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SafePod

Accredited researchers can now access secure datasets from participating data centres across the UK through the SafePod Network

The University’s SafePod, based in Hallward Library on University Park, is part of the wider SafePod Network (SPN) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation. 


What is a SafePod?

SafePods are designed to provide accredited researchers with access to secure datasets from participating Data Centres across the UK.

Access to secure datasets usually involves regular long-distance travel, however, the ESRC aims to open up opportunities for research by providing local access within a safe setting.

A SafePod has many features including a door control access system, CCTV, a researcher area for the analysis of datasets, a secure service area, wheelchair accessibility and height-adjustable desk.

The SafePod at Nottingham is one of the first to be installed nationally and opened for bookings in August 2021. By the end of 2022, a total of 25 SafePods are expected to be part of the SafePod Network.

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Data centres

Datasets are available from the following data centres:

  • Office for National Statistics
  • UK Data Service
  • SAIL Databank
  • Scottish Government

Additional data centres are expected to join as the service develops. Institutions can also arrange for their datasets to be made available via the SafePod Network.

How to access the SafePod 

  • Bookings for access to the SafePod are available via the SafePod Network’s website. Please note that you need a project with a SPN Data Centre to be able to book and use a SafePod.
  • Access to the on-campus SafePod will then be coordinated by trained staff from University of Nottingham Libraries.
  • Hours of opening: Monday - Friday, 9.30am-4.00pm.
  • The SafePod is located on floor two in Hallward Library on University Park, next to the lending desk.

More information

For more information about the SafePod at the University of Nottingham, please email library-researchsupport@nottingham.ac.ukWe advise that if you are starting a project and using the UoN SafePod for the first time, you get in touch to discuss your planned timeframe with us.

For general enquiries about the SafePod Network contact 01334 463901 or email safepodnetwork@st-andrews.ac.uk.

SafePod is a registered trademark of the University of St Andrews.

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