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Information Governance

The Information Governance Unit

What We Do

  • Develop and maintain University information governance (records and information management, data protection, Freedom of Information and information security) policies, guidance, procedures, templates, training and awareness communications
  • Provide specialist IG professional advice to the Senior Information Risk Owner, Data Protection Officer and UEC
  • Advise on the application of IG legislation and University policies and procedures where there is high risk to University information
  • Perform the role of secretary to the University's Information Governance Oversight Group (IGOG)
  • Manage initial response to reported information security incidents and weaknesses, that affect University information (not IT/cyber security)
  • Support senior staff in following the Information Security Incidents and Weaknesses Management Procedure
  • Review data protection impact assessments
  • Maintain institutional privacy notices for key groups of data subjects
  • Manage the records management aspects of the University's off-campus records storage contract and associated user guidance
  • Coordinate institutional responses to Freedom of Information requests and GDPR individual rights requests, including subject access, and advise staff on the application of exemptions
  • Coordinate internal reviews, ICO reviews, Tribunal appeals and complaints under FOI and/or data protection legislation
  • Liaise with the Information Commissioner's Office

To report an information security incident or weakness, please refer here.

To submit a request under GDPR individual rights, such as subject access, or a Freedom of Information request, please email info.access@durham.ac.uk.

To submit an internal request for information governance advice, please email information.governance@durham.ac.uk.


The Information Governance Unit comprises the following staff:

Name Role
Sophie Philipson Information Governance Manager
David Cull Information Governance Officer
Donna Walker Information Governance Officer
Deborah Evans Governance Administrator