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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 London, applicants will need to complete ONE of the below two options:

  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, HAL Solicitors in Uxbridge, will be able to assist you with completing this declaration once you are in the Uxbridge area. Please contact Andrew Lindsay 01895 251700 or by email at andrew@hal-solicitors.co.uk to make an appointment.  HAL Solicitors full address is 8 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JN.

The completed declaration can be brought to the Admissions Office in person or emailed to the DBS team in the Admissions Office, alternatively 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, you can provide a copy of your overseas police clearance, also known as a 'Criminal Clearance Certificate' or a 'Certificate of good conduct'. Any of these documents are acceptable in place of a 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. Any certificate of good conduct should be issued within six months of you starting your course (in September) and can be brought to the University in person or emailed to the DBS team in the Admissions Office. Alternatively you can bring the original and a copy with you to registration. The original certificate is yours to keep.

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

Completion of the Criminal Record Declaration 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.