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Further Information for Criminal Conviction Declarations

As part of our duty of care to applicants and existing students, we need to know if you have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent.

The definition of 'relevant' convictions in this context is as follows:

  • those involving any kind of violence;
  • offences concerning the intention to harm or resulting in actual bodily harm;
  • the unlawful supply of controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking;
  • offences involving firearms;
  • offences involving arson;
  • offences listed in the Sex Offences Act 2003
  • offences listed in the Terrorism Act 2006.

Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant.

If you are in any doubt as to whether a conviction is relevant, please select 'Yes' on your application and we will contact you for further information. Answering 'Yes' will not automatically exclude you from consideration for a place at the University of Reading.