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.

Definitions:

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.