Information Security

Protecting research data

We need to protect our research intellectual property, and need to open it out to all when we publish it.

The importance of protecting research data.

You need to protect research information and data in its early stages, but you also need to make data openly accessible to enable it to qualify for the REF (Research Excellence Framework).

How to protect

The importance of publishing (making open) your research

To be eligible for submission in the next REF, research outputs must be  deposited correctly within PURE within a specified (and short) time period.

This is typically within three months of "acceptance", subject to publisher restrictions and embargos.

More information about this is given in the link to "The next REF" below. From that link, click through to the "HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council, England) Circular letter 07/2014"

The next REF

The letter on that page is  equally relevant for the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Put it into PURE

Deposit information about your Research into the University Research Information system PURE, to make it open. 

Deposit your publication

Protection of research information, and the Law

The Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulations make clear the need to protect personally idenitifiable information. 

There are a number of tools available at the University for the handling of Research Data 

Research Data Service

The research data service also provides information on how to handle research data that includes sensitive data types (sexuality, health information etc.)

Sensitive data


Finally, if you need further help or information, the University's Records Management team provide a great deal of information on Data Protection, working closely with the University Data Protection Officer.

Records management homepage