List of active policies

Name Type User consent
INASP Privacy Policy Site policy All users
Acceptable Use Policy Other policy All users


The privacy and security of your private personal data is important to us and we are committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected. Any data collected by us will only be processed in accordance with this privacy policy.

This privacy policy sets out how the International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (‘INASP’) processes personal data (that is, information by which an individual can be identified, or which can be related to an identifiable individual) collected by us in the course of our lawful activities, and explains our obligations and your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK General Data Protection Regulation and any related or subsequent UK legislation or regulations (‘Data Protection laws’). This policy has been put in place to protect your rights under the Data Protection laws, and it is important that you understand what we will do with your data and are happy with this.

We recommend that you review this privacy policy periodically, as INASP may update it from time to time. If you have any questions about how we use your personal information or comply with the Data Protection laws, please email our data privacy officer at

You are also referred to INASP’s Safeguarding and Digital Safeguarding Policy, Acceptable Use Policy, and, for those registering with AuthorAID, the AuthorAID Terms and Conditions with which you are deemed to agree when you use that service.

Full policy

Who is responsible for your data

INASP is responsible for the processing of your data when you engage with us directly or through our projects, programmes or other activities, including Moodle (learn@inasp) and AuthorAID and their associated websites and services. INASP will either process data as a data controller or as a data processor within the meaning of the Data Protection laws. INASP will be a data controller where you have submitted your data directly to us and we exercise control over how it is processed, for example when you register for our courses or activities. INASP will be a data processor when your data has been shared with us by another organisation acting as a data controller under an agreement by which we provide services to that organisation, and which specifies the particular purposes for which we may process your data. Where this is the case, we rely on the party sharing data with us to obtain and comply with all requisite permissions, consents or other legal bases for data sharing. In any event, your data will always be processed in accordance with this policy and the Data Protection laws.

Our registered office is The Old Music Hall, 106-108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE, UK. We are registered as a company in England and Wales under company number 04919576 and charity number 1106349. We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office with number Z5289330.

What information do we collect about you?

Information may be collected from you in a variety of ways, including when you contact us, subscribe to or register for a service, course or activity, apply to work with us or otherwise engage with us in any way where your personal data is shared with us by you directly or through another data controller. Further data may be collected during your participation in a course or activities or through your other engagement with us in any capacity. This personal information may include, but is not limited to that outlined below:

What data

When it is collected

Your name, email address, telephone number, address and gender.

When you contact us and register or subscribe for an account, course or activity or if this is done on your behalf, including our Moodle and AuthorAID platforms.

Further background information, for example, your academic background, professional background, country, institution.

When you fill in forms/surveys within a course or learning space you are enrolled in.

Communication we have with you.

(emails, forum posts, direct messages, messages in chat rooms, forms/surveys).

When you get in touch with us.

When you respond to our requests for information or feedback.

When you contact other website users on the online forums, through direct messaging, or in chat rooms.

Actions you have performed on a website along with the timestamp and your IP address, together with other information about your participation in a course or activity.

When you view resources, participate in activities, create / update any content, fill in forms/surveys.

When you update your profile or account information.

When you enrol in a course or leave a course.

Grades you have obtained.

When you complete graded activities in a course.

Further information about you including cookies, your location and how you use our webpages, mobile application, information about your interests and preferences.

When you use our digital systems and services.

When you accept our cookies placed on your device.

When you update your account information.

When you fill in forms on our website.

When you respond to our requests for feedback.

When you opt in to receiving messages from us.

Such additional information as may be relevant and necessary for our engagement with you in whatever capacity, such as payment details, personnel records and references.

When you apply to work with us or are employed or engaged by INASP as an employee or in the capacity of a contractor or freelancer or as a volunteer.

Sharing content and use of networks

When you post content (or send messages) on any of our platforms, any personal data that is included in that content may be viewed by other users and so you should always be careful about the information you choose to disclose. We reserve the right to view private messages sent using our platforms in order to protect the safety and welfare of users from abuse and to investigate reported incidents of abuse, bullying or other inappropriate or prohibited behaviour.

The AuthorAID website enables direct sharing of information displayed with your AuthorAID ID and photo, if you uploaded one, with other users and visitors. The AuthorAID website keeps track of content that you have disclosed but does not control that disclosure and is not liable in any way for anyone's use or misuse of the information in the disclosure, so caution and judgement should always be used.

Cookies and passive data collection

INASP automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookie information, and the pages you request.

INASP uses cookie, IP address, and URL information to improve the content of INASP websites and pages, the quality of INASP servers, and to provide enhanced features to users, where available. INASP uses cookies to save users' INASP IDs, session validators, and on users' browsers and hard drives, and may use them to provide tailored services to those users, as they become available.

IP addresses also help us to diagnose problems with our server, to administer the INASP website, and to otherwise provide our various services to users. IP addresses may be disclosed to a third party if we believe in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, or to protect the rights or property of INASP, its users or the general public.



Website and online sessions

These essential cookies maintain your login from page to page and provides continuity.

Content management system cookie

This cookie is essential to be able to use members areas in our websites. It is only set when you log into the members area and is deleted when you log out.

Google Analytics

This cookie provides anonymous statistical data to show usage trends. If you'd like to opt-out, please follow this link.

Users should be aware that other websites visited before or after visiting ours might place personally identifiable information within a User's URL during a visit to their website, and INASP has no control over such websites. Accordingly, some of this information may be logged by a subsequent website that collects URL information.

Why we collect your data and how we use it

Organisations are permitted to process personal data if they have a legal basis for doing so. We process data on the basis that either:

  • Express and informed consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed or, in the case of a child who is too young to provide such consent, by their parent/guardian; and/or
  • We have a legitimate interest in processing the data; and/or
  • It is necessary in relation to a contract, agreement or ongoing arrangement for the provision of services which someone has entered into with us or because someone has asked for something to be done so they can enter into a contract, agreement or arrangement with us; and/or
  • We have a legal obligation to process the data.
Your personal information will be used by INASP to maintain records of your engagement with us, to process your requests, provide or administer INASP services and to display content you have provided to use on our webpages (including submissions, comments or course or activity participation content). We may also use your data to inform you about INASP’s projects, programmes and activities and other matters that we think may be of interest to you, subject to obtaining the requisite permissions and your preferences. We may also process your data for internal statistical analysis, and to improve the delivery of our services to you.

Location and security of data

INASP websites are hosted on a secure server located in the UK. All data is stored on our database which is SSL encrypted. The server is protected by strong password controls and is monitored for unusual activity such as DDoS attacks and potential data breaches. Furthermore, regular software updates are applied to avoid software vulnerabilities, and daily backups are encrypted.

Please note that when using and interacting with networks, blogs and message boards, and personal data you disclose may be viewable by persons outside of the United Kingdom and the European Union and in jurisdictions that may not operate under the high standards of data protection applicable in the UK and EU.

How long we keep your data

Your data will be kept only for as long as the purpose for which it was collected subsists, including for a reasonable period after the end of your participation in an activity, after which time it will be automatically deleted unless there is another legal basis for retaining the data for longer. On INASP's Moodle site, logs about user activity are automatically deleted after 365 days.

At any point you can request a copy of your personal data and/or to delete all your personal data, subject to any overriding legal basis for us retaining it. Such requests must be in writing and we will comply with your request within 30 days, once we have verified your identity. We may also keep a minimal amount of data on a suppression list so we know to avoid contacting you after you have asked us not to. See the section 'Your Rights' below.

How we protect your data

We have put in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the data we process against unauthorised or unlawful processing and the accidental loss or destruction of or damage to data to ensure a level of security appropriate to:

  1. the harm that might result from such unauthorised or unlawful processing or accidental loss, destruction or damage; and
  2. the nature of the data to be protected;

and we take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with these measures.

We may communicate with you by email. Email is not a fully secure means of communication, and we cannot guarantee our emails are free from viruses and other harmful effects, although we do our best to make them as secure as possible. The transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet. You are responsible for keeping confidential any password you use to login to our website.

We keep these security measures under review and refer to industry security standards to keep up to date with current best practice.

Sharing your data

Except as stated in this policy, we will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or disclosure is required by law. In some instances, however, INASP may use trusted third parties to process your information in order to keep your data secure and to allow us to provide services to you such as; secure data storage and back-up, messaging platforms to inform you about activities and programmes for which you are registered or which we believe may be of interest to you or for administrative purposes such as the scheduling of events. These might include Google Groups, WhatsApp, Survey Monkey or similar services, and in all such cases such third parties are expected to comply with this policy and the Data Protection laws and are explicitly prohibited from using your data for any other purpose. You should be aware that such external service providers will operate under their own privacy policies to which you should refer to understand why and how your data is being processed and your rights. If you do not wish for your data to be used or shared in this way you can decline to use these services, but we may not be able to provide services to you to the full extent that would otherwise be the case.

Where we are acting in the capacity of a data processor (having received your data from another data controller in order for us to provide a service to it), we may share your data with that other data controller, such as information relating to your participation in a course or activity. 

Your rights

You are entitled to see copies of all personal data held by us and to amend, correct or delete such data. You can also limit, restrict or object to the processing of your data subject to any overriding legal requirement for its retention. On INASP’s Moodle site, you can export and/or delete your personal data by initiating a request from the 'Privacy and policies' section of your user profile. We may keep certain limited data on a ‘suppression list’ so we know, if requested, not to contact you or process your data in future until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, or to exercise any of your rights, you can send an email to our data privacy officer at or you can write to us at Data Protection, INASP, The Old Music Hall, 106-108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE, UK. Certain requests about your data must be submitted in writing and we reserve the right to verify your identity before disclosing information to you.

We will respond to Subject Access Requests within 30 days once we have verified your identity. There is no charge for most requests, but if your request is particularly onerous or repetitive, we may ask you to pay a reasonable administration fee.

You can obtain further information about Data Protection and privacy laws by visiting the Information Commissioner’s website at:


This policy sets out the Code of Conduct that you must abide by when you join AuthorAID, start a course on Moodle (learn@inasp), join a Google Group etc, or interact with other members in any other way.

By using our interactive services, you confirm that you accept the terms of this policy and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our interactive services. 

We recommend that you review this acceptable use policy periodically, as INASP may update it from time to time.

Full policy

Interactive services

INASP provides interactive services, including, but not limited to:

  • The AuthorAID website (  
  • Learn@INASP (, using the Moodle Learning Management System  
  • AuthorAID’s Google group and AuthorAID-related groups on instant messaging platforms (such as WhatsApp)
  • Social media platforms (such as Facebook and Twitter)

When interactive services are provided, we will ensure clear information is communicated to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated, and what form of moderation is used (whether it is human or technical). 

See AuthorAID's terms and conditions for the terms of service that cover your use of AuthorAID. 

Our values and guiding principles

In it together
  • We recognise that we are all on the same research journey; some of us are just further ahead.
  • We encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, aiming to make a positive impact on society.
Making change last
  • We aim for lasting change that starts and ends with the global community of researchers.
  • We empower the community to own their learning and pass on their knowledge.
Every voice counts
  • We embrace new ideas without prejudice.
  • We welcome all voices, no matter your gender, background, or where you are on your career path.
Doing things right
  • We respect each other and the work we all do.
  • We recognise the fast-paced change in the world and strive to contribute to and align with global best practice.

Code of Conduct

This applies to any and all material which you contribute to any of INASP’s interactive services, and your conduct, network and code on the platforms. 

INASP will determine, in its discretion, whether any material contributed breaches the content standards. 

You must:

  • Be accurate when stating facts
  • Comply with law applicable in England and Wales and in any country from which the content was posted

You must not:

  • Be obscene, unlawful, offensive, hateful, inflammatory, defamatory, abusive, harassing, libelous, invasive of another person’s privacy, or harm minors in any way
  • Promote sexually explicit material
  • Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, threaten, alarm or annoy any other person or group of individuals
  • Impersonate an AuthorAID employee or User, or falsely state or otherwise represent your affiliation with a person or entity
  • Include personal or identifiable information about another person without that person’s explicit consent
  • Collect personal data about any other users for commercial or unlawful purposes
  • Promote violence
  • Promote discrimination based on race, nationality, sex, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age
  • Infringe any copyright or other proprietary rights, patent, database right or trademark of any other party, or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships
  • Be likely to deceive, mislead, or bait and switch any person; this includes using misleading emails, IP addresses, forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of content transmitted through the interactive services
  • Create, send, or enable anything that constitutes or contains chain letters, pyramid scheme, or any advertisement that you are prohibited from sending
  • Advertise or solicit users about any other services, products or commercial interests
  • Promote any illegal services or the sale of any items of which is prohibited or restricted by applicable law
  • Post content which contains software viruses, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, or hardware, or telecommunications equipment
  • Advertise posting calls for journal papers or conferences, unless it is clearly related to any ongoing discussion
  • Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) or that otherwise negatively affects other users’ ability to use the interactive services
  • Use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from social networks and INASP’s interactive services – except for Internet Search Engines (e.g., Google) and non-commercial public archives (e.g., that comply with our robots.txt file, or well-behaved web services/RSS/Atom clients. We reserve the right to define what we mean by well-behaved.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorised access to any of the interactive services or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the interactive services
  • Develop, invoke, or utilise any code to disrupt, diminish the quality of, interfere with the performance of, or impair the functionality of the interactive services

If you are in doubt, revert to the contact details of the interactive service to connect with a member of the AuthorAID team (e.g., on Moodle, post a query on the technical support/technical queries forum in your course; for AuthorAID, contact

Sharing photos

During use of INASP’s interactive services, the opportunity to share photos from your work may arise (for example, the Capture Your Research Competition in AuthorAID MOOCs). 

You must ensure the following:

  • Any photo you upload must be in line with the guidelines for the activity.
  • We have a strict policy of NOT accepting any photos that include children. If you are participating in the Capture Your Research Competition in AuthorAID MOOCs, for example, and you upload an image that features a child, your photo will not be accepted into the competition, and your post will be removed.
  • It is your responsibility to follow best practices in your discipline or field of study. Take extra care when sharing pictures that may show vulnerable people - if you decide it appropriate for the context to submit a photo that includes a vulnerable person/s, you MUST include evidence of written consent submitted with your picture. Without this consent, your photo will not be accepted into the competition.
  • Check the activity guidelines to find out whether by sharing a photo you automatically allow INASP to post it on a public website (with, of course, an attribution to you).
  • Check that the people who appear in your photo are not averse to having this photo shared in the public domain.
  • If the photo has been taken by someone else (for example, a colleague capturing a moment from your research), that person should have given you permission to use the photo as you please. Alternatively, if you wish to share a photo that is copyrighted by someone else, this photo should be under a CC-BY license, and you should attribute the author or source. In general, copyright issues related to photos you share are entirely your responsibility.
  • If you receive any kind of ‘takedown request’ or any expression of concern from someone shown in a photo that you have shared with INASP and which INASP has already posted on a public website, you should forward this notice to INASP in a timely way. Please see the how to report section below for the relevant contact information.   

‘Netiquette’ for AuthorAID discussion forums

While most participants implicitly know how to interact on a discussion forum, there are occasions where we come across an inappropriate post. Please read through our Netiquette guidelines for what you should and should not do. 

Submitting original work

Should you be required to submit or share your own work on one of the interactive services as part of a learning or feedback activity, this work must be your own work, and an original piece. If you are submitting work that is part of a team endeavour, permission should be obtained from your team members to submit this work on INASP Moodle. 

Further guidelines on originality, such as avoiding plagiarism and citing previous works, may be provided along with specific assignments or activities.

Breach of this policy

When we consider that a breach of the acceptable use policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate. 

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of terms of use upon which you are permitted to use INASP’s interactive services, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Issue of a warning to you
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our interactive service(s)
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any material contributed by you to the interactive service(s)
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law

How to report

Should you have any concerns about content posted in any of the interactive services, or the conduct of other users, please contact Your concern will be dealt with by a member of the AuthorAID team. 

If the concern is a safeguarding matter, it will be reported to the Safeguarding lead, who will follow INASP’s Safeguarding and Digital Safeguarding procedures. See the policy here.

Relevant policies

Please see the INASP Privacy Policy, the INASP Safeguarding & Digital Safeguarding Policy, and AuthorAID’s Terms & Conditions.