Confidentiality and data protection
Research involving humans and Covid-19
26 August 2021
Researchers should consider using online or remote methods if possible. Any in-person face-to-face research or research involving travel must be permissible, safe, and ethical.
For more information on research involving humans, Covid-19, and the ethical review process, see the interim guidance for research involving humans.
If you research involves the NHS see the Guidance for research involving the NHS.
Researchers must check the University coronavirus information pages and travel and fieldwork guidance frequently and before commencing any activity to ensure they are complying with current requirements:
It is crucial that researchers respect the confidentiality of, and data provided by, their participants in an ethically and legally appropriate manner. This means thinking about how to safely and appropriately store and manage participants' data before any data is collected.
This page details the key information for researchers to consider in relation to participant data.
Other sources of information relating to collecting and managing research data include:
- The ethics guidance pages - these include information on specific research methods.
- The research data management pages - these cover relevant policies such as the University's research data management policy, and give guidance and contacts for planning and managing research data including how to create a data management plan.
No matter what type of data you collect, it is always important that your participant information sheet (PIS) (Word) and consent form (Word) provide clear and consistent information to participants about their data and offer them an appropriate right to withdraw data, and that this information is consistent with what is written in your ethical review application form (Word).
If personal data relating to research participants have been lost, stolen, or accidentally deleted, researchers must contact email@example.com immediately because the law requires that the University record such instances.