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Privacy notice

In line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that we need to let you, a research participant, know about how your information will be processed. In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted, and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.


What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is the data processor for this project. This means that we are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, the legal basis for processing data is “legitimate interest”.

You can contact NatCen with any questions about the research at


Who will have access to my personal data?

NatCen are carrying out this research and will have access to student, study supporter and tutor information, recordings of interviews, transcripts, charted data, student sign-up information (including contact details) and students’ exam results. All responses are anonymised before being analysed and archived.

McGowan Transcriptions is the transcription service we use to transcribe our interview data. They will have had access to recordings and transcriptions from all interviews. McGowan Transcriptions are on our approved supplier list and compliant with all of our information security policies.


How will my data be treated?

The results collected are used for research purposes only. Data gathered from interviews with students, study supporters and tutors will be used to inform the process study element of the project, while student data (taken from the National Student Database) will be used for the impact study element.

At the end of the research, all student data will be anonymised before being archived. All personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted once the project is complete in November 2019.


Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact the NatCen’s Data Protection Officer, Emmanuel Ogungbe, at

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please go to for more information.