Your research data are valuable assets that you have probably invested considerable time, effort and money in creating. Protecting your data from loss is therefore an important aspect of data management during your project.

To protect your data you need to consider how they are stored, backed-up and secured whilst you are still working on them.

When considering your data storage strategy, you should consider the following:

  • Is the storage reliable or is there a risk that the data may be lost?
  • How much storage will I need and will this vary during the project?
  • Can I access my data storage from the different places that I work?
  • Are my data secure and how do I ensure that they can only be accessed by authorised people?


See Store files (intranet, log in to access) for information about storage space available to staff. For more in-depth support contact the Service Desk. The IT Security & Use Policy also has useful guidance.

More information

University Data Protection guidance

University guidance on Research ethics and for Research governance & ethics on the Virtual Research Environment (VRE) (log in to access)

Data protection and research data (Jisc)

UK Data Service guidance on data security

UK Data Service guide to data encryption