Check out our admissions training.

Also, as part of Unlock’s policy work, we’re promoting fair admission policies and practices by universities and colleges



Update – May 2018 – The guidance below is being updated to reflect changes to the UCAS process. Unlock is working with UCAS on this work. To find out more, email

There is a useful publication by Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) which is titled Criminal Convictions – Statement for Good Practice. This sets out guidance for higher education institutions.

There is guidance for applicants on Unlock’s information site for individuals.

Support and training

We have significant expertise and experience of criminal records and disclosure issues. We work with Government, UCAS and Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) to improve good practice in university admissions. As part of this, we provide training and support to universities that are looking to:

  1. Improve their policies and practices and have fair and open admissions processes.
  2. Comply with recent changes to criminal record disclosure legislation.
  3. Train their admissions teams on dealing with individual applicants that have criminal records.

If you’re interested in our training, you can find more information here.

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