Answered By: Noel Broadhead
Last Updated: May 16, 2017     Views: 129

There may be instances when a thesis contains confidential information that cannot be made freely accessible. In most cases, confidentiality will apply to a part or parts of the thesis only.

Confidential information could include:

  • Proprietary survey instruments
  • Industry and company specific information
  • Outlines for future patents

The University expects that free access to all theses deposited in the Library should be permitted. Where practical, confidential material should form a separate appendix in the thesis.

Students wishing to omit confidential information from their thesis when it is included in Research Online should consider whether their needs may be alternatively met by seeking restriction of access for a defined time. Speak to your supervisor if you have any questions about confidential information in your thesis.

See also the Thesis Submission and Graduation information.

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