GDPR: Higher Education

Data has become one of our most valuable resources and GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation – the new EU-wide legislation – take standards for data protection to new levels.

This GDPR: Higher Education course has been designed to support UK universities to comply with the new regulations that come into force on 25 May 2018 and replace the 1998 Data Protection Act.


  • Higher Education

Available as

  • Off the shelf
  • Fully Bespoke

Who is the course for?

This GDPR: Higher Education course has been developed to equip administrative staff, researchers and lecturers with a good working knowledge of General Data Protection Regulation to support compliance across the institution.

Course duration

This course should take about 40 minutes to complete. Conveniently, learners can bookmark their progress before exiting the course, then resume from that point.

Co-created by experts

Shakespeare_Martineau_LogoThis GDPR course was developed with input from lawyers Shakespeare Martineau, Bath Spa University and the University of Exeter.

Always up-to-date

We update all our e-learning courses annually so when you get this GDPR course you’ll always have the latest version.

Learning by design

This highly interactive course blends rich graphics and interactive content with a variety of question-types encouraging learners to take practical steps to comply with current data protection regulations. An optional end-of-course test assesses learners on the level of knowledge they’ve retained. Pass rates can be set as required.

Easy to implement & customise

This GDPR: Higher Education course comes with Marshall LMS (Learning Management System) which could support other e-learning across your organisation and track completed training.

Our in-house developers can quickly & effectively adapt this course to your sector and organisation, giving you the option to add your own graphics, photos & video, and amend content to include your policies, procedures and key areas.

Learning outcomes

Learners will get an in-depth understanding of how GDPR has been developed to protect data in the mass internet age. This course has 5 sections:

Data Security

This section covers:

  • How to secure personal data
  • and potential consequences of data breaches for UK universities

An Introduction to GDPR

  • The 2 main objectives of GDPR and how it will be integrated into UK law post-Brexit.
  • The 6 data protection principles
  • Key changes to GDPR compared to previous legislation


  • How to establish a working culture to ensure that university staff understand their duty of care for personal data.

Rights and Enforcement

  • In addition to creating a legal framework, the GDPR grants rights to individuals and the data that organisations hold about them.

Higher Education scenarios

  • This section provides practical examples to ensure that anyone working in administrative, research or teaching roles in a UK university will understand how to handle data.


  • The final section offers a summary of GDPR and offers access to the full GDPR text
  • There is also an assessment to reinforce the learner’s knowledge

Learn more

If you would like to get a free trial of this course or find out more about our training courses please call +44 (0)845 123 3909 or get in touch using our contact form.


At Marshall Elearning, we’re totally focused on creating content that’s exactly right for your learners. That’s why we’ve built our business around customising our existing courses to match the needs of specific organisations. And if something completely original’s required, we’ll make a bespoke course for you from scratch.

When we do this, our approach is guided by a few key principles.

Organisational Need
Why do you need to provide learning for your users – specifically? Is there a compliance need, a requirement to raise performance – or generate positive outcomes for external stakeholders? We prioritise making this clear as the first step in all of our projects.

Who are your learners? What are their preferred learning styles? What do they know already? How confident are they with using technology? We’ll put these questions to you, and base our approach around the picture we build up.

Learning Outcomes
We use these to decide what every screen in every course we make is intended to achieve. What is it – exactly – that learners need to explain, describe, distinguish or list? Defining these up-front keeps every project on course as we move from the initial proposal, through to storyboarding and then development.

Page-turning e-learning just doesn’t work. All of our courses are highly interactive, making extensive use of scenarios in particular. Rich media is used as appropriate, from audio-visual resources through to animations and bespoke graphics.

Respect for Learners
Treating learners as adults is vital to us. People don’t learn well if they feel they’re being patronised, and we aim to let users manage their own learning experience. We do this by writing our courses with an honest, direct tone, and giving learners choices in the form of additional learning resources and open navigational features.

‘What’s in it for me?’ is a question that all of our learners should be able to answer.

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