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Introduction

From August 2021, in accordance with Academic Regulations and the University’s Intellectual Property (IP) Policy all final postgraduate research theses must be deposited in the University’s Open Access Repository through which theses are made publicly available to download. A thesis will only be accepted into the Leeds Beckett Repository when the degree of which it forms a part has been fully awarded. All works deposited are done so under the terms outlined in the University’s eThesis Policy.

Students ownership of the copyright in the work is outlined in the University’s IP Policy. Students must take responsibility for the clearance or redaction of any third party copyright or sensitive material where necessary.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to request access to the eThesis is restricted for a period of time (an ‘embargo’). Embargoes may be granted by the University Research Degree Sub-Committee in accordance with the University’s eThesis Policy (Section 5.5 Embargoes and Access Restrictions). The maximum timeframe is 2 years.

Benefits of depositing a thesis in the Leeds Beckett Repository

The publication of theses in an Open Access Repository has benefits for both the University and the researcher/thesis author, including:

  • raising the visibility and reusability of research: an eThesis is more available, searchable and visible worldwide, including via the British Library’s publicly available Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS), which harvests eTheses from University Repositories. See FAQ How do I deposit my thesis in EThOS?
  • creating a permanent digital archive of the research: this aligns with the principles of the University’s Open Research Policy

Deposit Checklist

It is important to familiarise yourself with the copyright and licensing information provided as some additional work may be required before depositing your thesis.

To assist you with this process, please ensure that you follow our Deposit Checklist and search the FAQs for further information.

eThesis Policy

Leeds Beckett University eThesis Policy sets out our commitment to making electronic copies of research theses (eTheses) publicly available.