Copyright is an automatic right which protects all those who have created an original piece of work.

The copyright owner (usually the creator of the work) has the right to control the way in which the work is used, and can prevent others using the work and exploiting it without permission. Copyright within work may be purchased, licensed or assigned.

In the UK, The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, amended by The Copyright Related Rights Regulations 2003 which were developed to comply with the EU Directive 2001/29/EC, are the pieces of legislation that protect the rights of creators.

All photocopying and scanning of copyright materials must comply with UK legislation, with any licence agreements held by the University or be undertaken with the permission of rights holders.

General Information on Copyright (PDF 35KB)

Photocopying and Scanning Information

Photocopying and scanning for private non commercial study and research (PDF 30KB)

Photocopying multiple copies for handouts and course packs under the CLA licence (PDF 35KB)

Photocopying and scanning from newspapers (PDF 30KB)

Photocopying and scanning from the internet (PDF 26KB)

Scanning Information for Staff

Scanning articles, images, diagrams to use in teaching (PDF 26KB)

Provision of digitised copies under the Copyright Licensing Agency License (PDF 46KB)

For further information, email:


Helen Castle, University Solicitor