Information For Those with Unspent Criminal Convictions

Information For Those With Unspent Criminal Convictions

Swansea University aims to promote equality of opportunity for all applicants with the right mix of talent, skills and potential.  Swansea University welcomes applications from diverse candidates.  Criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only when the conviction is relevant.  Unless the nature of the work demands it, you will not be asked to disclose convictions which are ‘spent’ or “filtered” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013).  Having a caution or conviction will not necessarily bar you from a place on your chosen course.  This will depend on the circumstances and background to your offence(s).

Applicants are asked to disclose on their application forms for programmes which do not involve working with children or vulnerable adults whether they have any “unspent” convictions or cautions.  Applicants who disclose unspent criminal convictions or cautions on their application forms will first be judged on academic grounds.  If an Admissions Tutor wishes to recommend an offer, the Admissions Office would at this stage write to the applicant requesting further information which would be considered by the Admissions Selector and Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for Admissions to decide whether or not the application could proceed.

Any applicant who receives a caution or conviction after applying and before the date of enrolment to the University should inform the DACE without delay.  If a student is convicted after enrolment he/she should inform DACE immediately.