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An ‘Unmanned Aerial System’ (UAS), also known as a “Drone” is an aircraft flight which is controlled either autonomously, by on-board computers, or by a pilot using a remote control. This Protocol relates to UASs being flown:

  • On, inside, or over University premises, by the University or by third parties

  • Off University premises (UK and overseas) for University business, study, or research.

Key points of this Protocol are: 

  • Outdoor flights on University premises have a University Premises Flight Permit.

  • Outdoor University-controlled UAS flights in the UK are managed under a CAA Commercial Licence.

  • Indoor UAS flights on University premises are risk assessed and have the approval of the local Health and Safety Manager.

  • University-controlled UAS flights overseas are subject to the relevant country’s aviation regulations.

  • The relevant UAS Procedure needs to be followed.

  • UAS Pilots are competent and trained

  • UAS accidents, incidents and non-conformances to flight plans are reported on the University’s online accident and incident reporting system (Sentinel)

If you are considering carrying out a UAS flight, if you need to get hold of the Approval Form, or if you need any help, guidance or assistance please contact the UAS Administrator Kevin Meloy and his team on:

These bullet points are only a brief summary – the Standard sets out what needs to happen across the University. See the documents attached below for more information.