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


Update – May 2018 – Guidance previously produced by SPA (referred to below) is being updated to reflect changes to the UCAS process. Unlock is working with UCAS on this work. To find out more, visit our Unlocking students with conviction project page

There is a useful publication by Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) which is titled Criminal Convictions – Statement for Good Practice. Although written before the 2018 changes, much of the guidance will still be helpful for institutions that run courses that involve enhanced DBS checks.

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


We have significant expertise and experience of criminal records and disclosure issues. We work with Government, UCAS and others to improve good practice in university admissions. As part of this, we provide 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.
  4. Ensure the right support is in place to ensure students with criminal records can be successful at university

If you’re interested in receiving support from us, you can find more information here.

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