Research Data and Confidentiality Training

All UCL researchers with access to study data are required to undertake annual training in Information Governance. For UCL staff this can be arranged here.

Non-UCL staff who require access to specialist datasets will be required to undertake the following MRC e-Learning course provided at this link, or an equivalent. The MRC course contains on-line questions that assess your understanding of the material and will provide you with a certificate upon attainment of a sufficient score.

If you are not a UCL researcher, then it is strongly advised that you undertake the MRC e-Learning course (available at the MRC link above) in order to receive NSHD data. When you complete the MRC course on Research Data and Confidentiality please email a scan of your certificate to the LHA.

In addition you must be aware of and agree to the following restrictions that apply to NSHD data:

  1. You must only store NSHD data inside secure University/Organisation networks (with protected LANs, firewalls, file system ACLs etc).
  2. Specifically you must not:
    1. Take NSHD data home (or off to conferences etc.) on laptops or other portable devices
    2. Store on publicly accessible computers or file systems
    3. Store under other peoples' computer accounts
  3. NSHD data must not be communicated to or from the LHA using any unencrypted media
    1. Media includes laptops, portable hard drives, USB memory sticks, DVDs, mobile phones, etc. etc.
  4. Only tested encryption products may be used to transport NSHD data.
    1. We generally encode NSHD datasets using AES 256 bit encryption before we send it to you.
    2. If in any doubt contact the LHA 1)
  5. If any NSHD data is lost or is put in a situation where it may be disclosed to unauthorised people, you must immediately:
    1. Notify the LHA Director (Prof. Chaturvedi) and/or
    2. Notify the LHA Head of Data Services (Phil Curran)

Signing an NSHD Confidentiality Form indicates your acceptance of the above conditions. If you have any further questions, please contact us at LHA