Export Control

The University’s mission to undertake excellent research, provide world-class education and be a leader in enterprise means that we engage widely with universities, students and businesses from across the world.

Export Control is a significant aspect of UK security legislation, is broad in its application and has the potential to affect an extensive range of academic disciplines. As a responsible institution, mindful of its charitable status, the University takes legal compliance very seriously. UK Export Control compliance is not optional.

The Export Control regime in other countries varies and it is important to identify whether a different Export Control regime may be imposed on the University as a condition of engaging with companies operating in global markets and in particular those based in the United States of America.

The University has a duty to ensure it remains compliant with the UK Export Control regime. Individual members of staff have personal duties to comply with the Export Control regime. Failure to comply can lead to criminal sanctions, with fines in the £100,000s and prison sentences of up to 10 years for non-compliance. The consequences of breaching foreign Export Controls regimes can involve significant criminal actions against individuals, including imprisonment in those countries.

The University has adopted a policy on Export Control which is available to download.

Further enquiries should be directed to the Contracts Team in the Enterprise Office.

Further guidance

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued specific guidance for Universities which is available here:

The Association of University Legal Practitioners, Kings College London, BIS and the FCO produced the Higher Education Guide and Toolkit on Export Controls and the ATAS Student Vetting Scheme in 2015, which is available here: