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Alumni Code of Conduct (PDF)

Data & Information Policies

Acceptable Use Policy

Account and Password Policy

CCTV Policy

Data Breach Management Procedure (PDF)

Data Governance Framework (PDF)

Data Protection Policy (PDF)

Freedom of Information Act Policy (PDF)

Home and Remote Access Policy

Information Handling Policy

Information Security Policy

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Anti-harassment and Bullying Policy (PDF)

Equality and Diversity Policy

Family Friendly

Adoption (PDF)

Maternity (PDF)

Paternity (PDF)

Shared Parental Leave (PDF)


Anti-Bribery Policy

Anti-Money Laundering Policy and Procedures (PDF)

Counter-Fraud Policy and Fraud Response Plan (PDF)

Debtor Policy (PDF)

Responsible Investment Policy (PDF)

Responsible Procurement Policy (PDF)

Financial Regulations (PDF)

Terms and Conditions of Purchase (PDF)

Governance & Legal

Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech and Meetings or Other Activities on College Premises (PDF)

Conflict of Interest Policy (PDF)

'Fit and Proper Persons' Policy (PDF)

Ownership, Protection and Intellectual Property Rights Policy (PDF)

Policy Framework (PDF)

Prevent Policy Statement (PDF)

Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing Policy) (PDF)

Risk Management Policy (PDF)

Student Protection Plan

RCA Guide for Council Members


Additional Leave Policy (PDF)

Appeals Policy (PDF)

Capability Policy (Non-academic Staff) (PDF)

Career Break Scheme Policy (PDF)

Disciplinary Policy (PDF)

Fixed-term Contract Policy (PDF)

Grievance Policy (PDF)

Policy on the Use of Guest Lecturers (PDF)

Probation Policy (Non-Academic Staff) (PDF)

Redeployment Policy (PDF)

Redundancy Policy (PDF)

Staff Induction Policy (PDF)

Staff Recruitment Policy (PDF)

Time Off in Lieu Policy (PDF)

Travel, Entertainment & Expenses Policy (PDF)

Health & Wellbeing

Drug and Alcohol Misuse Policy (PDF)

Dyslexia Policy (PDF)

Code of Conduct for Personal Relationships at Work (PDF)

Cause for Concern Policy & Procedures (inc Fitness to Study) (PDF)

Health, Safety & Environment

Environmental Policy

Health & Safety Policy (PDF)

Sustainable Food Policy


RCA Donations Acceptance Policy (PDF)

Research and Knowledge

The RCA welcomes the recommendations from The Independent Review of University Spin-Out Companies commissioned by the Government.

Since its foundation, the RCA has had a strong focus on industry engagement and is continuing to bring its art and design capabilities to creative innovation, humanising technology, and solving business, societal and environmental challenges.

The RCA knowledge and technology transfer ecosystem, including InnovationRCA, the RCA’s award-winning IP and entrepreneurship centre, has supported the formation and growth of over 80 start-up companies based on IP spun out of the RCA.  The RCA has always promoted founder friendly policies and has been actively building a strong investment environment, including its first Design and Innovation S/EIS Investment Fund and an angel investor network.

The RCA Knowledge Exchange Strategy (HIEF Accountability Statement 2021-22 to 2024-25) reflects our strong commitment to transparency, and our engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders including our student community, researchers, external partners, industry, investors, and policy makers, aligning with the principles of the UK's Knowledge Exchange Concordat.

We continue to explore and develop new models for commercialisation of creative know-how and research outputs that are not protectable by patents. We recognise the need to invest in a supportive research culture and environment, empowering our staff to share the positive impact of their research as widely as possible. In 2023, we launched the RCA Research and Knowledge Exchange Academy to provide training for our academic and research community to equip them with skills on entrepreneurship, IP, and business engagement.

The Spin-Out Review provides a rich context for further review and development of our existing policies, processes, and practices, supporting the UK’s ambition to be a science and innovation superpower, and we are happy to confirm our commitment to adopting its recommendations. 

Research Misconduct Policy and Procedure (PDF)

Policy on Ownership, Protection and Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (PDF)

RCA Policy on Ethics in Research Funding (PDF)

Students, Teaching & Academic Policies

Visit Student policies, procedures and regulations to view student policies.

Contact us

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