SafePod: Securely access research Data Centre datasets on campus
05 Apr 2022
In collaboration with the ESRC SafePod Network, the University has now launched a SafePod on campus in the Main Library
The SafePod Network (SPN) is a major research innovation to provide and manage a network of standardised safe settings (SafePods) across the UK for data that requires secure access for research.
A SafePod is a small standardised safe setting that provides the physical security and controls for a researcher to access sensitive datasets. This includes a door control access system, CCTV, a researcher area for the analysis of datasets and a separate secure storage area for IT equipment. A SafePod is also wheelchair accessible and includes a height adjustable desk.
The University of Manchester is one of 25 SafePod locations across the UK and it will allow researchers to access secure datasets from participating data centres. Currently the SafePod has partnered with the following Data Centres:
- Office for National Statistics Secure Research Service
- UK Data Service
- SAIL Databank and
- Linked datasets created by Administrative Data Research UK
Hear more about the SafePod from Professor Colette Fagan, Vice President for Research, and Professor Mark Elliot, Professor of Data Science:
Dependent on demand, the Research Lifecycle Programme team can investigate the possibility of adding more data centres and develop this service. Research colleagues are encouraged to engage with current RLP workshops to have their say on future investments to support research activities at the University.
Find out more about the SafePod at UOM and how to book it for your research: