As a University we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest* when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.
Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.
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*For research purposes, the lawful basis for processing personal data and special category data are:
UK GDPR – Article 6(1)(e) Processing is necessary for the performance of tasks in the public interest
UK GDPR – Article 9(2)(j) (as supplemented by Article 89(1) and section 19 of, and paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to, the Data Protection Act 2018) Processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, or scientific and historical research purposes