Privacy Statement for NCL Spark Platform

Terms and conditions

NCL Spark is provided free of charge to alumni and students. All users will be verified during registration before being granted full access to the site. Newcastle University reserves the right to refuse access to anyone who misuses the site in any way and to delete inappropriate updates to individual profiles. NCL Spark includes searchable directories. Apart from your name, year of graduation and department or current course you will be able to choose how much information is made public to other users on the 'Update your profile' page.

Service Provider

This service is operated under contract by Aluminati Network Group Ltd. (Aluminati) acting under instruction as our Data Processor under the Data Protection Act 1998. Aluminati will process personal data strictly for the purposes of operating this service.

Aluminati is registered with the Information Commissioner under membership number Z8393842

Data protection statement

All personal information is held securely by the University and will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal data provided by you may be used for a range of alumni activities including direct marketing, sending publications, offering benefits and services, organising reunions, fundraising and other legitimate purposes. By providing your data you consent to the University using your data for these purposes. If however you do not want your information to be used for one or any of these purposes, please write to the Alumni Relations Team or email Personal data will not be disclosed to external organisations other than as outlined in our Data Protection Statement for Student registration e.g. to HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency), or to recognised alumni clubs or agents of the University.

NCL Spark

Where other alumni have chosen to make their contact details available please treat this information with respect and do not disclose it to a third party. Anyone found to be contacting alumni for purposes other than friendship and/or networking within the alumni community, for example spam, junk mail, or soliciting employment or business, will be removed from the site and their access terminated. Information you have chosen to give about salary and income will be used only for generic statistical and ranking purposes and is important in helping raise the profile of your degree. Please be assured that your name will not be divulged or published in conjunction with this data.

NCL Spark, our e-networking service for alumni and students is hosted by an external provider of online services. If you sign up for NCL Spark we will need to share your personal data with the external service provider as strictly necessary for the operation of the system, (they have undertaken to comply with all necessary data protection legislation and measures).

Use of text and images

If you would like to publish information that you find on our website, please send your request to