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.

Emergency Academic Regulations (April 2020)

Academic Regulations (Taught Degrees)

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.  During 2017/18, Academic Board approved changes to regulations on reassessment, progression and condonement.  We discussed the proposed changes with the Students’ Union (UCSU) and we sent out a survey to all continuing students as part of the consultation process.

All new students from September 2018 onwards will be on the new regulations (Academic Regulations 2019/20 Version 1).  Students who were studying with us during 2017/18 who chose to stay on the old regulations (Academic Regulations 2019/20 Version 2) will stay on these regulations.  For continuing students who chose to move to the new regulations, Academic Regulations 2019/20 (Version 1) will apply.

The regulations are provided below.

2019/20 Version 12019/20 Version 2
Academic Regulations  Academic Regulations

Please click below for the plain English guide to the revised 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:

 2019/20 Version 12019/20 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

Academic Regulations (PgR Degrees)

AQD also has pages dedicated to External Examiners and Collaborative Provision

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