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Guidance and Participant Information Templates

All Researchers (including students undertaking research projects), should familiarise themselves with the following guidance:

Keeping your information secure

BU has guidance and infograpics on keeping you and BU safe and other  useful guidance and policies on  protection against unauthorised recording, access, use, disclosure, modification, loss or destruction of information.  If you intend to use mobile devices – please refer to the Mobile Device Security Guide (staff version) or Mobile Device Security Guide (student version).

The Data Protection Legislation comprises the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.   It sets out the circumstances in which, or purposes for which, personal data can be processed and the safeguards which must be applied to such processing.  To keep up to date on latest developments, BU have provided a number of online training resources.

If you’re collecting data outside of the UK, you need to be aware of restrictions regarding the transfer of data to and from the UK.  To help navigate this complicated area of law, there is a useful website https://www.dlapiperdataprotection.com (made available from DLA Piper) which compares data protection laws from around the world; for the transfer of data please click on the tab ‘Transfer’.

If you’re working and travelling aboard to carry out research, please refer to the latest Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice as part of the risk assessment process.

Participant Information Templates

Research activities such as data collection should not commence before the online ethics checklist (including participant information/agreement forms if relevant) has been approved.

If seeking informed consent from participants, we recommend that you use (where appropriate) the approved versions of the PI Sheet and PAF (above) for receiving informed consent.  See relevant ‘review process‘ (staff, postgraduate researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate taught students)’ for procedure if modifications to your research protocol (including participant documents) are required.


Useful links on the anonymisation of data and the use of anonymised data:

Research Data Management (RDM)

BU aims to make our research data as openly accessible as possible.  Data will be registered and discoverable via BORDaR, BU’s research data repository.  To find our more, please visit our website or if you have any queries, please contact the RDM team by email to bordar@bournemouth.ac.uk.