Information Sheet for the Events Research Programme 

This information sheet provides further details about the research studies that will be conducted at your event.


These studies are led by organisations who act as data controllers for the data they collect directly at each event.


Public Health England


Public Health England will be analysing the data available from test results to describe the prevalence of COVID -19 infection in those attending events, and whether this was transmitted to others at the venue. It will also be used to assess how well lateral flow devices perform in preventing outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring at these events.


Once the event has been completed the study data package will be created in linked, anonymised form. This will be a de-identified version of the study survey data linked to select health data, including test results. This data package will be stored in a secure research environment for access by named researchers to undertake the analysis of the data.


Airborne Infection Reduction through Building Operation and Design for SARS-CoV-2 (AIRBODS)


AIRBODS is a joint research programme between Loughborough University, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield and London South Bank University. AIRBODS is a UKRI-funded project which aims to quantify the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings, and thereby offer guidance on the ventilation operation and future design of non-domestic buildings.


The team’s role in the Events Research Programme is to collect environmental data around the venue. We will do this by monitoring indoor air quality (measuring and recording CO2 levels, air temperature and relative humidity - moisture content) in the air at different locations around the venue and relating this to the number of people present and microbiological analysis of surfaces around the venue. This data will be used to determine a Relative Exposure Index. This is not an absolute measure of the risk of transmission, but a measure of exposure relative to a benchmark case.


Experiences of sporting events during Covid-19


What is this document?  


This document explains what kind of study we’re doing, what your rights are, and what will be done with your data. You should keep this page for your records.


Nature of the study  


This study is being run by the University of Edinburgh and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to investigate attendee experience of sporting events and adherence to Covid-19 guidance. This study involves completing survey questions about your experience of the safety measures put in place due to Covid-19 as well as your overall experience of the event. The survey should take 10-20 minutes. You must be over the age of 18 to participate.




Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.  


Risks and benefits


There are no known risks to participation in this study. There are no tangible benefits to you, however, as one of the few people in the UK able to participate in live sporting events, you will be contributing to our knowledge about attendee experiences of sporting events during Covid-19 and ensuring that you and your fellow supporters are kept as safe as possible.


Confidentiality and use of data 


All the information we collect during the course of the research will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. In order to safeguard your privacy, we will never share personal information (like names or dates of birth) with anyone outside the research team. Your data will be referred to by a unique participant number rather than by name. We will store any personal data (e.g., audio/video recordings, signed forms) using the University of Edinburgh’s secure encrypted storage service or in a locked filing cabinet at the University of Edinburgh. The anonymised data collected during this study will be used for research purposes. With your permission, anonymised data such as overall survey results may also be used for research or teaching purposes, and may be shared with other researchers or with the general public (e.g., we may make it available through the world wide web, or use it in TV or radio broadcasts). The anonymised, raw data will only be shared within the research team. Movement Strategies will conduct analysis on footage of events to obtain data on overall levels of adherence to Covid-19 guidance, and we will coordinate with Movement Strategies to obtain their anonymised results (e.g., percentage of people wearing face masks) to assist our understanding of spectator safety and experiences at events.


What are my data protection rights? 


The University of Edinburgh does not process any personal data.  You have the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with Data Protection Law. You also have other rights including rights of correction, erasure and objection.  For more details, including the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, please visit  Questions, comments and requests about your personal data can also be sent to the University Data Protection Officer at


Voluntary participation and right to withdraw


Your participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any time and for any reason up until the point that the study is written up. If you withdraw from the study during or after data gathering, we will delete your data and there is no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.  If you have any questions about what you’ve just read, please feel free to ask, or contact us later. This project has been approved by PPLS Ethics committee. If you have questions or comments regarding your rights as a participant, they can be contacted at 0131 650 4020 or  If you have any questions about what you’ve just read, please feel free to ask them now.


Movement Strategies


Movement Strategies will be undertaking observations at and around the venue to categorise the behaviour of attendees in response to the event itself and also the operational overlay implemented as part of the pilot programme.


Data will be collected via camera and manual observations and will focus on attendees conducting routine (‘public’) activities typically monitored at such events as part of standard safety and security measures.  During these observations, the team will not be interacting with or asking anyone to do anything beyond their normal attendance.


The team will also analyse various data sources post-event (e.g. CCTV footage) to measure different behaviours that may influence the risk of transmission within different settings. Any data captured will be stored, analysed and disposed of in a secure manner, consistent with legal requirements and industry best practice.


A small sample of attendees may be asked to wear tracking devices for a period of time during their attendance. The wearing of this device is entirely voluntary. These attendees will be asked for their consent giving permission for them to wear this device. This device enables their movement (paths, locations, etc.) to be tracked within the event. No other information is generated. The data will not be associated with the individual’s identity. At any point, the participant can return the device and stop being tracked in this way.

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