits.


Saeed Keynejad – The Bedford College Group

‘We instructed DPAS to provide us with an interim DPO service, while we look to recruit for a full-time position, in readiness for the next academic year. Charlotte has kindly stepped on board, offering her subject matter expertise in data protection law. She has assisted us in drafting legal documents, DPIAs, policies, and the writing of committee papers, as well as providing end-to-end support with the subject access request process. As a part of our work with Charlotte, she has engaged with staff members, offering support and providing the skills transfer needed to ensure our staff are adequately trained.’


For further details about our DPO outsourced services, take a look here or give us a call on 0203 3013384.

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