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

University of Birmingham

Code of Practice for Research

(see Research Data section)

October 2009

University of Edinburgh

Research Data Management Policy 16 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')

1 Sept 2011
University of Warwick Research Data Management Policy 7 Nov 2011
Glyndwr University Policy on the Management of and Access to Research Data 20 December 2011
University of Southampton Research Data Management Policy February 2012
University of East London Research Data Management Policy for UEL 15 March 2012
Brunel University Research Data Management  Vision 20 March 2012
University of Essex Research Data Management Policy April 2012
Queen Mary, University of London Research Data Management Policy 7 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 9 July 2012
University of the Arts London Research Data Management policy October 2012
Goldsmiths University Research Data Management policy January 2013
University of Lancaster Research Data Management policy February 2013
University for the Creative Arts Research Governance February 2013
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
University of Exeter Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students June 2013
King's College London Policy on Research Data Management

June 2013

University of Lincoln Research Data Management policy June 2013
University of Manchester Research Data Management Policy December 2013
University of Nottingham Research Data Management Policy 2013
University of Liverpool Research Data Management Policy January 2014
University of Bath Research Data Management Policy April 2014
University College London Research Data Policy August 2014
Sheffield Hallam University Research Data Management Policy October 2014
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Research Data Management Policy 2014
University of Dundee Policy to govern the management of electronic research data May 2012
University of Reading Research Data Management Policy 2 March 2015
University of Salford Research Data Management Policy 6 January 2016
University of Strathclyde

Research Data Policy & Research Data Deposit Policy

November 2013 / November 2014

Draft policies

University of Bristol - Research Data Mangament principles for consultation

University of Glasgow - draft Research Data policy - please follow link for 'Draft-RDM-policy'

University of Newcastle - Research Data Management Policy Principles & Code of Good Practice

Keele University - Draft Research Data Management Policy - see the dropdown marked 'Data Management & Sharing Policy'

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

Table 2 Overview and analysis table courtesy of Laurence Horton. Downloaded 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', Digital Curation Centre. Available at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/institutional-data-policies

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