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Admissions Policy

3.18. Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Currently under review in light of recent legislation changes

3.18.1 UCAS helptext states: To help the universities and colleges reduce the risk of harm or injusry to their students and staff caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, they must know about any relevant criminal convictions that an applicant has. Please read the following carefully.

If you have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, please tick the box; otherwise leave it blank

If you tick the box you will not be automatically excluded from the application process.

Spent is defined in  [UCAS]Apply

Relevant is defined [UCAS]Apply

3.18.2 A criminal conviction not yet spent shall not normally be a bar to entry to a course unless:

i.  The programme provides entry to employment in an occupation covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order 1975

ii. Where a criminal conviction might raise particular concerns in the context of activities associated with the programme

iii. The prospect of employment at the end of a professionally or vocationally related programme would be substantively compromised by a criminal conviction

iv. It is judged that the safety of the University community and property will be at risk.

3.18.3 Applicants for University programmes of study are asked to disclose criminal convictions on the UCAS or UTT application form or on the University Direct Application form as relevant. This will not normally apply to those convictions which are ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants for programmes of study which require a greater level of disclosure of conviction under the DBS scheme will be notified.


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