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Wed 9 Dec 2020
10:00 - 11:00

Venue: Online / Webinar

Provided by: Postdoc Academy


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Ethics of Research Involving Personal Data

Wed 9 Dec 2020


Using personal data in academic research creates a range of legal and ethical challenges for the researcher. This session will provide a short overview of the key things that researchers must do to ensure that their research remains ethical and legal. On this course, you will learn what constitutes personal data, the principles of processing personal data and re-using personal data and how to comply with the data protection legislation in research.

Using case studies and group discussion, this course will explore best practice for working with personal data and provide opportunities for you to share your experiences and learn from others. The session will also provide the opportunity for a Q&A on topics of interest to attendees.

You may also wish to attend the first course in this series, Ethics of Research Involving Human Participants, which will be held on 2nd December at 10am (register here:

The instructor is Dr Rhys Morgan, Research Governance and Integrity Officer, or Dr Sinead Healy, Research Governance Facilitator, of the Research Strategy Office (RSO).

Target audience

This course is developed for postdoctoral researchers. It is applicable to postdocs across all disciplines who intend to work with and personal data.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 9 Dec 2020   10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 Online / Webinar Dr Sinead Healy

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- Understand the legal and ethical obligations as regards to personal data; - Define personal data and explain where data protections do not apply in a research context; - Locate and refer to University guidance on academic research involving personal data; - Navigate the issues in using and re-using of personal data and sensitive personal data; - Identify which exemptions for academic research applies to your research project;

Online participative workshop with presentations, case studies and interactive discussions.


One-hour session

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