The university's academic regulations are designed to ensure the university is able to fulfil its responsibilities under the Articles of Government in exercising its degree awarding powers.

Academic Regulations (Taught Degrees)

The COVID-19 Pandemic is creating uncertainty in all our lives and we want to give you full and transparent information about your learning and assessment at university this year. We have put together some FAQs about the academic regulations to help you understand what's in place to support you. There is also an opportunity for you to ask questions that do not appear on the page. This link will require a University of Cumbria login: Academic Regulations and Assessment COVID-19 FAQs

The University keeps its Academic Regulations under review to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose, reflect good practice in the sector and comply with legislation and other relevant external guidelines.  

In April 2020, the University approved a set of Emergency Regulations to cover the initial period impacted by the Covid19 pandemic (seeing out the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year).  In October 2020, Academic Board agreed to carry forward a small number of elements of the Emergency Regulations into the 2020/21 academic year, these being Section 3 (conduct of assessment boards), Section 7 (extraordinary discretion), Section 8 (extensions) and Section 11 (Extenuating Circumstances).  

On 8 March 2021, Academic Board approved Additional Regulations to apply during the 2020/21 academic year, bringing in changes to Compensation/Condonement, Progression, Reassessment and Award Classification.  The Additional Regulations for 2020/21 recognise the continued disruption that students have faced during this year.  The Additional Regulations for 2020/21 are provided below.

2020/21 Version 12020/21 Version 2 2020/21
Academic Regulations  Academic Regulations Additional Regulations

NOTE:  Most students will come under Academic Regulations 2020/21 Version 1.  Only students who were studying with us during 2017/18 who chose to stay on the old regulations will come under Version 2 of these regulations.


Academic Procedures and Processes (Taught Degrees)

The Academic Procedures and Processes (including the Procedures and Processes for Collaborative Provision) expand on the Academic Regulations, providing more detail about how the Academic Regulations operate in practice.

The Academic Procedures and Processes contains the following:

 2020/21 Version 12020/21 Version 2

Academic Board Approved Variations to Academic Regulations for Specific Programmes

Appendix 1 Appendix 1

University Qualification and Level Descriptors

Appendix 2 Appendix 2

University Wide Grade Descriptors

Appendix 3a  Appendix 3a

Procedures Governing the Marking and Moderation of Assessments

Appendix 3b Appendix 3b

The Conduct of Assessment

Appendix 3c Appendix 3c

Policy and Procedures Governing Academic Malpractice

Appendix 3d Appendix 3d

Extenuating Circumstances Procedures

Appendix 3e Appendix 3e

The Conduct and Operation of Assessment Boards

Appendix 3f Appendix 3f

Transcripts and Parchments

Appendix 3g Appendix 3g

Roles and Responsibilities in External Examining

Appendix 4a Appendix 4a

Criteria for the Appointment of External Examiners and Procedure for Early Termination of Contract

Appendix 4b Appendix 4b

Guidelines for the Selection and Approval of Potential External Examiners

Appendix 4c Appendix 4c

Procedure for Appointing External Examiners

Appendix 4d Appendix 4d

Reporting Procedures for External Examiners

Appendix 4e Appendix 4e

Information for External Examiners

Appendix 4f Appendix 4f

Academic Appeals Procedures

Appendix 5 Appendix 5

Procedure for the award of Credit for Prior Learning (APL)

Appendix 6 Appendix 6 

Degree and Award Ceremony Procedures

Appendix 7 Appendix 7

4 Week Rule Procedures

Appendix 8 Appendix 8

Emergency Academic Regulations (April 2020)

Academic Regulations (PgR Degrees)

AQD also has pages dedicated to External Examiners and Collaborative Provision

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