Export controls are designed to restrict the export and communication of sensitive technology or strategic goods, with the aim of preventing the development and proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), terrorist activities or human rights abuses. UN countries must have systems in place to oversee the movement of certain Items.
The controls apply to any activities the University does. This includes research, teaching, visitors to the University, travel and conferences overseas as well as the collaborators and funders we work with. Ensuring compliance with export control legislation helps to mitigate against reputational damage, threats to national security and protects the work we do. The controls are not intended to stifle research and discovery, but to provide government oversight of exports.
Compliance with export controls is a legal requirement that applies not only to the University but to individuals, including:
- All University staff and students
- Anyone undertaking activities for or on behalf of the University, regardless of their location, for example those holding an honorary position.
- Anyone operating or carrying out activities on University premises
- Anyone conducting work at or for a University subsidiary
The majority of export control licence applications from the University will be for research. The Principle Investigator (PI) for a research project is responsible for ensuring their work complies with export control legislation.
Exporting controlled Items without a licence is a criminal offence and could result in a conviction, imprisonment and/or fine for the individual. For further information see the consquences of non-compliance.
The government has produced guidance specifically for academic research to help in assessing export controls, see here for details.
The International Risk and Export Control Officer within Legal & Governance can provide further advice and guidance as well as submit an export control application in collaboration with the relevant colleague if necessary.
As well as UK export control legislation, the University is obliged to comply with the following:
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