Processing Data for Research Purposes
Further guidance on the use on personal data in research is available in Section 6 of the Data Protection Code of Practice.
Respect for confidentiality is essential to maintain trust between the public and those engaged in research. All researchers intending to use personal data must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act, the University's Data Protection Code of Practice and any associated guidance. This guidance note offers a summary of the Data Protection issues researchers should take into account.
Download the Data Protection Act Summary Guidance for Researchers
This checklist should be used after you have consulted the University's Data Protection Code of Practice and any related Guidance. Section 5 of the Code of Practice applies to you if you are a research student and Section 6 applies to both staff and students engaged in research. You are advised to keep this form as a record of your compliance with the Act, with your project documentation.
Download the Researcher's Checklist for Compliance with the Data Protection Act
JISC Legal have published valuable guidance for researchers on Data Protection and Research Data: Questions and Answers
All students conducting research at Edinburgh Napier University which involves processing personal data must be given a copy of the University's data protection leaflet, and sign an oath of confidentiality in relation to personal data to which they will have access in the course of their studies. This form should be retained by the area in which the research is being conducted for the period end of studies with the University plus 6 years.
Download the Oath of Confidentiality Form for Research Students