UK Institutional data policies

For many institutions, effective research data management requires formal policy for support and guidance. The examples from UK institutions below should be useful whether you are creating a new RDM policy or reviewing existing policy.  The first table shows a list of individual policies in order of  date released.  For a broader overview and comparison see table 2, which is downloadable (Excel spreadsheet). 

NB. Policies from non-UK institutions appear in the policy guidance page. Those from funders are listed and compared elsewhere in the policy section.

Table 1. UK Institutional RDM policies in date order

Institution Policy name Date released / revised

University of Birmingham

Code of Practice for Research

(see Research Data section)

October 2009

University of Edinburgh

Research Data Management Policy May 2011
University of Northampton Research Data Policy June 2011
University of Hertfordshire

Data Management Policy

(see s.7 on research data and the appendix  'Guide to RDM')

September 2011
University of Warwick Research Data Management Policy November 2011
Glyndwr University Policy on the Management of and Access to Research Data December 2011
University of Southampton Research Data Management Policy February 2012
University of East London Research Data Management Policy for UEL March 2012
Brunel University Research Data Management  Vision March 2012
University of Essex Research Data Management Policy April 2012
Queen Mary, University of London Research Data Management Policy June 2012
University of Sheffield Research Data Management Policy July 2012
University of Leeds Research Data Management Policy July 2012
University of Oxford Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records July 2012
University of the Arts London Research Data Management policy October 2012
University for the Creative Arts Researc Data Management Policy October 2012
Oxford Brooks University Research Data Management Policy February 2013
University of Durham Research Data Management Policy March 2013
Edge Hill University

Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research

(see section 14 on Research Data Management)

May 2013
University of Exeter Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy June 2013
King's College London Policy on Research Data Management

June 2013

University of Strathclyde

Research Data Policy (Research Data Deposit Policy)

November 2013 (November 2014)
University of Manchester Research Data Management Policy December 2013
University of Liverpool Research Data Management Policy January 2014
University of Bath Research Data Management Policy April 2014
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Research Data Management Policy June 2014
Royal Holloway, University of London Research Data Management Policy June 2014
University College London (UCL) Research Data Policy August 2014
Sheffield Hallam University Research Data Management Policy October 2014
University of Lancaster Research Data Management policy February 2015
University of Reading Research Data Management Policy March 2015
University of Glasgow Good Management of Research Data Policy July 2015
University of Bristol Research Data Management and Open Data Policy October 2015
University of Dundee Policy to Govern the Management of Research Data December 2015
University of Salford Research Data Management Policy January 2016
University of Lincoln Research Data Management Policy May 2016
Keele University Data Management & Sharing Policy Not dated
Goldsmiths University Research policy Not dated
University of Nottingham Research Data Management Policy Not dated
University of Newcastle Research Data Management Policy & Code of Good Practice Not dated

In draft:

Glasgow School of Art - Draft Research Data Management Policy (PDF)

Table 2 Overview and analysis table courtesy of Laurence Horton. Download by clicking on the image below.

A table showing a comparison of content of policies on RDM at different universities

Please cite as Horton, L and DCC (2016) 'Overview of UK Institution RDM Policies', Version 6 August 2016, Digital Curation Centre. Available at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/institutional-data-policies

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