Export control legislation seeks to ensure that UK science and technology is not exploited by Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferators or terrorists.
Export controls apply to University staff in the same way as any other organisation. Many goods, technologies or know-how are designed for legitimate civilian purposes, but can also contribute to WMD and the missiles used to deliver them. A major aim of export controls is to prevent such sensitive technology falling into the wrong hands.
The main areas of concern are military technology, material, equipment or know-how that could be used in nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or other explosive devices or means of delivery and their physical or electronic export.
Failure to comply with this legislation is a criminal offence.