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A full risk assessment is required for filming on University premises. Risk assessments are building-specific and need to be approved by the Building Safety Officer or the Business Manager. Please contact the relevant Building Manager.

Recommendations how to complete a suitable and sufficient risk assessment are available on the University website.


Public Liability Insurance is needed for all filming anywhere in Oxford, particularly on University premises.
Do not allow any film or production companies onto your premises without liability insurance.

The Public Liability Insurance required by the University varies with location and project; it is usually a minimum of £10-15 million, depending on the possible damage which could be caused during filming. Please check with the University Insurance Team. Liability Insurance for filming within University Colleges might be different, please check with the College.

Freelancers and independent companies need to work within the University's standard terms of reference for supplying service. Under those terms, the University retains copyright


  • Anyone featured in films will need to sign a consent form, downloadable from the University photography and GDPR toolkit (accessible with Oxford SSO)
  • Legally you must put up signs to inform the public and anyone in the building that filming will be taking place in the area.
  • It is advised that a member of University staff or security accompany the film crew at all times, to ensure they adhere to guidelines

How to remotely show a video to a contributor

Videos can be uploaded onto Vimeo, with 'Privacy settings' set as 'only people with a password'. Once you've received the consent form, you can remove the password

Institutional Reputation

  • Where and when will the video be published and released?
  • Is the content about Oxford, or the Centre, or is it about something irrelevant? Is it positive or negative?
  • Will the film reinforce stereotypes about Oxford? How will it affect the general public's perceptions of Oxford or the Centre?