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Criminal Record Declaration for Overseas and EU applicants


All applicants that have applied for a professional course and do not live in the UK, including Ireland, have to meet certain requirements, the main being the completion of a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application. The DBS will only cover time spent in the UK and if you have lived abroad you must complete a further declaration relating to the absence of a criminal record in your home country.

To pass the relevant checks for registration to Brunel University, applicants will need to complete ONE of two things:

  1. Applicants are asked to complete a Statutory Declaration for International Students'. The Statutory Declaration is a solemn declaration made under the Statutory Declarations Act 1835 and formally declares the existence of a clean criminal record.

The declaration is a form which must be completed in full and signed in the presence of a solicitor in the UK. The Solicitor must also sign the declaration and provide an official stamp. Please note that the Solicitor may charge a small fee, usually £5, for this service.

You can approach any solicitor of your choice however, Turbervilles Solicitors in Uxbridge, Middlesex, will be able to assist you with completing this declaration once you are in the Uxbridge area. Please contact them on 01895 201700 or by email at solicitors@turbervilles.co.uk to make an appointment. 

Once the declaration has been completed, you will need to bring it to the Admissions Office so that we can verify the details, or you can bring the original and a copy with you to registration. The original declaration is yours to keep as it may be requested by your placement or future employers.

2. Alternatively, a copy of your overseas police clearance, also known as a 'Criminal Clearance Certificate' or a 'Certificate of good conduct' will be acceptable in place of this signed solicitor declaration. For example if you live in Ireland and have a recent Garda Siochana clearance we can accept this in place of the declaration. The original certificate should be issued within six months of you starting your course and can be brought in person or a copy emailed to the DBS team in the Admissions Office, or you can bring the original and a copy with you to registration. The original certificate is yours to keep.

 Please take note, you do not have to complete both forms.

 Completion of this form is a requirement of entry onto your chosen professional course and you will not be allowed to register if you do not produce this document or a clearance certificate from your home country. Please make the necessary arrangements to complete the Statutory Declaration or a Criminal Clearance Certificate early as your registration will be delayed if you do not.

 If you have any questions please contact the DBS team by email at dbs@brunel.ac.uk or by telephone on 01895 265265.