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 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.  

2023/24 Academic Regulations (Taught Programmes)

The 2023/24 Academic Regulations can be accessed here.  These regulations will apply to new and continuing students.  In June 2023, Academic Board approved a minor change to these regulations to specifically make reference to artificial intelligence within malpractice 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. 

A summary of changes to the University Regulations (the one change described above) and Academic Procedures and Processes is available here.

The Academic Procedures and Processes contains the following:


Academic Board Approved Variations to Academic Regulations for Specific Programmes

Appendix 1

University Qualification and Level Descriptors

Appendix 2

University Wide Grade Descriptors

Appendix 3a 

Procedures Governing the Marking and Moderation of Assessments

Appendix 3b

The Conduct of Assessment

Appendix 3c

Policy and Procedures Governing Academic Malpractice

Appendix 3d

Extenuating Circumstances Procedures

Appendix 3e

The Conduct and Operation of Assessment Boards

Appendix 3f

Transcripts and Certificates

Appendix 3g

External Examiners to include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities in External Examining
  • Criteria for the Appointment of External Examiners and Procedure for Early Termination of Contract
  • Guidelines for the Selection and Approval of Potential External Examiners
  • Procedure for Appointing External Examiners
  • Reporting Procedures for External Examiners
  • Information for External Examiners
Appendix 4

Academic Appeals Procedures

Appendix 5

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

Appendix 6

Degree and Award Ceremony Procedures

Appendix 7

4 Week Rule Procedures

Appendix 8


Quality and Standards also has pages dedicated to External Examiners and Collaborative Provision

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