Criminal records

We do not wish to prevent those with criminal records from benefitting from higher education. This has to be balanced with providing a safe environment in which to work and study.

The policy on applicants and students with criminal records, located on the Student Cases webpage, explains the process we will use in considering applications from those with criminal records and how applicants can appeal against the decision made. 

The obligations on applicants and students to declare criminal records are also described.

Applications through UCAS

From May 2018, applicants for courses starting in 2019 onwards are no longer required to declare whether they have any relevant unspent criminal convictions when making applications to UCAS. Only applicants who apply for courses leading to certain professions or occupations maybe asked to declare if they have any criminal convictions, including spent convictions.

These include (but are not limited to) teaching, medicine, dentistry, law, accountancy, actuarial, insolvency, healthcare, social work, veterinary medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, osteopathy, chiropractic, optometry, and those involving work with children or vulnerable adults, including the elderly or sick people.

If you feel that your course should be flagged and this has not already been done, please email Taught Admissions on and this can be set up.

For a more detailed explanation, including help text that applicants see in UCAS Apply, see pages 68 to 70 of the UCAS undergraduate admissions guide.

What to do when an applicant declares a criminal conviction

For undergraduate and taught postgraduate admissions, where the applicant has answered 'Yes' to the criminal conviction question(s), admissions tutors are obliged to follow this up by sending out the criminal conviction questionnaire if you would otherwise have made the applicant an offer.

On return of the completed questionnaire, please send it to Anya Wright ( for further advice, with a recommendation on making an offer to the applicant. The recommendation will then be considered in consultation with Secretariat and you will subsequently be notified of the decision. Where the course dictates the requirement of a full DBS disclosure, please follow your set procedure.