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University policies on criminal record disclosure

Applying to university with a criminal record can be intimidating. Since 2018, UCAS no longer ask all applicants to tick the ‘criminal convictions’ box and universities have developed their own policies.* Many do still ask, but a growing number now ask about ‘conditions or restrictions’ that might affect study. Some no longer ask at all.

We’ve created a searchable database of all university policies on criminal records. Search by university or look for all universities that don’t ask about unspent convictions.

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*UCAS applicants to courses leading directly to regulated professions will be asked about criminal records that are not protected. For more information see UCAS or contact

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