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UCL Consultants join forces with PA Consulting Group, UCL and FutureLearn to educate organisations about EU GDPR

12 April 2018

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London 12th April 2018: PA Consulting Group, a global consulting, technology and innovation company, and UCL Consultants, a subsidiary of University College London, join FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform, in announcing a new collaboration today.

PA Consulting Group and UCL Consultants with academic expertise from UCL (an existing partner of FutureLearn), will be delivering a course on the GDPR. The course will teach anyone who deals with customer data, whether in person, over the phone, via digital methods or through good old fashioned paper, how to handle this data safely, securely and respectfully in the digital economy.

With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May this year, bringing fines of up to €20 million or 4% of a company's global annual turnover, handling customer data correctly should be everyone’s priority.

Introduction to GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation’ is a three week course, taught by Dr Nathan Lea, software systems engineer and information governance expert from UCL, and Ross Bogert, data protection, information security and risk management expert from PA Consulting Group.

The course is a thorough introduction to the principles of the regulation and the legal requirements associated with it, and covers the rights of the individual, the implications for employees, and how to make sure your organisation is compliant in order to mitigate the risks associated with the handling and processing of data.

The course is open to organisations and individuals. Organisations benefit from a single solution across all its employees, management reporting and metrics, lower per learner costs and an option to customise the material to their needs. For more information for a package for your organisation please contact us enquiries@uclconsultants.com

Dr Nathan Lea, Lead educator from UCL commented, “GDPR offers an unprecedented opportunity for organisations to understand the importance of transparency and accountability in getting data protection and security right. It is a chance to help sustain a trusting relationship with the people about whom they are processing data whilst ensuring that they and their staff are best placed to show excellence in handling data safely and respectfully, and thriving in the digital economy. We have developed this course to emphasise these areas and raise awareness about the importance of GDPR and the opportunities it presents.”

Roger de Montfort, Managing Director at UCL Consultants, commented, “Data is the lifeblood of most organisations now. This programme is aimed at helping organisations ensure there is a high level of awareness of the new regulations and will help to mitigate the risks of what could otherwise be a very costly breach. Being online, it provides the ease of access and flexibility required to reach all employees and minimises the time and cost impact from being out of the office.”

Elliot Rose, digital trust and cyber security expert, PA Consulting Group, commented, “Given the complexity of GDPR which is principles-led, we are seeing a large demand from organisations for practical advice and accredited training that’s available online and easily accessible to everyone in an organisation. The combination of FutureLearn with its leading training platform, UCL who bring academic rigour, and PA Consulting Group with our extensive practical expertise of GDPR implementation, is unique in the delivery of GDPR training.”

Duncan Dunlop, Business Development at FutureLearn, commented, “Preparing for the GDPR is a huge challenge for any business or organisation no matter what their size, or where they are based - if they handle the data of an EU resident, then the regulation applies to them. The course is work-placed focused, practical and builds on our social learning methodology. This is particularly important as it allows people to learn alongside others, share best practice and help them validate their understanding. It goes beyond simple "tick the box" courses and we believe it matches what the national regulators are looking for in terms of training.”

Introduction to GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation’ is a three week course starting on 16th of April and costs £199 to enrol on.

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Comms@futurelearn.com

Laura.Hamblin@paconsulting.com | Tel. +44(0)20 7333 6191

Annabel.Banks@paconsulting.com | Tel. +44(0)20 7881 3684

About FutureLearn

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. With over 7 million people from over 200 countries across the globe – a community that is continuously growing – it offers free and paid for online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, as well as organisations such as the European Space Agency, the British Council and Cancer Research UK. FutureLearn’s course portfolio covers a wealth of areas to promote lifelong learning for a range of applications including general interest, an introduction to university studies, continuing professional development and fully online postgraduate degrees.

www.futurelearn.com

About PA Consulting Group

An independent firm of over 2,600 people, we operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.

We are experts in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, and transport, travel and logistics.

Our deep industry knowledge together with skills in management consulting, technology and innovation allows us to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, governments and communities worldwide. www.paconsulting.com

Our clients choose us because we don’t just believe in making a difference. We believe in making the difference.

About UCL Consultants

UCLC is one of the UK’s leading providers of academic consultancy services, established in 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary by UCL. We make it easy for external clients to access and engage UCL’s world-class academic expertise, drawing on over 6,500 academic and research staff covering a broad range of research areas, reflecting UCL's status as one of the world's leading multi-disciplinary universities.

Our service offerings cover consultancy, bespoke short courses, testing and analysis and expert witness services. We work with public and private sector clients, both national and international.  No matter the project, we provide the commercial, contractual and project management specialisms to successfully integrate UCL's academic expertise and resources to meet our clients’ needs.

www.uclconsultants.com

About UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. We were the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world's top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 39,000 students from 150 countries and over 12,500 staff. Our annual income is more than £1 billion.

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