The British Council is the Controller of the information that you provide for your job application for the Chevening Reading Committee 2023-2024. This means that the British Council is responsible for determining how your information is collected and used.

The British Council is going to start administering Chevening Programme on behalf of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) from 1 September 2023, and until 31 August 2023 this will be done by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please note that successful applicants will sign the contract for this job with the British Council in September 2023. 

The legal basis for processing your personal information for these purposes is:

  • in the recruitment stage and for keeping records of the process: British Council’s legitimate interest;
  • the performance of a contract for successful applicants;
  • your consent for special categories of personal data, such as information about health, medical conditions or ethnicity, processed for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring. The provision of this information is not obligatory.

For these purposes, British Council will share your personal information with the following organisations, acting as Processors:

In order to achieve the necessary purposes outlined above, your personal information will be securely transferred and/or stored in the following locations: UK, EU (Microsoft Data Centers), USA (SurveyMonkey Apply Data Center).

We will keep successful applicants’ personal information for 7 years after the end of the contract and for unsuccessful applicants for 6 months after the end of the activity.

The British Council complies with data protection laws in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information. If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you also have the right to complain to a privacy regulator.

For further detailed information about your rights, how to raise complaints and how we process personal information, please refer to the Privacy section of our website: or contact

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