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Collaborators and funders

The University is committed to providing an effective environment for our academic community and their world-renowned international research activities. Unfortunately, some of our research and its outputs have the potential to be misused when exported.

In order to protect the University and the work we do, we must comply with export controls. Many research activities will not be subject to export controls, if they are, they may simply require a licence to continue – it’s unlikely that any activities will be suspended. However, in order to continue with your work safely and ethically, you must check if it is subject to export controls by following the guidance below.

Under new government regulations, all international researchers who are subject to UK immigration control (apart from exempt nationalities) coming to the UK as a visitor to the University will need to apply under Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) before they begin any research subject to ATAS. If the research focus is changed at any time a new ATAS certificate will be required. Researchers who have a valid visa and were employed by the University before 21 May 2021 do not need to retrospectively apply for ATAS approval.

Collaborations include contractual as well as informal verbal agreements for potential co-authorship, and collaborators also include potential co-authors of journal articles, reviews, book chapters, webpages, technical notes and any other publishable materials.

Please note: when planning a new project, or if the research focus is changed at any time, export controls checks must be made in parallel to starting applications for funding and before inviting visitors to the University, not afterwards.