Ethical compliance

To ensure that no harm is done to humans, the project was subjected to the research ethics procedures set out by the Nelson Mandela University’s Research Ethics Committee for Humans prior to the study commencing (Ethics number: H20-BES-BMA-011). The use of the SES Assessment Tool has also been subjected to these procedures and approved for use at Nelson Mandela University (Ethics number: H22-BES-BMA-164). The ethical approval letters can be found here.

Should it be necessary, it is the responsibility of each public university in South Africa, wishing to make use of the SES Assessment Tool, to obtain ethics approval themself from their institution before administering the survey and using the data collected. The findings generated from this survey are not to be used for research purposes but are for the internal use of each university to inform their strategies for improving student entrepreneurship support.


Privacy and Website Policy

The following privacy policy has been created to inform all participants as to how their data is collected, used, shared and secured. The privacy policy presented below only applies to the SES Assessment Tool and Results and does not cover any external websites or documents referred to or linked to this website.

  1. Reason for the collection of the data

    The SES Assessment Tool is meant to be used by student entrepreneurship stakeholders from South African public universities. The assessment tool is designed to create awareness of, gain insights into and assess student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities. Upon completion of this survey, a report will be generated indicating an overall score and a score for each SES component. These scores will enable the university in question to compare its current performance to its prior performance and the average performance of other participating South African universities (national averages).

  2. Type of data collected

    Data will be collected from staff and students of the participating universities by using a survey developed on QuestionPro. The questions posed in this survey are based on the best practices identified during the project and are posed as closed-ended questions.

    Potentially identifiable information collected during the survey:

    1. Associated university
    2. Position (your role)

    Potentially identifiable information collected to view survey results (registration required):

    1. Associated university
    2. University email address
  3. Participation

    The responses provided will be treated with the strictest confidentiality, and participation is anonymous.
    Participation in this assessment tool is completely voluntary, and the participant is free to withdraw at any time. To withdraw after the survey responses have been submitted, the participant can contact the following email address,, to request the removal of their responses, which will then be destroyed.

  4. Data storage

    The data obtained through the online survey will be stored on a Nelson Mandela University server for a minimum of five years. The storing of the data is essential to allow universities to compare their current results to that of previous years.

  5. Access to data

    Based on the POPI act, no information will deliberately be shared or sold to any other parties in a manner not disclosed below. Only the research team will have access to the data of all the participating universities obtained through the survey, as they are the website administrators.

    The results from the survey will only be available to the staff and students from the corresponding university. This approach was chosen for confidentiality and anonymity purposes. To ensure that the individual attempting to view the results are from the university that they indicate, they need to sign up using their university email address, to which a confirmation email will be shared.

  6. Security

    We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Privacy policy statement Nelson Mandela University

The privacy policy statement of Nelson Mandela University is also applicable to this website and the data collected via the SES Assessment Tool. The Nelson Mandela University (hereafter referred to as “the University”) respects the privacy of all users who visit in our websites or communicate electronically with us. The Privacy Policy therefore provides an explanation on how the University gathers and disseminate information for all University websites:

  1. Information collected automatically by the university

    Generally, you can visit our websites without explicitly telling us who you are or revealing any personal identifiable information about yourself. We do, however, record your IP address, browser type, pages visited and other such information. Log files are used to analyse website usage and may be kept in an aggregated and anonymised form for historical records. The broad demographic information gathered about our visitors help us assess our target audience, and to determine which external sites are most effective in referring visitors to us. This helps us to align our content to the needs of our audiences. The University does not share the collected information with any other organisation for commercial purposes.

  2. Information collected manually by the university

    You may come across registration forms that require you to provide us with personal identifiable information (like your name, surname, email address, contact numbers, and postal or work address), and perhaps some additional information. The collected information may be shared within the University as a whole unless otherwise stipulated during the collection process. The collected information may be stored and processed outside your country (if outside South Africa) and by using the University’s websites, you consent to any such transfers being made outside your country.

  3. Use of information collected by the university

    The information provided by you is used to get in contact with you in response to a query from you, to improve the University websites or, in case of a conference or webinar, to register you as a participant. No personal information submitted by you will be shared or made public without your prior consent or unless required to do so by law.

  4. Cookies

    Some of our websites may use cookies to store any preferences you may have expressed. Cookies are like tokens for a specific web page that the web server stores on your computer. The next time you visit us, your computer will pass the cookie back to our server and thus keep track of your preferences. This will allow our websites to personalise your online experience. Your browser can be set to warn you whether a cookie should be accepted or declined. Alternatively, you may disable cookies altogether, in which case you may not be able to visit these specific pages. Further information about cookies may be found

  5. Security

    We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

  6. External links

    Some websites contain links to other sites. The Nelson Mandela University is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. One you leave our websites, we cannot guarantee the protection and privacy of your personal identifiable information collected by these sites. These links are provided just as a convenience and do not imply endorsement by the Nelson Mandela University.

  7. Data protection

    The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI Act) has been promulgated and implemented on 1 July 2020. All personal identifiable information provided by you shall be treated in accordance with this statute and only used for academic and academic administration purposes, as indicated in the University Privacy Policy. Should you have any query regarding Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 issues, please contact the University Legal Services.

    • Information Officer – VC: Prof Sibongile Muthwa; contact:

    • Deputy Information Officer - DVC: RII: Dr Thandi Mgwebi; contact

    • Deputy Information Officer – Registrar: Mr Edgar De Koker; contact

    • Deputy Information Officer – CIO: Dr Samuel Bosire; contact

  8. Consent

    By using the University websites, you give consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy Statement.

  9. Changes to the privacy policy statement

    The University reserves the right to amend the Privacy Policy Statement. Any changes made to the Privacy Policy Statement are posted on this page. The University encourages you to periodically review the Privacy Policy Statement to be informed of how the University manages the collected information.

  10. Disclaimer

    It is the policy of the Nelson Mandela University to abide by and follow any rule of common or statutory law. Page content posted by individuals, departments and student organisations to the Nelson Mandela University’s websites reflect their own opinions, interests, and activities; they do not implicitly or explicitly represent official policies or positions of the Nelson Mandela University. Individual content maintainers assume responsibility and liability for the content of their pages. The Nelson Mandela University does not aggressively review, censor or control the contents of these pages, nor does it assume responsibility for any links that you may follow from them. For further assistance, contact the