Unless otherwise approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee) in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.3 of the HDR examination procedures policy, theses accepted for the award of a degree* and uploaded to the University's digital repository shall be available for open access.
The advantages of Open Access to your thesis include:
- The research has a global audience, and students gain worldwide exposure and recognition
- More immediate access to research findings is available
- Access is independent of time, place and computer system/platform
- Theses are protected from physical damage or loss
There are no costs involved in making your thesis available to a global audience.
When uploading your final thesis to the library, you can request to restrict access to your thesis completely for a period of up to 3 years subject to approval by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee). Such requests will be considered only on one or more of the following grounds:
- that the thesis contains confidential and/or sensitive material
- that it was a condition imposed by the owner of private records and material used by the author
- that the author was in an employment or other contract relationship with a third party that made the restriction a condition of the contract
- that the thesis contains creative, critical, academic or equivalent material with a likelihood of publication, performance or equivalents.
In exceptional circumstances, longer periods of restriction or a total embargo may be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee).