Privacy Policy

About us

This website was launched by a consortium of partners brought together by global innovation catalyst Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub and led by UCL Engineering.

We are committed to providing transparency about any information or data we collect about you as set out below. 

For the purposes of data protection, UCL is the controller. 

Name and contact details of our organisation

Faculty of Engineering Office, Engineering Front Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Email us

You can call us on +44 (0)20 3108 4088

The information we collect from you

If you register with we will use the following information that you provide us with when you register:

We also use cookies on this website. In this section you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit the our website and how to manage and disable them.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of text that a website transfers to your computer’s hard disk in order to remember who you are. Cookies interact with your computer and our website faster and easier by remembering the registration details and preferences from previous visits. Typically, a cookie will contain the name of the website from which the cookie has come, the lifetime of the cookie and a value. The use of cookies does not give us access to the rest of your computer and only the site that created the cookie can read it.

Automatically collected access information

Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using; and the date and time of access.

Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our web site, and the “cookie information” described below.

By continuing to use this site you consent to the relevant cookies being set on your device.

We use the following types of cookies

1. Session cookies – these are temporary cookies that remain in the internet browser’s folder of your computer until you close the browser. Our website uses a session cookie which is stored in your browser until you close it to ensure connections to our servers are distributed evenly to provide optimal performance.

2. Persistent/Permanent cookies – these remain in the internet browser’s folder of your computer for longer than the time you are visiting this website. We need to use a cookie to make sure people don’t ‘like’ content more than once. This cookie does not store any other information and is not used for any other purposes. 

3. Analytical cookies – Our website uses Google Analytics cookies (third party cookie) for the following purposes:

4. Third party cookies – We sometimes allow partners or service providers to use cookies on our websites. These cookies are used to help us understand how a specific promotion or campaign is performing. The information obtained from these cookies is only used by GDI Hub. 

We only share the information obtained through the use of Google Analytics with Google. For more information on Google’s use of your information, please visit the Google Privacy and Data Sharing pages.

The cookies we use for these purposes do not track your Internet usage after leaving our website and we do not store your personal information. They will also not be used in connection with any other information to identify you in any way.

To prevent Google Analytics cookies being set, you may wish to install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On

Can I opt out of cookies?

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. Yes you can restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, and you can do so by accessing your Internet browser settings. The ’Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

For general information about cookies and how to disable them, please visit All About Cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website. For information on how to manage cookies on a mobile phone, games console or internet-enabled television, you should refer to the operations manual specific to each device. To opt out of any third-parties using cookies where data about your interaction with our website is collected, please refer to their website for this information.

How we use the information about you

We will use the information we hold about you:

The lawful basis for how we use your data

The lawful basis for using your personal data is that it is in our legitimate interest to administer, promote and further, its work, and the work of its stakeholders and consortium partners, in line with our stated purpose to “source global solutions to global challenges”, initially by supporting the COVID-19 response by providing access to proven, viable designs for medical devices and personal, protective equipment (PPE) that will aid health and social care professionals and patients around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our purpose beyond the COVID-19 pandemic shall be to operate the website as an innovation exchange for Assistive Technology, led by the GDI Hub and using the principles of open-source innovation to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world who are living with disabilities.

Who we share your personal data with

Your personal data will be collected and processed primarily by UCL staff. 

Protecting your information

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to a destination external to our own secure network.

By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. The Internet is not generally a secure medium for communication and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of any information you send to us over the Internet. We use up-to-date industry procedures to protect your personal information. We also protect the security of your data using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology.

International transfers

We use MailChimp as our email automation platform. The personal data you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing, which may occur outside the UK, and outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in accordance with MailChimp’s Privacy Policy and Terms. Mailchimp are registered under the Privacy Shield which permits transfers to the US under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

How long we keep your data

We will hold any data you provide us with when you register for as long as you remain registered and until the website closes.  You can opt out or update your data at any time. 

How to de-register, unsubscribe from our email list or update your details

You can unsubscribe from registration and mailings any time using these links:

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy please email us.

Policy last update

This policy was last updated on 21/04/2020

Your rights and what to do if you want to complain

Under certain circumstances, you may have the following rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data:
• Right to request access to your personal data
• Right to request correction of your personal data
• Right to request erasure of your personal data
• Right to object to processing of your personal data
• Right to request restriction of the processing your personal data
• Right to request the transfer of your personal data
• Right to withdraw consent.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please email our data protection officer or write to: University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office about matters relating to data protection

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