A note on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

New data protection legislation came into effect across the EU, including the UK on 25 May 2018; this means that we need to provide you with some further information relating to how your personal information will be used and managed within this research project. This is in addition to the details provided within the information sheet that has already been given to you.

The University of Sheffield will act as the Data Controller for this study. This means that the University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

In order to collect and use your personal information as part of this research project, we must have a basis in law to do so. The basis that we are using is that the research is ‘a task in the public interest’. Personal data (i.e. name and address) are collected for the purpose of contacting individuals to arrange for an interview to take place, and sharing findings with them, once the study is complete.

Data will be processed by staff employed by the University of Sheffield. Personal data provided by research participants, consented to the study, will be retained to enable the research team to share findings with participants at the end of the study. Personal data will be destroyed after this point. Any data shared during a research interview will be anonymised during the transcribing of the interview. Anonymised data will be stored for 10 years after the study is complete.

Further information, including details about how and why the University processes your personal information, how we keep your information secure, and your legal rights (including how to complain if you feel that your personal information has not been handled correctly), can be found in the University’s Privacy Notice https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/govern/data-protection/privacy/general.