Diversity monitoring and protecting your data

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (the ‘CDT’) is committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and we are keen to attract individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. We ask all applicants to provide us with demographic information for two main reasons.

Firstly, as we recognise the benefits of recruiting a diverse group of students to the CDT we strive to avoid any conscious or unconscious bias in our recruitment. The monitoring of applications by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) committee allows us to assess the effectiveness and fairness of all stages of our recruitment procedures. This means that we need to ask for a name in the online applicant demographic survey.

Secondly, our funding agency, EPSRC, requires us to report annually on the diversity of the group of people applying to the CDT. Many of the questions included in the online survey align with their data collection requirements.

All our questions contain an option not to provide a specific answer. We encourage you to use this option where you prefer not to respond instead of declining to complete the whole survey.

The information you provide through this survey will be kept independently of your expression of interest and will not be made available in full form to those involved in decisions about applications and only ever to the CDT Administrator and Chair of the ED&I committee. It will be stored in accord with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provisions on an encrypted device at the University of Bristol.  Any further use of the data will be strictly in anonymized form.


Under the GDPR, you have a general right of access to your data, a right to rectification, erasure, restriction, objection or portability. You also have a right to withdrawal. If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been handled, you have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. For information on reporting a concern to the Information Commissioner’s Office, see www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

If you have any questions about this questionnaire or how your data will be handled, please contact Kate Lucas, CDT Administrator via aerosol-science@bristol.ac.uk, or Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing, Chair of the ED&I committee of the CDT: a.orr-ewing@bristol.ac.uk