Data Collection and Processing

Springboard+ is co-financed by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. The data provided by you as part of your application for entry into Springboard will be collected, processed and retained by the HEA in accordance with its obligations under the Common Provisions Regulation (EU) 1303/2013, the European Social Fund (EU) Regulation 1304/2014, and related delegated and implementing regulations (henceforth the “ESF Regulations”). The HEA and the Department of Education and Skills are Joint Data Controllers in respect of the data you provide, and will only process that data in accordance with the GDPR and their legal obligations under the ESF Regulations referred to above. Personal data collected as part of your application will be shared with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating, managing, verifying and auditing the implementation of Springboard+. Such data may also, from time to time, be shared with the Central Statistics Office (CSO), European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and/or their agents for audit and verification purposes. Data will only be retained by the Joint Data Controllers for the period required to fulfil their obligations under the ESF Regulations. Under the GDPR, data subjects have the right to request from the data controller access to their data, the right to request rectification or erasure of their data, the right to request that the processing of such data is restricted, and the right to data portability. Any such requests should be addressed to Stewart Roche, Data Protection Officer in the HEA at

Collection and processing of technical information

Technical details in connection with visits to this website may be logged on the server for accounting and auditing purposes (e.g. Computer IP number). will not disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only for statistical and other administrative purposes.

The technical details logged are confined to the following items:


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