Information about you: how we use it and with whom we share it

The information you provide will be used by the University to invite to you take part in research programmes to study human behaviour. Data collected from your participation in any research study can be used in a variety of research projects, in an anonymised format. We may also contact you with information about studies at other research organisations, within the UK and provide you with updates about ongoing research at the University.

We are using information about you because conducting research to study human behaviour is part of the public task of the University and because these studies are in the public interest.

We will hold the personal data you provided us securely and invitations to take part in research studies will include a link to withdraw from the panel should you wish to do so. We will send you periodic reminders to keep your contact details up to date on our system and these will also offer you an option to withdraw from the panel.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Participant Research Coordinator, PPLS, University of Edinburgh, Room G7, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ. Telephone: 0131 651 1761. Email:

Data Controller and Contact Details

For data collected under this privacy notice, the University of Edinburgh (the “University”) is the Data Controller (as that term is defined in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office, Registration Number Z6426984.

The University's Data Protection Officer can be contacted at:

Governance and Strategic Planning
University of Edinburgh
Old College

Your Rights

You have the right to request access to, copies of and rectification or (in some cases) erasure of personal data held by the University and can request that we restrict processing or object to processing as well as (in some cases) the right to data portability (i.e. the right to ask us to put your data into a format that it can be transferred easily to a different organisation). If you wish to make use of one of these rights, please email your local contact.

If we have asked for your consent in order to process your personal data you can withdraw this consent in whole or part at any time. To withdraw consent, please email your local contact, who will explain the consequences of doing so in any particular case and initiate proceedings for withdrawing consent.


If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your personal data you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), but we ask that you raise the issue with our Data Protection Officer first.

For information about reporting a concern to the ICO see their website:

ICO guidance on reporting a data protection concern