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Academic Progression and Award Regulations FAQs

Q.  Why have changes been made to the regulations?

A. The new regulations have been designed to be fair and consistent for all undergraduate students of the University and bring an end to the complex and variable regulations that existed.  We want regulations to be clear to understand so that all undergraduates can easily see what they need to do to succeed. Changes which have been made mean that you’ll be treated fairly in comparison to students on the same programme of study as you, other students at the University of Nottingham, and students at other peer (Russell Group) institutions in the sector.  How your classification is determined won’t vary between discipline at UoN except where this arises from applying other APAR principles e.g. to meet requirements from subject specific Professional Bodies (e.g the General Medical Council). The acronym PSRB is used to refer to the requirements that these bodies state must be completed in order to practice and may mean that there is a very specific exemption from the University’ regulations.

Q.  I’m a postgraduate taught student, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  These changes don’t apply to you at present. The changes being implemented for 2015/16 relate to Undergraduate programmes and regulations.  However, again with a view to fairness and consistency, a similar consideration is being given to progression and award regulations relating to postgraduate taught students and proposals relating to changes will be put to relevant University Committees in 2015/16.   If approved, they will not take effect until 2016/17.

Q. This isn’t what my School Handbook says – which information is correct?

A. These changes are beneficial to students and the Student Union have been fully involved in the decision making process. The information on the webpage only in relating to the relevant regulations over-rides the information in your 2015/16 School Handbook – but solely where it related to regulations.  These changes were approved for implementation after Handbooks had been printed. 

Q. I’m in my first year in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  Unless there is a PSRB requirement which permits an exemption (check with your School if you are not sure whether your programme is covered by PSRB requirements), the new regulations will apply to you and your final award will be made in line with the regulations which come in from September 2015.

Q.  I’m going in to Part I in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  Unless there is a PSRB requirement which permits an exemption (check with your School if you are not sure whether your programme is covered by PSRB requirements), the new regulations will apply to you and your final award will be made in line with the regulations which come in from September 2015.

Q.  I’m going in to Part II on a three year undergraduate programme in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  However, the University has decided that a dual process of calculating results will be applied and if their application would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes in terms of your degree classification.

Q.  I was in Part I in 2014/15 but I am on a year abroad this year, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  However, the University has decided that a dual process of calculating results will be applied and  if their application would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes in terms of your degree classification.

 Q.  I’ve voluntarily interrupted study in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  This depends on which stage of your programme you are currently on.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  If you are entering Part I in 2016/17 the new regulations will apply to you.  If you enter Part II or III in 2016/17, where the application of the new regulations would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes.

Q.  I’m going in to Part II on a four year undergraduate programme in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  However, the University has decided that a dual process of calculating results will be applied and if their application would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes in terms of your degree classification.

Q.  I’m going in to Part III on a four year undergraduate programme in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  However, the University has decided that a dual process of calculating results will be applied and if their application would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes in terms of your degree classification.

Q.  I’m taking reassessments in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  This depends on which stage of your programme you are currently on.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  If you are entering Part I in 2016/17 the new regulations will apply to you.  If you enter Part II or III in 2016/17, where the application of the new regulations would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes.

The exception to this would be if you fail to progress at the end of 2015/2016 where transfer to an Ordinary degree is no longer an option.  In those circumstances, your School may offer you an exceptional second resit.

Q.  I’m repeating study as first sits in 2015/16, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  This depends on which stage of your programme you are currently on.  The new regulations come in from September 2015 for students entering Qualifying year or Part I in 2015/16.  If you are entering Part I in 2016/17 the new regulations will apply to you.  If you enter Part II or III in 2016/17, where the application of the new regulations would benefit you, this will be considered alongside the regulations applying when you began your programme of study and you will be given the better of the two academic outcomes.

Q.  I’ve been transferred to an Ordinary degree, what do the changes mean for me?

A.  You will continue on your Ordinary degree to completion subject to satisfactory progression.

Q.  What happens if I fail to progress at the end of the 2015/16 academic year?

A.  The progression regulations in the Undergraduate regulations will be applied and where you meet the criteria reassessment opportunities will be offered to you.

Please ensure that if the above FAQS do not resolve you query, you contact your School/Department for clarification.

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