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DBS for PGR Students

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions on more than four million people every year.

DBS is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office. This process has replaced the previous CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check and is now primarily based online making the procedure easier and quicker for all concerned.

The Doctoral Research Office now have responsibility for managing the DBS process for all PhD students at the University of Reading requiring a DBS check for purposes of research or fieldworkinvolving young people or vulnerable adults. Students are asked to check with their department whether a DBS check is needed and which level of clearance; 'basic' 'or enhanced'.

For students requiring a DBS please download the DBS Request form which should be completed by your Supervisor and returned to the Doctoral Research Office ( as soon as possible.

Students will then be required to bring their relevant original identity documents to the Doctoral Research Office in the Graduate School as soon as possible. Staff in the DRO will verify the documents and return them immediately to the student (copies will not be taken). Please note when considering which documents to bring that:

  • 1 document must list your date of birth
  • 1 document must list your address

For any queries regarding DBS or the application process please contact   



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