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Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
For now so I am clear, you want to research but want to retain copyright?
Have you signed enrolment terms and conditions?
Does the university accept that you will retain copyright?
I havent checked this yet.
I have a vague idea that I might have to give the university the data
but I am not sure
Yes you need to check the terms, but usually you do
It would be highly unusual for you to retain copyright on the work
So you need to check, as it is likely that you assign copyright by studying there
As for your data, clearly if anything is disclosed about you regarding this, that would be a breach of the Data Protection Act
They have a duty to keep your details and work safe until it is to be published.
But a PhD is generally published
If they do breach the Data Protection Act then you can sue for loss and damage under the Act.
You can also complain to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.gov.uk) who could investigate and prosecute where necessary
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Are waiting for me to say something
I wondered if I could clarify anything for you?
If so what ?!
Sadly I can't read your mind, I am not that good!
Otherwise I would do the lottery
English is not my first language so kindly bear some moments of wonders with me
I will ask you now
what is the first step to start with to raise this matter..
To check your enrolment terms and conditions to see if you own copyright
I am still in the process of research and not done and this could be a weakness for me
Dont worry your situation is not unique
is there a 2nd step you recommend
Make sure they realise your work is sensitive and not to be disclosed.
This protects your rights under the Data ProtectioN Act
Is a regular email a good start
I noticed they are avoiding to hear about an incident I had during my fieldwork
how to approach this avoidance?
Well unless it was their fault what happened on the field - I can not see how they can be to blame
You can always write to the Principal if you are unhappy with the way you have been treated
No I am not blaming them ....
Ok - then I do not think they have a duty to address it
But as I said if there is an issue which is being ignored you can complain to the Principal
do you advise me to write the email through a legal expert, a layer or solicitor
No email is fine, you do not need a Solicitor or lawyer
Do you have any other point that I need to be aware of?
No I think that is it.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
where can I find this (enrolment terms and conditions)
You should have a copy or it will be on their terms and conditions
Thank you very much :)
Happy to help
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No I am fine, thank you again
I will do the rating in a while ... good night
Have a good weekend and Happy New Year
Thank you, ***** *****