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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

The UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) introduced restrictions and requirements for large organisations to publish a statement detailing their commitment to combating modern slavery from themselves and their supply chains.

The University is committed to protecting and respecting human rights and takes a robust approach to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not happening as part of University operations or in the supply chain. 

Our approach is set out in our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (.pdf).

The University also provides an annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (.pdf) on steps taken to address modern slavery in operations and supply chains.