Here's a valuable lesson in secure shredding for the education sector

It's a legal requirement to ensure that confidential information about your pupils, students and premises is protected. If it’s not disposed of correctly, this information could be misused and result in a sizeable fine.

We work with schools, colleges and Universities across the UK to ensure that all shredding is safe, secure and compliant. You might be surprised to know exactly what should be shredded. 

It's not just educational data and pupil related data that should be shredded, HR, administration and executive data should also be shredded for optimum levels of data security.

Case Study: Secure confidential data shredding for Goldsmiths University

Cillian Maye from Restore Datashred explains how we helped Goldsmiths University improve their confidential data shredding and save money.

The problem

Back in December of 2014, as an approved supplier on the LUPC framework, our team at Restore Datashred were approached by Goldsmiths University to discuss their confidential waste disposal needs.

With our experience of the sector, we know the specific issues that education institutions face when it comes to disposing of confidential data safely and securely.
At the time, Goldsmiths worked with a couple of confidential waste disposal suppliers. They weren’t particularly happy with the service levels and were looking to save money by using one supplier for all services.

The solution

Working closely with Tim Paine, Facilities Manager at Goldsmiths University, we consolidated the services provided by the separate suppliers, offering weekly secure confidential data shredding across three locations.

As part of the LUPC framework, we can offer both on-site and off-site shredding. Goldsmiths chose the off-site option. We collect every week from two sites on their main campus, where they centralise all material to one secure location, and one at Deptford Town Hall.

To make the correct disposal of materials as easy as possible for both students and staff, our team at Restore Datashred provided the University with wheelie bins in differing sizes for various locations across the campus.

Material from across the University comes together for collection and secure disposal, including documents from the finance and HR departments as well as the various faculties. In addition to confidential data containing the private details of students and staff, paperback and hardback library books are also collected.

In light of the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that come into force on the 25th of May, 2018, the correct disposal of personal information is more important than ever. With our help, Goldsmiths University will comply with GDPR.

As well as improving the service levels that Goldsmiths University received in relation to waste disposal, they also saved money.

Tim Paine, Facilities Manager at Goldsmiths University

“Here at Goldsmiths we produce a significant amount of confidential waste and having a reliable and trustworthy supplier who can dispose of this in a responsible way is of course extremely important. We have worked with Restore Datashred for several years and they have always been both responsive and efficient.”

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