New review process for sensitive, extreme or security related research

Posted by crm28 at Feb 17, 2017 10:15 AM |
The University is launching a new review process for sensitive, extreme or security related research.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) and the Terrorism Act (2006) require universities to assess and manage risk where students or staff carry out sensitive, extremism or security-related research which requires access to online materials, storage or circulation of data (this is known as the Prevent Duty).

The University has to balance academic freedom and the advancement of knowledge against the risk of harm or radicalisation to researchers who come into contact with extreme material and illegal organisations or activities. There is also the danger that inappropriately circulated material can put researchers at risk of arrest and prosecution.

In order to assess and manage these risks, the University has passed a Policy on Researching and Handling Sensitive, Extreme or Radical Material. With effect from 1 March 2017, all research concerning sensitive, extreme or radical material must undergo review and approval before it can begin.


Click here to learn more about the new review process (log-in required) ➜

This includes the review questionnaire, risk assessment form and guidance notes, along with information on how to submit a request for review. Researchers with questions about the new policy should contact Lynne Parsons.

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