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The use of drones in University activities is widespread, and constantly increasing.   Their uses include aerial filming and inspection work – for example, marketing (aerial photography), surveys (building roofs, tall chimneys) - and research activities (including land and water surveys in Geography projects). These devices clearly have enormous potential, but there are a number of regulatory, safety and privacy issues that must be addressed before staff or students construct and/or operate them, or engage a third party to do so.

If you intend to fly a drone, please complete the notification form.

This webpage provides links to University policy and guidance, sample risk assessments, articles and links of interest.

Sample documentation

Risk Assessments

Here are some examples of risk assessments for drone flights.  The content is meant as a general guide to the types of hazard that may need to be considered when planning a drone flight and is NOT exhaustive.  They refer to the use of Standard Operating Procedures, which should be drawn up for drone flights and which should provide detailed information on the operation of the drone.

Example Drone Flight Risk assessment - Hooe Lake

Example Drone Flight Risk assessment - USAR Lincolnshire

Example Drone Flight Risk assessment - Haytor and Quarries

Useful website links

Civil Aviation Authority

CAP 393: The Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) and Regulations
Civil Aviation Authority CAP 398 

CAP 722: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance
Civil Aviation Authority CAP 722

No Fly Zones for Drones in the UK
No Fly Zones for Drones, UK

Links for Data Protection:
CCTV Code of Practice
University Data Protection Policy
ICO guidance on unmanned aerial systems (UAS)