The University holds a Higher Education Copyright Licence issued by the UK's Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) which permits staff and students to make multiple (or systematic) copies for teaching and learning from books, periodicals and other materials in University owned collections within the CLA repertoire.
The Licence is negotiated with CLA on behalf of the Higher Education sector by representatives from Universities UK and Guild HE. The current Higher Education Copyright Licence agreement runs from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2024.
All departments and offices with a photocopier or scanner should print and display the CLA Copyright Notice below above or close to each machine, so it can be easily consulted by users.
Content from many books, journals and some magazines are licensed for use in printed course packs under the Licence, subject to terms and exclusions. Personally owned copies of textbooks or journals, inspection or proof copies of published material, or photocopies made or obtained via interlibrary loan for private use are not licensed for further copying under the CLA Licence.
Special conditions apply to digital course packs which can only be prepared by Designated Persons in Library Services, who ensure that all Digital Copies fall within the CLA repertoire, and comply with the Licence terms and conditions. These include a requirement for all CLA Digital Copies to carry an appropriate copyright notice.
Users should check whether a book, journal or magazine title allows copying using the CLA Check Permissions tool before copying, and at least every new academic year, as licensed repertoire is subject to change: rightsholders may add or withdraw content at any time. In some cases, additional clearance may be needed.
See the Check Permissions Step-by-Step Guide and the HE Licence Good Practice Guide for course pack creation.
The CLA Licence, User Guidelines and other support material including lists of excluded works and categories are available on CLA's website. Information on scanning, digital readings and other types of materials can be found using the links on this page.