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Human Resources


This page describes how the University of Cambridge uses the personal information of research staff and research students associated with it or its Colleges.  It supplements the general webpages about our uses of personal information (see, or as appropriate).

The University uses your personal information to monitor, evaluate and support your research activity. This includes information supplied by you and entered onto various University-wide databases, as well as information taken from public domain sources such as indices of academic publications, citations or research grants awarded. The purpose of this processing is as follows:

  • To assess research performance, including its quantity and impact.
  • To identify potential research collaborations and opportunities.
  • To assist you with commercialisation and/or consultancy opportunities arising from your research.
  • To create internal reports.
  • To support the University’s submissions to national research assessment exercises.

Where this information is held on databases (e.g. Symplectic Elements; see, you have the ability to manage your own profile and to control access levels in certain respects. Otherwise access (read and/or edit) is restricted to different types of staff who need to use the information in connection with their role.