Information Services Division


SLMS Information Governance Framework


The SLMS Information Governance (IG) framework supports researchers in handling information, including sensitive personal data, legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. The framework defines roles and responsibilities and provides assurance that appropriate safeguards are in place. The IG Framework consists of policies, procedures and guidance materials. An SLMS management structure monitors compliance with and support for these activities.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)

Member of SLMS Senior Executive Group (SEG) with overall responsibility for ensuring that information risk does not impact the strategic academic goals of the SLMS. Further details on role of the SIRO can be found in the set of approved documents:
SLMS-IG02: SIRO Role Description - pdf

Information Governance Steering Group

Standing committee supporting and driving the broader IG agenda, ensuring effective management of information risk and providing the SEG with assurances that best practice mechanisms for IG are in place within the organisation. Further details on role of the Steering Group can be found in the set of approved documents:
SLMS-IG01: IG Steering Group Terms of Reference - pdf

Information Governance Lead

Coordinator of the IG work programme, accountable for ensuring effective management, accountability, compliance and assurance for all aspects of IG. Details of the role of the IG Lead is available in the set of approved documents:
SLMS-05: IG Lead Role - pdf

Information Asset Owners (IAOs)

This is typically the Principal Investigator and is the individual assigned ownership of a specific information asset, the IAO is responsible for ensuring that it is properly protected and that its value to the organisation is realised. Within the SLMS, IAOs will typically be research study PIs in receipt of data obtained either directly from the research subjects or from a partner organisation (i.e. the NHS).


The IG Framework is supported by a set of approved policies, procedures, templates and tools. Guidance on the use of these can be obtained from the IG Advisory Service. The full set of documents can be seen here.