Data Protection Unit

Welcome to the homepage of the DCU Data Protection Unit (DPU). 

As the University manages a great deal of personal data (primarily but not exclusively relating to staff and students) this section of the website is intended to assist staff, students, members of the public and any other interested parties in understanding the University's approach to ensuring compliance with data protection legislation.

The primary purpose of the legislation is to safeguard the privacy rights of individuals where organisations, such as a university, process personal data as part of their day-to-day operations. There is therefore an obligation on all organisations, including DCU and its wholly owned campus companies, to process personal data in a manner compliant with the legislation.

In order to carry out its statutory, academic and administrative functions the University collects and processes personal data relating to many categories of individuals and this includes the students and staff of the University. The University takes the confidentiality of all personal data seriously and consequently takes all reasonable steps to comply with data protection legislation. The University endeavours to collect personal data only in order to meet specific legitimate purposes and to retain that data only for so long as those purposes remain valid.

Ordinarily, the University will not pass personal data to any third party except where required by law, or under statutory obligations, or for other legitimate purposes as balanced against the rights and interests of the Data Subject. 

The University, as a Data Controller, is committed to ensuring that all staff, registered students, agents, contractors and its own data processors comply with data protection legislation regarding:

  • the processing and confidentiality of any personal data held by the University; &
  • the privacy rights of individuals under the legislation.

Personal data may be defined as data relating to a living individual who is, or can be identified from, either the data itself or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of a 'Data Controller'.

Dublin City University is a 'Data Controller' as defined under the legislation for personal data under its control.

For further information regarding other personal data topics please refer to the relevant link below:

1) Personal Data: DCU Guidance & Procedures

2) External Links: Useful links to external personal data websites

The DCU Data Protection Unit (DPU) is part of the Office of the Chief Operations Officer.

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

The University Data Protection Officer is Mr. Martin Ward (Deputy Chief Operations Officer). He may be contacted via email at the address below, or alternatively by phone at 01 700 7476.  


The Unit's email address is


The Data Protection Unit (DPU) may be contacted directly by telephone at (a) 01-700 6466 (b) 01-700 7476 or (c) 01-700 7628. 

Postal Address

The DPU's postal address is as follows:

Data Protection Unit
Office of the Chief Operation Officer
Albert College 
DCU Glasnevin Campus
Collins Avenue Extension
Dublin 9
D09 V209

Or alternatively click here to send an email to the Data Protection Unit.

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