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7: Evidence


To help us consider an application where a disclosure has been made, you should include the following evidence, where relevant:


at least one independent report relating to the event(s), such as sentencing remarks following a criminal conviction;


references from at least two independent professional people (of which one should preferably be from an employer or tutor) who know you well and are familiar with the matters being considered;


evidence of any rehabilitation (e.g. probation reports, references from employers and/or tutors);


documentary evidence in support of your case and where possible, an independent corroboration of your account of the event(s);


your attitude towards the event(s);


the extent to which you were aware of the rules and procedures governing the reference of material, or the use of group work or collaborative material;


the extent to which you could reasonably have been expected to realise that the offence did not constitute legitimate academic practice;


credit check information (in the relevant circumstances); and/or


actions you have taken to clear any debts, satisfy any judgments and manage your finances.


The onus is on you to provide any evidence you consider necessary and/or appropriate. However, should we consider that you have provided insufficient evidence, we reserve the right to carry out our own investigation and/or refuse the application if further evidence is not forthcoming.