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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 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 Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Wellcome Trust have funded the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out the independent evaluation of ASCENTS 121 Support for Science.

NatCen is the data controller and data processor for this project. In order for the use of personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation, as set out in Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For the purpose of this project, the relevant condition(s) that we are meeting is ‘legitimate interest’.

You can contact NatCen with any questions about the evaluation and the processing of data at ASCENTS@natcen.ac.uk.

More information about NatCen’s activities can be found on this webpage.

Who will have access to my personal data?

NatCen are carrying out this evaluation and will have access to:

  • mentor, school, pupil and teacher information;
  • interview and focus groups recordings, transcripts and notes;
  • observations notes;
  • survey responses;
  • pre- and post-intervention attainment data obtained from the NPD; and
  • data on compliance (attendance at the intervention).

The University of Lincoln and its partner universities (University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, UCL Institute of Education, and University of York) are delivering ASCENTS 121 Support for Science. They will have access to mentor, school, pupil and teacher information.

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

How will the data be used?

The data collected will only be used for research purposes. NatCen, University of Lincoln and collaborating universities will store and handle all data securely and confidentially in line with the GDPR. Reports and publications arising from this research will not identify any individual participant or school.

Within three months from report publication, NatCen will share the final anonymised quantitative data from the impact evaluation with the Fisher Family Trust (FFT) for this to be archived on behalf of EEF. This will include:

  • pre- and post-intervention attainment data obtained from the NPD; and
  • data on compliance (attendance at the intervention)

NatCen, University of Lincoln and collaborating universities will delete all personal information, and any other data held on the project, within six months from report publication in 2021. 

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact NatCen’s Data Protection Officer, Simon Holroyd, at dpo@natcen.ac.uk

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