Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy covers the information the Research Framework Network (RFN) collects about you when you use the Research Framework Network website.

We take your privacy seriously and treat all the information you give us with great care.

This privacy policy will explain how the Research Framework Network uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our website.

What is personal information

Personal Information is information relating to an identified or identifiable person. An identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.

Who is collecting the data?

The content of each of the Research Frameworks on the site is managed by its own management group (where no management group is currently in place Historic England will assume management).  The network is facilitated by Historic England, and the website is hosted by Landward Research.   

Historic England supports the overall development of and the management of the infrastructure. Historic England has administrative rights to the network including the registration process.  Administrative rights to each Research Framework lies with the individual management group (where they exist).

The site is hosted by Landward Research Ltd on WordPress and their Privacy Statement can be found here:

What data do we collect?

  • Personal identification information (Name, organisation/affiliation and email address)
  • Historic environment research interests

How do we collect your data?

You directly provide us with most of the data we collect. We collect data and process data when you:

  • Register online or at an attended event (eg conference) as a user
  • Voluntarily complete a customer survey or provide feedback on any of our online communication or via email
  • Use or view our website via your browser’s cookies.

We may also receive your data indirectly from the following sources:

  • through a feed from the OASIS system to the Research Framework.

How will we use your data?

We collect your data so that we can:

  • Process your registration.
  • Provide management with anonymous statistical information about website use
  • Deal with any issues of access or online behaviour
  • Provide you with service updates – for example system downtime, password resets etc.
  • with historic environment research, including conferences, workshops, research opportunities, publications, guidance, training and networking events that are organised by the individual Research Framework management teams and/or Historic England.

We will never sell your personal data and we will never share it with another organisation for marketing purposes.

How do we store your data?

Your data is stored on the servers which are managed by the hosting organisation. They have their own security processes. 

We will keep your personal registration for as long as the site is open, or for as long as you wish to remain a user of the site.

What are your data protection rights?

  • The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data.
  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that any information you believe is inaccurate is corrected. You also have the right to request that information you believe is incomplete is completed.
  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that your personal data is erased, under certain conditions.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted, under certain conditions.
  • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request the transfer of the data that we have collected about you to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at


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How do we use cookies?

We use cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:

  • Keeping you signed in
  • Understanding how you use our website

What types of cookies do we use?

  • Functionality – The Network use these cookies so that we recognize you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. These could include what language you prefer and location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.

How to manage cookies

You can manage cookies yourself using your web browser settings. Use the ‘help’ function in your browser to find out more about managing your cookie settings.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, however, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Third party cookies on the

To make it easy for you to use and share our website we may embed features from other websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Browsing our website may place cookies from these third party websites on your computer.

WordPress may collect cookies. Information can be found here:

We have no control over these cookies so it is not always possible to list them, and they are liable to change without notifying us.

Privacy policies of other websites

The contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 2nd February 2022.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about the Research Frameworks privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us. Email us at:

How to contact the appropriate authority

Should you wish to report a complaint or if you feel that we have not addressed a concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

An online form is available here: