Department of Student and Academic Administration

Applicant criminal conviction checks


This page is aimed at applicants who have applied for a course and have been asked to declare a criminal conviction by the University of Portsmouth.


What is a spent conviction?

If a person does not re-offend during their rehabilitation period, their conviction becomes 'spent' (as defined by The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974).


What is a relevant conviction?

Relevant offences are defined as those involving any kind of violence, which includes offences concerning the intention to harm or resulting in actual bodily harm, the unlawful supply of controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking, offences involving firearms, arson or those listed in the Sex Offences Act 2003 or the Terrorism Act 2006.


Policy documentation

Please download our Policy for the Admission of Applicants and Students with a Criminal Record