If you would like to conduct a research project with the National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance (CATs), you will need to follow the guidance below.


Research Projects with the Centre’s for Advanced Training in Dance

The National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance (CATs) are regularly contacted by external bodies in relation to research projects, for the purpose of processing these requests efficiently and effectively we ask that the following are taken into consideration.

*The use of the term participant includes students, staff and related CAT Stakeholders.

Ethical Approval Statement

We request a description of where ethical approval for a study was obtained. This is especially important for in relation to our participants, many of whom are under 16. Our expectation is that all research partners protect the dignity, rights and welfare of our research participants.

Data Protection and Research

Any data relating to the personal information of participants used for research purposes must be used in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016 and Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018.

The above legislation sets out specific obligations for:

  • Informing participants about how their data will be used, shared and retained, as well as their rights.
  • Minimising the use of personally identifiable data wherever possible.
  • Having in place safeguards to protect the data of research participants.


If the research request is in relation to a survey, we ask the following is in place:

  1. Privacy Statement – Prominently display a link to the privacy information on the survey request, to ensure participants can access this information easily and are fully aware of who has created the survey and for what purpose their data will be used. Age appropriate guidance should be given for those under 18.
  2. Obtain consent from the participants before you send the survey. It is your responsibility to inform the participants of the reasons why you collect their personal data, where you store it, for how long you process it, and in which ways you will use it in the future.
  3. Opt-out option – The ability of the participants to remove themselves from the process at any point.
  4. Processing data of underaged individuals – Parental consent or supervision is required when collecting and processing the personal data of participants under the age of 16. Careful consideration must be given to the necessity for collecting any personal data for individuals under the age of 18.
  5. Incorporating survey data with third-party applications – When incorporating personal survey data to third-party applications, you should verify beforehand that those third parties also comply with GDPR regulations.
  6. Storage of personal data – Define and notify participants for how long you will retain personal information before you send out survey invites.
  7. Individual’s right to their data – Inform participants how you will facilitate requests to not only access but, also, delete personal information upon request.
  8. Data portability – The transfer of personal data from one electronic system to another, how this will be collated, stored and deleted.