Privacy Policy

Interface – The knowledge connection for business is committed to protecting the privacy of its clients and website visitors. Our relationship with you is valuable and we understand the importance you place on the privacy and security of information which personally identifies you.

This Privacy Policy tells you what to expect when Interface collects personal information online. Please read this Privacy Policy to understand how we use and protect the information that you provide to us.

By accessing this website you are consenting to the way information is collected and used, as described within this Privacy Policy. In return, Interface gives the commitment that we will use the personal data you provide only in ways that are compatible with the following Privacy Policy.


The Interface programme is delivered through a partnership of all 23 Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. Funding is provided from Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. Interface is hosted by Edinburgh Innovations Limited, a company incorporated in Scotland (number SC148048). Edinburgh Innovations Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the University of Edinburgh.

Information that we collect from you

Interface provides a variety of online offerings, including information about Interface services, business information and publicity. Interface collects personally identifiable information you may provide through the newsletter sign up form, enquiry form, Innovation Voucher applications, feedback form, registration for events and emails. We ask you for personal data only when it is needed to provide services you have enquired about or asked us to provide or to respond to your request for information.

We process personal information for certain legitimate business purposes, which include the following:

  • Where the process enables us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services/communications for the benefit of our clients.
  • To better understand how people interact with our website through the use of cookies
  • To provide communications which we think will be of interest to you. You have the right to unsubscribe from these communications at any time.
  • To determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns and advertising
  • Data will be kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed.

Sharing your personal data

To fulfil our statutory or legal obligations your data may be provided, without your explicit consent, to external agencies including, but not limited to:

  • Government funders where external funding is secured to meet the requirements of public funding
  • The Scottish Government, The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise
  • University, Research Institute or Further Education Colleges partners

Your information will be processed by Interface in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact us at:

Interface, 20 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL

Tel: 0845 013 0536


What are your rights?

If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you may request to see this information and even have it corrected or deleted. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact us at

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can refer to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


Our website keeps track of standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns to better understand your website experience and to help us to improve our services for users. This information is collected by what are called cookies. The cookies used do not identify individual users and we do not make any attempt to find out identities of those using our websites.

We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit for detailed guidance.


The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Further information regarding the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is available on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website.

Interface – the knowledge connection for business is hosted by Edinburgh Innovations Ltd (EI) a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the University of Edinburgh responsible for industrial engagement, management of technology transfer activities, consultancy services, company formation, incubation facilities and management of the University science park.

Interface’s process of handling Freedom of Information requests is in line with the Edinburgh Innovations Ltd guidelines. For more information, please visit

To make your Freedom of Information request, please contact us. To assist with processing your request as quickly as possible, please provide as much detail as you can about the information you are seeking.