Privacy Policy 2021-02-09T15:15:43+00:00

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is for this website:

The Sciencewise programme website is run by The Involve Foundation (Involve) on behalf of UK Research & Innovation. Data collected for Sciencewise is also held by UKRI as the owner of the programme. This privacy policy sets out how we look after people’s personal information. It was last updated on 09th February 2020.

Who we are

Involve provides expert advice, assurance and support for the Sciencewise programme. This includes managing this website on behalf of the programme.

Sciencewise is a UKRI programme, with funding provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Involve is the UK’s leading public participation charity, on a mission to put people at the heart of decision making.  Our legal name is the Involve Foundation and we are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in the UK.

Our commitment to you

Involve is committed to looking after your personal data. We will:

  • Comply with our legal obligations on data protection,
  • Carefully look after any personal data that we hold or use, and
  • Be open and transparent about how we do this.

Types of data we collect on this site


Like most websites, this website uses cookies to collect information. Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smartphones or tables) as you browse this website. They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or devise accesses our website. Cookies are essential for the effective operation of our website and are used by services we make use of to provide a better experience to you when using our site.

The services that we use that place their own cookies on our site are provided by: The cookies that are in place from Google are used for the analytics data.

Google Analytics

Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website.

Although Google Analytics records data, such as geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information identifies you to us. We use Analytics IP address anonymization which means Google Analytics anonymizes the address as soon as technically feasible at the earliest possible stage of the collection network, as explained in more detail here.

GA makes use of cookies, details of which can be found on Google’s developer guides.

Disabling cookies on your internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within this website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. articles, images etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Contact form

As part of using the contact form, we collect your name, email address and your message to us. Your message is important to us and we will respond promptly.  We store your data in a restricted access online database (Google Sheets), which we also use to manage the contact details of people in our professional networks (see below for details about how this data is managed). We have entered into a contract with Google, based on the European Commission’s Standard Contract Clauses, which applies protections to personal data transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

Types of data we collect elsewhere

Like many organisations, we keep contact details of people in our professional networks, for example from organisations that we collaborate with, people we subcontract to, people we meet at conferences, people who attend events we have organised, etc. Our professional networks are very important to us, as they enable us to build alliances. We store this data in a restricted access online database (such as Google Sheets) that is certified to the EU-US Privacy Shield standard. We have a legitimate interest in holding this information, and that is the lawful basis we are using to process this data. You can ask us to delete any data we hold about you by emailing [email protected] and we will action this request within 10 days.  We also clean up our contacts database once a year by deleting out of date contact information or by updating records

If you need further information or if you have a complaint

You can ask us at any time to see what data of yours we hold, and you can also ask us to correct it or restrict what we do with it. These are legal rights that you have.

If you have any questions about how we look after people’s personal information, or if you have a complaint about how we are handling your data, please get in touch with us at [email protected] or call our office on 020 3745 4334. We will try our best to answer your questions or resolve your complaint.

To find further information on how UKRI uses personal data, and how you can exercise your rights as a data subject, please see the UK Research and Innovation Privacy Notice (

You also have a right to raise issues with the Information Commissioner’s Office, if you have a question or concern about how your personal information is being handled.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

This privacy policy may change from time to time in line with legislation or industry developments. We will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes.