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Privacy notice

In line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that you need to know about how the information we collect for this research will be looked after.

A privacy notice explains how data we collect will be used. In this privacy notice, we explain:

  • the legal basis for data processing,
  • who will have access to personal data,
  • how data will be used, stored and deleted, and
  • who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

Who’s who?

This research is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). It is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF). You can find out more about NatCen at and about YEF at

What is the legal basis for processing data?

NatCen is the data controller and processor. This means that we are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for managing the data. The legal basis is legitimate interest. This means that we believe there is a good reason for us to collect and manage this data, and that this data is needed to evaluate and learn about the LNK Educate intervention. Using this data won’t interfere with individuals’ interests, rights or freedoms.

Who will have access to personal data?

NatCen’s research team will have access to LNK Educate and schools’ staff names and their work contact details and pupils' names. NatCen will have audio recordings and transcripts of the research interviews and focus groups.

McGowan Transcriptions ( is the service we use to transcribe interview and focus group data. They will have access to recordings and transcriptions from interviews and focus groups, which are shared through a secure online transfer system. McGowan Transcriptions meet all of our information security policies.

How will the data be used, stored and deleted?

Data will only be used for research purposes. NatCen will store and manage all data securely and confidentially. Only the research team will have access to the data. The report will not identify any individuals taking part in the project. All personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted after project completion.

Will I have access to my data?

Yes. If you would like to access your data, please get in touch via the contact details provided below.

Can I change my mind?

If you take part in an interview, you can withdraw your contribution at any point after your interview until 15th July 2021.

Please note that once our findings have been shared outside of the research team, we would not be able to change the results by removing individual information. You can request that your personal data held by us be deleted or updated and we will let you know immediately if this is possible or not.

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

You have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website at

Any questions

NatCen’s team are happy to answer any questions you have about this research or how the data will be used. Email or call 0808 168 2792.