Copyright ownership in student work created at UEA Copyright ownership in student work created at UEA

During your studies at UEA you will create original work that is subject to copyright. The University’s position with regard to the ownership of the copyright in any work you create as a UEA student is set out in full in sections 5 and 6 of the University's Intellectual Property Regulations and in the Student Intellectual Property Guide (login required). Key points are summarised below.

For taught students (undergraduate and Master’s level postgraduate): the University will not claim ownership of copyright (or any other intellectual property) in work created by these students, unless by written agreement with the student or student’s sponsor.

For research students (PhD level): The University does not claim any copyright on materials created by research students. However, as a precondition of registration for their research degree all research students agree to formally assign any Intellectual Property arising from their studies to the University should the University, at its sole discretion, request them to do so.

Note that copyright is just one type of protection for an intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office provides further information on intellectual property and your work.

What being a copyright owner means What being a copyright owner means

If you own the copyright in a work you have the exclusive right to:

  • make copies of that work
  • issue copies, rent or lend that work
  • perform, show, play or otherwise communicate the work in public
  • adapt the work, or do any of the above in relation to an adaptation of that work

Copyright enables the rights holder to prevent others from copying, adapting or reusing their work without permission.

The Intellectual Property Office has produced guidance on ownership of copyright works.

Copyright and theses Copyright and theses

UEA doctoral theses are now submitted in print and electronic form upon completion. Increased accessibility benefits other researchers worldwide and leads to greater visibility for your research, but has copyright implications for both the author and for the rights holders of any copyright work included in the thesis.

UEA Library has produced important guidance on theses and copyright, and on the submission of e-theses to the Library. 

For specific queries relating to ownership of copyright in your dissertations or theses, contact the University's Information Policy & Compliance Managers in the first instance.

For specific copyright queries relating to the use of third party copyright material in your thesis or dissertation, contact the University's Information Policy & Compliance Managers in the first instance.