One print copy of each thesis for which a higher degree has been awarded will be deposited in a condition suitable for preservation in the University Library. In addition, an electronic version should be supplied as a PDF file on a CD-ROM, or other suitable medium as agreed by the Library.
Each thesis (in both print and electronic format) will be made available for consultation six months after it has been deposited in the Library. The print version will be kept in the University Library and the electronic copy made publically available on the e-theses repository.
The print copy shall not be permitted to leave the University Library or a library to which it has been issued on inter-library loan.
Access to the thesis may be restricted for a further 6 months if the request is supported by the Supervisor/Head of School or Institute and the Dean of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant Faculty. This restriction will be granted if it meets one or more of the following Freedom of Information Act exemption criteria:
Some or all of the material is due for publication, or publication is actively being sought
Release of the material would prejudice substantially the use of the results and related commercial interests
The material includes information that was obtained under a promise of confidentiality
At the end of the second period of six months, access to the publication will be restricted for up to a further two years with the written permission of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies. This restriction will be granted if it meets one or more of the Freedom of Information Act exemption criteria described in 23 above. In very exceptional circumstances a longer period of embargo may be applied.
A thesis which is restricted for general consultation may nevertheless be consulted at any time, without the author's permission, by the supervisor of the thesis or by the Head of the School or Institute concerned.