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UCL Professional Services staff invited to take part in a study of security-related work practices

23 April 2020

Share your views on UCL security-related work practices and receive a £20 Amazon/Love2Shop voucher or an anonymous donation to a charity of the same amount


The UCL Information Security Research Group (IS-RG), is conducting a set of interviews to help UCL’s Information Security Group (ISG) identify potential improvements to current security policies and practices around the University. 

We invite UCL Professional Services staff (excluding ISD) who wish to be interviewed about their views and understanding of security within the university to express interest in the study by using the email address provided below. 

The interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. They will take about 45 to 60 minutes and will be completely confidential, unless evidence of criminal behaviour or a significant data breach is reported during the interview. All data collection and processing by the researchers is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and only anonymized transcripts, basic demographic data (age, gender, education level), and evidence of consent to participate will be held after the end of the project. Your information will be pseudonymised and the data will be used to identify themes in the interviews, so that we can better understand the security challenges you face in your role. It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you at work or in any other way.

Interviews will be followed by a short questionnaire asking some demographics questions. This should take no longer than three minutes to complete.

Those who contribute to the research and take part in the study will receive a £20 Amazon/Love2Shop voucher or an anonymous donation to a charity (from a list of charities) of the same amount upon completion of the interview. 

To volunteer, please send an e-mail to Albese Demjaha with the title ‘Security Study’. We will then send you the Information Sheet with further details of the study and suggest a day and time to conduct an interview. If, after reading the Information Sheet, you decide not to take part in an interview, this will not affect you in any way.

If you have any queries about the study, please contact Dr Simon Parkin.

Thanks for your help and support with this initiative.

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee.
(Project ID Number): 5336/014