Research IT

The University of Manchester joins the SafePod Network

A Safepod has now been installed in the University Library allowing researchers to meet security requirements whilst working with highly restricted data, confidential or personal information.

One of the objectives of the Research Lifecycle Programme’s (RLP) Highly Restricted Data project (‘Project S’) is to deliver services to enable researchers to run projects that handle highly restricted data, confidential or personal information.

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As part of this, a SafePod was recently installed in the Main Library. A SafePod is a secure physical room which meets the security requirements for working with data providers, such as the Office of National Statistics. This includes a door control access system, CCTV and a separate secure storage area for IT equipment. The SafePod is also wheelchair accessible and includes a height adjustable desk.

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The SafePod service, which will be launched in autumn 2021, will allow researchers to access secure datasets from participating data centres across the UK. Currently access has been agreed with the following data centres:

Additional data centres are expected to join when the service is up and running.

The implementation of the SafePod was made possible from a successful funding bid to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is part of the SafePod Network funded by ESRC, which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Further news on the launch of the SafePod will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact Mary McDerby, Research IT Consultant.