The Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR) based in Nottingham and the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Institute of Hearing Research – Scottish Section, based in Glasgow, will transfer to become part of the University’s School of Medicine from 1 June 2016. The shared long-term vision of the pioneering research programmes and the staff conducting them remain the same.


To all research study participants who are currently or have previously participated in Medical Research Council (“MRC”) Institute of Hearing Research (“IHR”) research studies:

With effect from Wednesday 1 June 2016 the owernship of the MRC IHR will transfer to the University of Nottingham (the “University”) creating a new University Unit department within the School of Medicine. This transfer includes the MRC/CSO Institute of Hearing Research - Scottish Section, based in Glasgow. The transfer is part of a wider strategic alliance between the MRC and the University of Nottingham that will enhance our excellent research and open up exciting new scientific opportunities.

As part of the transfer the responsibility for the safeguarding of research data and personal information (i.e. the Data Controller) will change from the MRC to the University. However, apart from this, the location of where these data are held, who has access to the data and the conditions under which they are held will not change.

Following the transfer the Unit name will remain the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, at the same address, which can be found below. Similarly the name of the Scottish Section, and its location will remain unchanged.

In due course the University will be sending participants who have taken part in studies affected by this change a letter confirming the changes in the responsibility for safeguarding research data and sensitive personal information.

If you have any questions about the Unit transfer or would like further clarification about what the transfer will mean with regards to the data we hold or the change in Data Controller, then please contact me at the address below

Yours sincerely

Professor Michael Akeroyd


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  • Nottingham
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  • 27th May 2016

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