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Government guidance on Trusted Research

13 Feb 2020

Information to help researchers protect their work

Government guidance on Trusted Research

The UK government has recently updated its guidance for ‘Trusted Research’ which aims to get the most out of international collaboration whilst protecting intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information.

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has produced its latest advice and guidelines in consultation with the sector and has published this in an accessible format online.

The information covers important subjects such as personal data, research data, export controls, intellectual property and cyber security. It is particularly relevant to researchers in STEM subjects, dual-use technologies, emerging technologies and commercially sensitive research areas but we would encourage all of our academic leaders to familiarise themselves with this information and to please share it with colleagues.

In addition to the ethical framework surrounding research, we are operating in an increasingly complex international and regulatory environment and as a university and individuals we need to make sure we are complying with the relevant Government legislation.

We know that this can frequently seem like an additional burden to our colleagues so we are working on our University’s response to this.

Over the coming months we will be taking forward a number of activities to strengthen, streamline and improve the accessibility of guidance materials and support arrangements in relation to international research activities. We will shortly make some more announcements about export controls and associated travel and visitor requirements.

The University is committed to providing an effective support environment for our international activities. We will do so in the context of the University’s global influence (one of the University’s new strategic themes) to increase activity in an international context and address global challenges.

While we cannot alter the fact that our vital international work is increasingly complex, we will do everything we can to make meeting these essential requirements as simple as possible.

David Barker

Director of Compliance & Risk

Andrew Walsh

Director of Research and Business Engagement

Further information