10.10 Criminal Convictions
1. The University aims to provide opportunities for prospective students who are capable of benefiting from, and successfully completing, a degree or other scheme irrespective of their background. The University also recognises that it has a duty of care in respect of students, staff and visitors.
2. Where an applicant declares information pertaining to a relevant and unspent criminal conviction, this application will be considered in accordance with the University’s Student Applications & Criminal Convictions policy.
Relevant offences include one or more of the following:
• Any kind of violence
• Sexual offences
• Drug dealing or drug trafficking
• Offences involving firearms, arson and/or terrorism
3. The period of time it takes for a criminal conviction to become ‘spent’ is defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. A conviction is considered ‘unspent’ until this defined period has passed.