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Accessibility & Privacy Notice


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Privacy notice – Robert Gordon University – Peer Support for Chronic Pain

How we use your information

Robert Gordon University (‘the University’) collects and processes your information further to you completing this survey.

The information you provide will be used to explore what you think about peer support for people with chronic pain. You will be asked what barriers and facilitators you think there might be to taking part in peer support. You will also be asked how you think a peer support intervention could be designed and organised. This will help the research team to design a peer support intervention to be tested in a future study. The anonymised results of this survey will appear in publications in academic journals and will be discussed at conferences.

We have designed the survey so that your responses will be anonymous. We do not seek to identify anyone with this survey. We will endeavour to ensure that when we analyse and publish data, we do not identify any individual.

We will retain the raw data from the survey responses for 10 years after the date of any publication, when it will be deleted. We will retain our anonymous analysis and reporting.

You are under no obligation to complete this survey or answer any individual question. However, please note that questions 1 and 2 are required. They relate to your consent to take part and ensuring that you fulfill the inclusion criteria for this research study.

Personal data

The personal data required for this survey is: your age, gender, education and profession. It is unlikely that any individual will be identified from this data. Should you provide personal data in response to any of our questions, please consider whether your words reveal circumstances which may identify you and whether you wish to include them. Any disclosure of personal data is at your own discretion.

Special categories of personal data

The University does not require any special categories of personal data in the completion of this survey.

Data controller

Should you provide personal data in response to this survey Robert Gordon University would be the data controller for this information. This data may be processed by the University’s nominated agents such as software or service providers. Data will be processed using the University’s business systems, including Microsoft 365.

The University uses an online survey run by JISC to collect this information. For information on how this service secures your data please see

Lawful processing

If you choose to provide personal data in response to our questions, the University asserts that it is lawful for it to process your personal data for the purposes detailed above as necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Your rights

The University respects your rights and preferences in relation to you. If you wish to update, access, erase, or limit the use of your information please let us know by emailing: If you wish to complain about the University’s use of your information please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer in the first instance by emailing You may also wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.