The University Regulations have been restructured for September 2020 (as approved by Academic Board in April 2020), in order to:
- incorporate the new academic framework for undergraduate programmes, which commences for level 4 students entering in September 2020
- address inconsistencies between and within the many documents that previously made up the Regulations
- provide a coherent overview of the high-level principles underpinning all of the University’s programmes and awards, supported by separate operational instructions and guidance
- address feedback from students, which indicated that they would like the Regulations to be more clearly expressed, and structured around the student journey.
The changes that have been made relate primarily to structure and presentation, so you can be reassured that nothing material has changed in terms of regulation or procedure. The main changes to the Regulations relate to the incorporation of the new undergraduate Academic Framework and the associated progression and award requirements.
Other changes include:
- The Regulations have been renamed as ‘Regulations for Study’ to distinguish them from other University regulations (such as the Financial Regulations), and some other terminology may be different (e.g. exceptional circumstances replaced mitigating circumstances last year).
- There is a clearer distinction between regulations, procedural requirements, and operational guidance. The Regulations themselves will not be subject to frequent change, but any changes must be approved by Academic Board and/or the Board of Governors.
- Procedural requirements setting out the rules for how specific Regulations should be implemented are now published in manuals or handbooks by the expert professional services teams that manage the processes, and will be overseen by the relevant committees and groups. They are likely to be updated more regularly, to respond to feedback, environmental/legislative changes, or emerging sector guidance on good practice. These procedures may be updated during a student’s period of study, with due notification.
- Other guidance will be made available by the relevant professional services teams to support staff and students in navigating the procedures they manage. Guidance is owned locally and can therefore be updated quickly and easily so that it always reflects current practice, without the need for higher level approval.
- Links to the appropriate teams’ webpages, for information on procedural requirements and other guidance, is provided at the relevant points on the Regulations webpages.
- A number of obsolete awards which are no longer used and do not fit within the Framework for HE Qualifications, have been removed from the University’s portfolio.