Student guidance for audio and video recording of lectures

DP digital devicesIt is an important part of a student’s professional development to understand, recognise and respect the legal rights of others when digitally recording someone else’s materials. The increased prevalence of personal smartphones has meant that an increasing number of students are able to easily record various types of teaching activities.

As part of the universtiy’s JISC-funded ALTO project, John Casey has produced a useful reference guide for students that focuses on digital recording.

Recording by students

You must obtain the permission of the lecturer before making any audio or video recording of a lecture, tutorial, demonstration, seminar or workshop. This is also common professional courtesy.

Students in possession of a disability passport should refer to the guidelines produced by the Disability Team. To contact the Disability Team please consult this web page –

Where a recording is made by you of a lecture session the recording may be used for your personal use only.  It must not be published on the internet or otherwise distributed.  Similarly, sharing of the recording with others without the permission of the lecturer is not permitted.

If you want to record a group discussion or seminar or lecture with audience participation you should also ask the permission of the group. You should indicate how the recording is to be used and for how long it will be kept.


Recording of Lectures by the College

From time to time a lecture that you are attending may be recorded so that, for example, it can be accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  In these circumstances notification will be provided before the session that the lecture is to be recorded and an area of the lecture theatre will be made available for students who do not wish to have their image recorded.

These lectures may be made available to you via the VLE in order to support your learning.  You should note that copyright restrictions apply and that the recordings remain the property of the University and may not be copied or re-distributed without permission.


Sources of Further Information

A good grasp of copyright and related law is an important skill set to have in your professional career and you can find more information on the following website

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