College Position

The College does not accept or solicit any funding from tobacco companies, whether related to research or teaching. 

College is committed to working in harmony with the Joint Protocol of Cancer Research and Universities UK, which states “UK universities would not wish to engage in activities that compromise the independence or integrity of their work or which lent support to an industry whose products caused serious damage to health”.  Several of our key research funders maintain similar policies with which we must also comply, such as Cancer Research UK’s, Wellcome Trust’s and BHF’s [pdf].  Those funders will not fund researchers who have or apply for funding from the tobacco industry and take very seriously any institutional associations a university may have with the tobacco industry.

All research proposals and applications for funding must be in line with the Proposal Development Policy ROP-06 [pdf]

For further information and guidance, contact the Research Office at