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Security sensitive materials are defined here as materials that are covered by the Official Secrets Act 1989 and the Terrorism Act 2006, materials that could be considered ‘extremist’ according to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, defined as ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’, and materials that require security clearance before accessing. It should be noted that other material could be regarded as security sensitive, and, if in doubt, researchers should consult their Faculty Research Ethics Officer. Work commissioned by the Ministry of Defence is handled separately under MOD regulations. Staff and students conducting research involving security sensitive materials, and those affected indirectly by such research, are reminded that they should consider not only UK regulations but also the regulations from wherever in the world the research may be linked or carried out. Material could be in audio, visual and written formats and may include, but is not limited to; online, digital, electronic, telecommunication or hard copy sources.
This policy applies to all students, both university and contract staff undertaking research and also any other scholarly activity such as teaching material development that may involve access to and use of security sensitive materials.
The relevant Faculty staff, including subject specialists and the Faculty Research Ethics Officer will provide advice to individuals as to what type of material is ‘security sensitive’ and whether or not notification to UREC is required. The following stages are required for individuals who are engaging with materials deemed to be security sensitive:
Approved by the University Research Ethics Committee 21 February 2016, revised and agreed on 21 September 2016 Approved by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Global Partnerships and the Director of Legal Services on 4 November 2016 Approved by the Prevent Duty Advisory Group on 11 July 2017 Approved by the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee on 26 September 2017 Approved by Academic Board on 8 November 2017 Approved by the Board of Governors on 21 November 2017