UK Government COVID-19 Expert Database

The Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team works with academics to generate analysis and ideas for policy.
Over the past few weeks, we've seen a surge in demand for academic expertise as the UK Government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In this rapidly evolving situation, the government needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and the secondary implications of the outbrak.

The government can use these insights to help carry out their function effectively; that is to say, to co-ordinate the UK's strategy for controlling the Coronavirus outbreak, to make effective public policy decisions, and to allocate appropriate funding to the areas most impacted.

To speed up the process of government accessing relevant research expertise, we're creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

If you have any expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impacts (for example, on health, welfare, employment, education and other key areas), and if you would be interested in providing expert insights to the government, we would be extremely grateful if you would sign up to our database. We're a small team and won't be able to respond to all offers of help, but for general enquiries relating to the database, please email and we'll try to get back to you.

Please note: this is separate to the COVID-19 expert database currently maintained by Parliament - due to their distinctive purposes and for data protection reasons, we're unable to share use of that data. If you haven't already, please also consider signing up to that database, which can be found here:


This notice sets out how we will use your personal data, and your rights. It is made under Articles 13 and/or 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).



The purpose for which we are processing your personal data is to create a database of experts engaged in relevant COVID-19 research and research into its secondary impacts.

The database will be used to put government officials in contact with relevant academic and non-academic experts on the COVID-19 outbreak and the policy areas which may be affected by this.

We will also use the data to send you emails giving or asking for information, or surveys seeking your views.

The data may also be used to compile slidepacks and/or newsletters which disseminate useful information in this area. Data will be collected by those academics self-registering.

The data

We will process the following personal data: Title, name, job title, institution or other employer, department, link to their university profile, areas of professional expertise, relevant research they are currently working on, whether they are working with other governmental organisations (domestic and international), email address, phone number.

Legal basis of processing

The legal basis for processing your personal data is it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller. In this case that is the Cabinet Office’s role in supporting cross-government efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.


Your personal data will be shared by us with government officials and officials from relevant public bodies (such as police, regulators, devolved administrations and local government) for the purposes listed above.

As your personal data will be stored on our IT infrastructure it will also be shared with our data processors who provide email, and document management and storage services. If we use a third party survey management supplier the data will also be held by them under our instruction.


Your personal data will be kept by us for a maximum of 18 months.


You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data.

You have the right to request information about how your personal data are processed, and to request a copy of that personal data.

You have the right to request that any inaccuracies in your personal data are rectified without delay.

You have the right to request that any incomplete personal data are completed, including by means of a supplementary statement.

You may have the right to request that your personal data are erased if there is no longer a justification for them to be processed.

You have the right in certain circumstances (for example, where accuracy is contested) to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted.


As your personal data is stored on our IT infrastructure, and shared with our data processors, it may be transferred and stored securely outside the European Union. Where that is the case it will be subject to equivalent legal protection through the use of Model Contract Clauses.


The data controller for your personal data is the Cabinet Office. The contact details for the data controller are: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS, or 0207 276 1234, or

The contact details for the data controller’s Data Protection Officer are: Stephen Jones, Data Protection Officer, Cabinet Office, Room 405, 70 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS, or

The Data Protection Officer provides independent advice and monitoring of Cabinet Office’s use of personal information.


If you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, you may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, or 0303 123 1113, or Any complaint to the Information Commissioner is without prejudice to your right to seek redress through the courts.
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