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Contribute to our review

We're reviewing our core academic regulations to ensure that they're fit for the future

The Review of Regulations project, which was launched in November 2020, is a ‘root and branch’ review of our core academic regulations for its taught and research degree provision.

All of our regulations are reviewed routinely and individually but this project will review the regulations together, in their entirety.

We would like to know what you think of our current regulations to ensure that they're cohesive and up-to-date for all students. During this project we want to engage with a range of students, staff and other stakeholders who can help contribute to a set of regulations that are fit for the future.

Core aims

The core aims of the project are to produce regulations that are:

  • Fair and supportive
  • Inclusive of all students
  • Clear in language and purpose
  • Easily accessible
  • Improving the student experience
  • Aligned with sector requirements and best practice

We’re excited to engage with you to co-produce the policies and regulations that will influence the student experience for the years ahead. 

Get involved

We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on the current regulations, how well they work for you and any improvements you’d like to see.

You can visit our Policies and Standards page to view all of our current regulations and then use our Google Form to tell us what you think.

Our form shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to complete and no preparation work is required to fill it out. There's no deadline for completing this form.

We're working with UPSU to finalise our plans for engaging with as many stakeholders as possible and we’ll share more details once they're available. Staff will also have the opportunity to hear more about the project at a question and answer session. More details to follow soon. 

Academic regulation areas

The Assessment Regulations Sub-Group is responsible for the regulations that underpin our student assessment processes on our taught courses. That includes the processes we operate at the University as well as those operated with our partners delivering collaborative courses in the UK and globally. The group will be considering:

  • The information provided to students prior to engaging with assessment tasks
  • How we ensure that our assessment processes and activities are inclusive for students with specific needs
  • The arrangements that apply to different types of assessment, including coursework and examinations, whether undertaken in-person or virtually
  • How we mark student work and provide feedback
  • How we confirm assessment outcomes and progression decisions through our Board processes
  • The algorithms and decision-making processes we apply to our assessment decisions to determine the award that each student receives  
  • The requirements for each of the academic awards that the University is able to confer (including minimum and maximum registration periods and credit requirements)

Chair: Lucy Horder, Acting Head of Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships

Deputy Chair: George Allison, Principal Academic Standards & Quality Officer (Regulations and Policy)

Secretary: Riz McNaught, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser


The Appeals Sub-Group is responsible for reviewing and, as far as possible, harmonising the appeals arrangements for students from application to graduation. Students wishing to appeal a decision we've made may be anxious or upset about an outcome they think is unfair. Our appeals processes therefore need to be as clear and easy to understand as possible, and ensure that students have the appropriate right to challenge our decision-making where there are grounds to do so. The group will be considering:

  • Appeals against admissions decisions 
  • Appeals against assessment decisions at all academic levels
  • Appeals against attendance-related decisions
  • Appeals against decisions taken in relation to student behaviour and well-being (including Fitness to Study and Fitness to Practice)
  • Appeals against decisions about criminal convictions relating to applicants or students
  • Appeals against decisions relating to student status

Chair: Sam Hill, Information Disclosure and Complaints Manager 

Secretary: Gemma Thompson, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser

The Disciplinaries Sub-Group is focussed on the Code of Student Behaviour. The Code sets out the framework through which the University engages with students to investigate unacceptable behaviour on and off campus, including academic offences and those relating to general student behaviour.

The Code also outlines the different disciplinary processes that apply, and through which the University sets appropriate and proportionate penalties where it's necessary to do so.  Students who have been involved in misconduct may find these types of conversations anxiety-provoking, so we must make sure that our regulations are as clear and easy to understand as possible, and ensure that students have the appropriate access to support and guidance throughout. 

The Code of Student Behaviour incorporates the arrangements for considering Fitness to Practise cases for students whose course incorporates a professional or clinical practice component. The group will also be considering the Fitness to Study Policy, which considers individual students’ capacity to engage fully with their studies in safety, and without endangering the safety or wellbeing of themselves or others.

Chair: Stephen Corbett, Head of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Deputy Chair: Jason Oakley, Head of the School of Health and Care Professions, Faculty of Science and Health

Secretary: Jo Hickley, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser

The Postgraduate Research Sub-Group is responsible for the regulations that underpin the postgraduate research student experience. That includes the specific regulations in place for the different routes through which postgraduate research students may be awarded a research degree (including PhDs by research, by publication, or through completion of a professional or integrated Doctorate). 

The group will be considering the University’s Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degrees, which sets out the overall responsibilities and expectations of all those involved in supporting admission to, and support throughout, a postgraduate research degree. It also addresses expectations around research supervision, training in the development of research skills, and progress monitoring, as well as the final submission and examination processes.

Finally, the group will also review the University’s framework for enabling postgraduate research students to benefit from working across the University and its partner organisations, or entirely off-campus, to pursue a postgraduate research degree.

Chair: Tineke Fitch, Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator, Faculty of Technology

Deputy Chair: Charlotte Boyce, Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Secretary: Laura Morley, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser

The Special Considerations Sub-Group is responsible for reviewing the regulations that apply in special or unusual circumstances to ensure that these are readily accessible and easy to navigate, particularly during times of difficulty or distress. The group will be considering:

  • How we make decisions about students with extenuating circumstances
  • How our regulations support applicants and students who disclose a disability, or who require additional support for their academic studies  
  • The regulations that apply when students are suspended or withdrawn from the University
  • How we respond when students are under arrest for a criminal offence
  • How the University responds to the death of a student

Chair: David Franklin, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Science and Health

Deputy Chair: Michelle Juchau, Principal Lecturer, Learning at Work

Secretary: Allisson Cory, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser

The remit of the Design and Accessibility Sub-Group spans the entire project, and will focus predominantly on ensuring that the presentation and organisation of the regulations produced by each of the Sub-Groups are cohesive, intuitive and accessible. The Sub-Group will be supporting colleagues across the project to adopt a common approach to use of language and writing style. They will also be exploring the availability of technological solutions that support staff and students in engaging positively with the regulations that the University publishes.

Chair: Kevin Curtis, Academic Theme Lead, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Deputy Chair: (tbc)

Secretary: Nicola Brown, Academic Standards and Quality Advisor

Project Board

The Project Board oversees the direction of the project and is the primary decision-making body in relation to draft policy changes. The Board is supported by sub-groups that focus on a particular regulation area. All policy changes will be considered and approved by the relevant University Committee. The Project Board is made up of staff from across faculties and professional services and from members of the UPSU. 

The Project Board is Chaired by Rebecca Di Pancrazio, Acting Academic Registrar and Director of the Department of Student and Academic Administration, and its Secretary is Claire Nowell, Academic Standards and Quality Adviser.