ORCID is an independent non-profit organisation that provides a persistent identifier – an ORCID iD – that distinguishes you from other researchers and acts as a mechanism for linking your research outputs, other work and details to your unique iD.
Anyone can register for free.
Providing your iD to publishers, funders, and other bodies, and adding it to your staff/student Pure profile can help to automate some updates to your research profile – they can send information to ORCID and ORCID can send information to them.
Edge Hill has no admin access to your ORCID account: you have full control and decide what can read/write to it. You can also control your account’s overall visibility.