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Policy on researching and handling materials or topics of a sensitive nature

Part of: Research Governance
Part of: Research Students


Universities play a vital role in carrying out research on issues where security-sensitive, radical, illegal, or potentially sensitive topics and materials are relevant. This includes material and topics that fall under the Prevent agenda as required under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (and 2019 update). It is a duty of the University to ensure research into sensitive, radical or extreme topics and materials, including chemicals or organisms that can be used as weapons, is carried out appropriately and with due regard to safeguarding the researcher(s) and others. In operating this policy, the University seeks to ensure that the freedom to pursue academic research is upheld, balanced with the need to protect both staff and students, and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.