Quality Manual
   
   
  

Summary of Changes 2003 to 2006

2006

December

20 December There have been several changes to regulations governing research degree students:

• Appointment of Supervisors It has been clarified that Special Professors, Special Lecturers, recently retired staff and Emeritus Professors are not permitted to act as sole or principal supervisors but may be involved in a joint supervision arrangement as a second supervisor.

• Internal Examiners Post-doctoral staff, Research Fellows, Special Professors, Special Lecturers, Emeritus Professors and retired academic staff should not be permitted to act as Internal Examiners.

• Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning The AP(E)L policy has been revised to allow a maximum of one-third of the total number of credits for research degrees with a taught component (Professional Doctorates) to be awarded by AP(E)L. This has brought research programmes in line with the University AP(E)L policy for taught courses.

• Suspension of Study Approval must be sought from Research Degrees Committee for suspension of study for students who have already had a suspension of a year. This is on the Voluntary Suspensions of Registration page.

• Role of Vice-Deans Authority to make decisions on behalf of Research Degrees Committee is delegated to all PG Vice-Deans, regardless of whether they are members of the Committee. This is clarified in the section dealing with Compliance with the Quality Manual.

18 December The Policy on Personal and Academic Support has been reformulated and re-presented to explicitly, accurately and clearly inform students and Schools of their respective responsibilities in regard to personal and academic support. There has been no actual change to policy.

November

24 November There has been an amendment to the course approval process to clarify the requirements to seek external advice in programme design. External advice 'should' be sought when developing a new programme, and for any new programmes where more than 25% of taught modules (in credit terms) students will be required to take are new, then external advice 'must' be sought. This is in the Taught Programmes section.

24 November Guidance for Schools on Ordinary Degrees has been added to the Quality Assurance Structures section. The guidance has brought together existing policy in regard to these degrees and includes guidance on the structure of the degrees and programme specifications, transfer and progression.

6 November Following discussion at Recruitment and Admissions Committee, the minimum English Language Entry Requirements for students applying to the University of Nottingham have been streamlined in to five bands. This is in the Recruitment and Admissions section.

September

22 September The Assessment section has been revised to enable staff and students to access information more easily.

There are no changes to existing policy, but the following revisions have been made:

• The document on ‘Assessment Policies’ has been replaced by an Overview and individual documents relating to School Examination Boards, Role of the Assessment Group of Taught Courses Committee, Forms of Assessment, Retention of Assessed Work, Feedback to Students and Award of qualification

• Information relating to Marking and Grading has been brought together in one document.

• Links to a new document Guidance for Students Sitting University Examinations have been included in the Overview and Responsibilities of Students.

May 2006

31 May An E-Learning and Distance Learning Policy has been published. The policy covers educational provision leading to an award or part of an award which is delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through means which generally do not require the student to attend particular classes or events at particular times and particular locations. The policy outlines the minimum requirements that the University expects should be met by Schools when delivering this provision.

31 May The Academic Appeals Policy and Procedure has been updated to reflect the replacement of Faculty Assessment Committees by the Assessment Group of Taught Courses Committee/Research Degrees Committee.

31 May The policy on Resources and Facilities that should be made available to research degree students has been revised following consultation with Academic Boards. This is within the Research Degree Programmes section.

23 May The University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework has been modified to reduce the number of credits required for Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, and within this to reduce the number of credits that would be required at level 3. This would bring the University into line with general practice in the sector, as highlighted in the Measuring & Recording Student Achievement Steering Group.

23 May A new entry has been added which clarifies current practice for approving changes to module specifications. This is within the Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review section.

10 May An addition has been made to the guidance on Marks and Credit Transfer for Students on Placements, to clarify how the University's study regulations should be applied for students on placements. It clarifies that the student’s Learning Agreement should state the manner in which reassessment will be undertaken if a fail mark is received during a placement. This is within the Placement Learning section.

8 May New policy and procedures for the Submission and Approval of New Courses have been added to the Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review Section. This policy applies for all courses starting in 2007/08 onwards. For courses starting in 2006/07 please see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/quality-manual/taught-programmes/sub-app.htm

April 2006

28 April The Assessment Group of Taught Courses/Research Degrees Committee has revised the entry for Extenuating Circumstances. There's no change to existing policy, but the following revisions have been made:

• a clarification of policy

• the addition of examples of cases that have (and have not) traditionally been seen as 'acceptable' reasons for missing an exam.

• the way in which Schools note extenuating circumstances has been simplified

• the old extenuating circumstances form and the missed exam form have been replaced with one single form for both eventualities.

The extenuating circumstances policy is within the Assessment Section.

March 2006

31 March The Academic Offence Procedures have been revised following approval at the February 2006 meetings of Taught Courses Committee and Research Degrees Committee. The revisions allow Schools to impose a range of penalties which would previously had been the responsibility of Faculty Assessment Committees and include revisions to the powers of the Academic Offences Committee. The procedures are within the Assessment section of the Quality Manual.

31 March Regulations for the Degrees of Master of Arts by Research and Master of Science by Research have been added to the Research Degree Programmes section. These generic regulations were approved by Research Degrees Committee in February 2006 and allow for Schools to award MA/MSc by Research degrees with their own individual titles

27 March The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Fitness to Practise Committee Procedure has been added to the Study Regulations section. The procedures, which were put into effect in 1999-2000, relate to students on any course leading to a professional qualification within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

24 March Within the Study Regulations section, guidance for students wishing to change a taught course has been revised to include guidance for postgraduate taught course students.

24 March There had been a minor amendment to regulation 12 of the Regulations for Undergraduate Courses to allow supplementary regulations for Integrated Masters courses and certain Honours courses with a compulsory year away from the University to specify a higher progression average across a set of modules within a stage.

24 March The role of a professional proof reader for research theses has been defined in the Research Degree Programmes section.

February 2006

14 February Within the Students with Disabilities section, Guidelines for Schools have been added which outline the minimum requirements that Schools must satisfy to meet the needs of students with disability, as legislated for under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) 2001. It applies to overseas or EU students as well as to British students, and to those who are only taking part of a course.

10 February Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The revised Section 1 of the QAA Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education stated that “Institutional Regulations for postgraduate research degree programmes (PRPs) will be clear and readily available” (Precept 2) and accordingly at its meeting on 9 February 2006 Research Degrees Committee reviewed the clarity and format of its regulations for research students as well as for students on taught courses and approved a recommendation to introduce a new set of combined PhD and MPhil regulations with immediate effect.

The new Regulations cover both degrees of MPhil and PhD, removing the present duplication between the two sets of Regulations. In addition to the existing provisions, new material has now been added, which has the benefit of putting all the most important provisions from entries on Progression and Assessment in the Research Degree Programmes section of the Quality Manual in one place, as follows:

• A specific Regulation (3) on the issue of whether paid employment may be undertaken by full-time research students

• More detailed information in Regulations 6 to 14 about the annual review procedure (currently available in the entry entitled Student Progress and Annual Review)

• Entitlements during the Thesis-Pending Period (Regulations 16 to 18) (including information currently given in the entry entitled The Thesis-Pending Period)

• More detailed information about the submission of the thesis, e.g. the right of a student to obtain limited assistance with proof-reading

• Additional information on the examination process, including the University’s expectations of the roles to be performed by the examiners and the timing and organisation of the viva voce examination (currently contained in entries entitled Procedures for Assessment, Viva Voce Examinations and Role and Appointment of Examiners)

• Clearer instructions on the requirement to give clear and quick feedback to the candidate under the section Outcomes of the Examination; in addition, this section lays out more clearly the recommendations available to the examiners which are currently contained in two separate documents which were formerly available in the withdrawn Research Students and Supervisors Guide.

The effect of the more detailed Regulations is to put the information currently contained in two sets of Regulations and six Quality Manual entries in one six-page document, which has the advantage of ensuring students have all the important information applicable to their course in one place. The regulations are in the Study Regulations section of the Quality Manual.

January 2006

17 January The Code of Practice for Student Complaints has been revised by Student Services Committee. The Code of Practice clearly sets out the procedure to be followed by students to pursue complaints about most matters concerning both teaching & learning (e.g. teaching facilities, supervision arrangements etc) and non-academic issues (e.g. support services, accommodation etc). It includes forms which should be used by students to set out their complaints. There is also a separate procedure for Public Interest Disclosure ("whistleblowing"), to be adopted when staff (and also students and lay members of the University) wish to disclose malpractice. Both procedures can be found in the Complaints and Appeals section.

2005

December 2005

9 December Policy on allowing students to exceptionally Register for Additional Credits has been added to the Study Regulations section. The normal expectation is that registered students of the University enrol for modules in accordance with the appropriate University regulations and programme specification. Exceptionally, however, a student may be allowed to register for a maximum of 20 additional credit-bearing modules in any one academic year.

7 December An addition has been made to the Voluntary Suspensions of Registration entry to clarify the set period after initial registration within which all students are expected to complete their course. This is within the Study Regulations section.

6 December The following changes have been made to the Assessment section:

Re-Appointment of External Examiners

An amendment (highlighted in italics) has been made to the following statement: ‘No External Examiner may be re-appointed for the same or similar course within three years of finishing their previous appointment’. This modification is to allow for the possibility of an External being used for a quite different course from a previous appointment e.g. for an MSc course largely unrelated to an undergraduate course which they have examined.

Boards of Examiners’ Minutes

A sentence has been added stating: ‘Schools will be expected to use these minutes when requested by students to explain decisions made in regard to them.’ The purpose of this change is to clarify one of the functions of the minutes and to reiterate that students may have access to information about themselves contained in the minutes (as is already made clear in the entry on data protection in the Quality Manual).

Retention of Scripts

A new statement says that: ‘Schools should retain scripts until at least the end of the academic session following the session in which the examinations occurred.’ This replaces the original retention policy that: ‘Schools should retain scripts for a year after a student has graduated, (eg four years for a student on a three-year course).’ The original retention policy was based on the requirements of QAA Subject Review, which has now been discontinued. The new retention policy is commonplace at other institutions.

Instructions for the Layout and Timing of Examination Question Papers

Instructions have been added that: 'In the case of foreign language examinations the question rubric should clearly indicate which language answers should be given in.'

2 December Guidance on School responsibility for compliance with the Quality Manual, and on the role of the Academic Office in helping to interpret the Quality Manual has been added to the Quality Assurance Structures section.

November 2005

22 November Following consultation with Academic Boards and approval at Taught Courses Committee (see minutes 05/36) a Policy on Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning has been added to the Study Regulations section.

September 2005

28 September The Research Degree Programmes (RDP) section of the Quality Manual has been updated to ensure that the University's guidance complies with Section One: Postgraduate Research Programmes of the Quality Assurance Agency's Code of Practice, which was revised in late 2004. A working group of Research Degrees Committee met several times during Session 2004/5 to consider these revisions, and its recommendations were signed off by that Committee at its final meeting in 2004/5.

The main changes are:

(1) information on admissions has been taken out of the RDP section and is now included in the Recruitment and Admissions Section

(2) the Training entry now includes guidance on Induction

(3) Criteria for award of MPhil and PhD have been replaced by the M Level and D Level Descriptors where appropriate

(4) there is a new guidance on the viva voce examination

(5) the thesis-pending period extension request form has been updated

(6) references to the "Research Students & Supervisors: a Guide" have now been removed. The Guide was discontinued with effect from the start of the 2005/6 Session and its content incorporated within the Quality Manual.

August 2005

30 August The Extenuating Circumstances procedure and guidance has been updated to cover students who are unable to take examinations on a particular day during the published examination periods for reasons of religious observance (see section 4.8). These students should complete and submit the Religious Observance Form by the published deadlines. The procedure and guidance is within the Assessment section.

2 August Following consultation with Academic Boards and approval at Taught Courses Committee (see minutes 05/18) a revised Programme Specification template and accompanying guidance has been published in the Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review section of the Quality Manual. This template should be used for all new course proposals from September 2005 onwards

Taught Courses Committee (see minutes 05/19) has also approved policy providing clarification of the University policy regarding amending Programme Specifications, including which type of changes require approval by the Academic Board Programme Committees (or equivalent). This is included in the Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review section of the Quality Manual as Policy and procedure for the approval of changes to Programme Specifications.

1 August Following approval at Taught Courses Committee (see minutes 05/08) the procedure for Academic Appeals Committee and Academic Offence Committee hearings have been revised to include provision for a student representative on the panel of Academic Appeals / Offences Committees, to run for a trial period in the 2005/06 academic year. The procedures are in the Complaints and Appeals and the Assessment sections of the Quality Manual.

July 2005

27 July Revisions have been made to the procedure for the approval of collaborative provision as a result of a review of previous procedures against the revised QAA Code of Practice Section 2: Collaborative provision and flexible learning (September 2004). The revisions ensure that the requirements of the Code are being met, and also streamline the procedure in order to increase efficiency and to clarify the process. It is anticipated that this should shorten the time taken to gain approval for collaborations while at the same time reducing the administrative burden upon Schools and the Collaborative Courses Committee.

5 July At the request of Teaching Committee (see minutes), the following changes have been made to simplify the structure of the Quality Manual and bring it more into line with the QAA Code of Practice :

- Revised undergraduate and taught postgraduate regulations have been incorporated in the section on ‘Attendance and Progression’. This section has been renamed ‘Study Regulations’. The Regulations for Undergraduate Courses take effect from 2005/06 for students admitted during or after September 2004. The Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate courses take effect from 2006/07 for students admitted during or after September 2006.

- The section on ‘Student Information, Input and Feedback’ has been removed and relevant parts of it have been placed in the ‘Quality Assurance Structures’ section.

- The section on ‘Graduation’ has been removed and relevant parts of it have been placed in the ‘Assessment’ section.

- The section on ‘Staff Development’ has been removed and relevant parts of it have been placed in the ‘Quality Assurance Structures’ section.

- Material on academic offences has been relocated from ‘Complaints and Appeals’ to ‘Assessment’.

- A new section on ‘Flexible and Distributed Learning’ has been created in line with the new part of the QAA Code of Practice.

 

June 2005

30 June The award of ‘Practitioner Doctorate’ has been added to the University awards available in the University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework (UNQF).

29 June Minor changes have been made to the Council Grievance Procedure within the Complaints and Appeals section to reflect the role of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and to introduce a specified time limit of one month from an initial refusal by the Chair of the Panel, within which a student must submit a revised appeal.

March 2005

30 March Several changes have been made to the Research Students section.

The following forms have been added to the Procedures for Assessment page:

• Notification of Intention to Submit Form

• Nomination of Examiners Form

• Information for examiners, supervisors and candidates for the degree of MPhil

• Information for examiners, supervisors and candidates for the degree of PhD

• Guidelines on preparation of thesis for candidates

Research Students can now hand in their Notification of Intention to Submit Forms to Schools as well as the Registry.

The following forms have been added to the Role and appointment of examiners of research degrees page:

• Instructions for examiners:

Examination for the degree of MPhil

Examination for the Degree of PhD

February 2005

28 February A revised suspension form and a revised withdrawal form have been added to the Voluntary Suspensions of Registration page. These forms have been changed to take into account the University's responsibility to let the Home Office know when an international student suspends or withdraws. This is in the Attendance and Progression section.

25 February Two minor changes have been made to the Code of Practice on Recruitment and Admissions: A statement has been added to the Admissions Procedures section stating that applications will not be considered from candidates who have previously registered for and been unsuccessful on the same course at the University of Nottingham for which the application is being made; and a statement has been added to the Intake and Offers section regarding targets for international student intake.

11 February The Code of Research Conduct has been moved from the Guide for Research Students and Supervisors (shortly to be removed from the General Information and Regulations for Students web pages) and is now in the Research Degree Programmes section of the Quality Manual.

10 February The following changes have been made within the Assessment section of the Quality Manual:

External Examiners

The Code of Practice for External Examiners (Undergraduate & Taught Postgraduate Programmes) and the guidance on the Appointment of External Examiners have been reviewed and minor amendments, clarification and additions made to reflect the revised QAA Code of Practice on External Examiners published in August 2004.

Assessment Policies and Procedures

Minor amendments have been made to the Assessment Policies and Procedures for Students on Taught Courses section to reflect current policy and practice. Additional guidance relating to 'In-house' examinations and tests and relating to the consideration of Joint-Honours students has been added.

Overseas Resits

A formalization and strengthening of existing policy and practice relating to Overseas Resit examinations has now been included in the Quality Manual.

10 February The Examination Arrangements for Students who have a Disability, Dyslexia or Long-Term Medical Condition section has been updated to reflect deadlines for 2004/05 and minor amendments to reflect current policy and practice. This is in the Students who have a disability section of the Quality Manual.

8 February Minor revisions have been made to section 12 of the Programme Specifications Template to reflect changes in the structure (and names) of the various units in Student Services. This is in the Taught Programmes: Approval, Monitoring and Review section of the Quality Manual.

January 2005

31 January The guidance for section 15 of the Programme Specifications Template has been amended to ensure that Schools describe, for undergraduate courses, which degree class algorithm is used to convert marks to classes, where the marks boundary for identifying a candidate as borderline falls (in particular for the Upper Second/First boundary) and how the degree class of borderline candidates will be decided. For postgraduate courses Schools should describe how Merits/Distinctions etc are awarded. This is in the Taught Programmes: Approval, Monitoring and Review section of the Quality Manual.

21 January The procedure for Monitoring Research Degree Programmes has been added to the Research Degree Programmes section of the Quality Manual. It outlines the responsibilities of Schools and Research Degrees Committee in considering the Quantitative Data Set (QDS) which will be provided to Schools on an annual basis in regard to their research degree programmes.

 

2004

November 2004

26 November The University has established a University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework (UNQF) to demonstrate that our awards fit in with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This has been added to the Quality Assurance Structures section of the Quality.

12 November Guidance on the Invigilation of University Exams has been added to the Assessment section of the Quality Manual. The guidance clarifies the responsibilities of Schools in providing invigilators and clarifies who can act as an invigilator.

12 November A Framework for Professional Doctorates has been added to the Quality Assurance Structures section of the Quality Manual. The Framework outlines a general qualifications descriptor for the Professional Doctorates and provides guidance for Schools seeking to write regulations for specific Professional Doctorates.

12 November The Assessment and Progression section of the Quality Manual has been divided into two sections: an Assessment section, and an Attendance and Progression section.

2 November The 'Voluntary Suspensions of Registration' guidance has been revised, and downloadable forms which should be completed by students wishing to suspend registration (both taught and research students) have been added to the Attendance section of the Quality Manual.

2 November The 'Annual Review form for Research Students' has been revised, and a new 'Annual Review form for year three Research Students' as been added to Research Student Progress and Monitoring page of the Research Students section of the Quality Manual.

1 November The 'Protocol for granting staff members access to view marks in SATURN', has been added to the Assessment section of the Quality Manual.

1 November The 'Extenuating circumstance procedures and guidance', has been revised in the Assessment section of the Quality Manual. Section 4 now provides greater guidance on the standard of evidence that would be expected to enable the University to verify claims for extenuating circumstances.

July 2004

30 July The 'Academic Offences Policy and Procedures', has been added to the Complaints and Appeals section of the Quality Manual. This is a single policy and procedure document which replaces the Academic Offence Regulations and Academic Offences Committee procedures.

30 July A 'Code of Practice on Admissions and Recruitment ', has been added to the Quality Manual. It supersedes the previous Admissions and Recruitment section and provides guidance on admissions & recruitment policy and procedure for staff and students.

2 July The 'Code of Practice on Placement Learning ', within the Placement Learning section, has been revised to provide greater guidance to Schools and to students. It outlines the minimum requirements that University expects should be met by Schools.

2 July The 'Policy on Occasional Teachers ' has been added to the Staff Development section of the Quality Manual. This extends the Quality Manual provisions in relation to postgraduate student teachers to include other individuals engaged in teaching who are not academic members of staff of the University.

June 2004

18 June The 'Regulations governing Council Grievance Procedure' have been added to the Complaints and Appeals section of the Quality Manual. This sets out clearly the procedure for the highest level of internal complaint resolution available within the University.

April 2004

29 April The 'Student Complaints Policy and Procedure ' has been updated within the Complaints and Appeals section of the Quality Manual

14 April The 'Voluntary Suspensions of Registration' document has been updated within the Assessment & Progression section of the Quality Manual

5 April A revised Academic Appeals Policy and Procedure has been added to the Complaints and Appeals section of the Quality Manual. This is a single policy and procedure document which replaces several previous documents. This includes a revised appeal form.

March 2004

15 March A updated version of the ' Annual Report of External Examiner for a Taught Course ' has been added to the External Examiners section of the Quality Manual. 

The following two documents have been updated and now both include procedure and guidance notes: Extenuating Circumstances Form for Examinations/Assessed Coursework and Explanation for Absence from an Examination/Assessment

11 March Guidance on appropriate quantity of assessment has been updated in the 'Module Specification Template Guidance' (section 17). This can be found within the Taught Programmes section of the Quality Manual

8 March A new document ' Legibilty of work submitted for assessment' has now been added to the Assessment and Progression section of the Quality Manual.

3 March The Taught Courses Review Policy has now been updated and a new Course Review Report Template has been added within the Taught Courses section of the Quality Manual

February 2004

19 February The flow chart detailing the procedure for the introduction of a collaborative course has been updated and an additional flow chart detailing the process to receive approval for the renewal of an existing course offered in collaboration with the University of Nottingham has been added to the Collaborative Provision section of the Quality Manual

5 February The Minimum English Language Entry Requirements which was added to the Admissions section within the Quality Manual in October has now been updated.

2 February The ' notes for invigilators of University Examinations ' document has been updated within the Assessment & Progression section of the Quality Manual

January 2004

8 January The Module Specifications document has been updated within the Taught Programmes section of the Quality Manual

7 January A new document ' Attendance Procedures ' has been added to the Assessment and Progression section within the Quality Manual

2003

November 2003

19 November The Fact Sheets on Disabilities have been updated within the Students who have a Disability section of the Quality Manual

October 2003

29 October The Minimum Age of Admissions document has been updated within the Admissions section of the Quality Manual.

28 October There has been a new document added to the Students who have a Disability section of the Quality Manual. Teaching Timetable Arrangements for Students who have a Disability.

14 October There has been a new document added to the Admissions section of the Quality Manual. Minimum English Language Entry Requirements

6 October The Careers Development section within the Quality Manual has been updated.

September 2003

29 September There are two new documents which have been added to the Taught Programmes section of the Quality Manual: Submission and Approval of New Courses and Course Submission Document .

Also a revised version on 'Procedures for dealing with applicants with criminal convictions' which is in the Recruitment & Admissions part of the Quality Manual has been added.

August 2003

25 August The Guidance on completing a Programme Specification template within the Taught Courses section of the Quality Manual has been updated. 20 August There has been alot of changes to the Collaborative Courses section in the Quality Manual. Please read the section for a full update. 18 August The policy for admission of applicants under 18 years of age has been introduced from the start of the 2003/4 session following an amendment to the University's ordinance on minimum age at entry. The procedure has been introduced in order to protect the interests of applicants and the University in line with recent changes to government legislation.This policy can be found in the Recruitment and Admissions section of the Quality Manual.

June 2003

23 June Updated versions of the Dictionary and Calculator Rubics

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/quality-manual/forms/dictionary-calculator-rubrics.doc , Instructions on the layout of exam papers http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/quality-manual/forms/exam-layout-papers.doc and the examination example paper http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/quality-manual/forms/example-paper1.doc

have been put into the Quality Manual.

March 2003

31 March A new policy and form " Research Students for teaching " has been added to the Research Section of the Quality Manual. 19 March The University's Personal & Academic Student Support Policy defines minimum standards of support below which the experience of no individual student should fall. It sets out policy under four main headings - Support for Learning and Development, Support in University Residences, Specialist Services and Student Entittlements and Responsibilites.

February 2003

25 February The External Examiners report has been amended and is being operated from this session onwards in order to meet the requirements of the Cooke report.

January 2003

20 January The Degree Class Appeals procedure has been revised following the Taught Courses Committee's agreement that such appeals should come within the Academic Appeals Committee's remit, rather than being determined by the Registrar. The revision contains no changes of principle, but clarifies grounds for appeal and the procedure for obtaining "documented evidence" by the student from the Head of School. The scope has been formally extended to include taught postgraduate awards.

A revised policy on Closing or Suspending a Taught Course has been produced. This clarifies the University procedures in order to protect the interests of students, applicants and the University.

"A Working Group of Taught Courses Committee has been looking at the University's procedures for claiming extenuating circumstances. The result has been the production of Procedure and Guidance for dealing with Extenuating Circumstances for Students on Taught Courses.

There have been no changes in policy; it is an attempt rather to pull together relevant information on the procedures into one place. The one major addition is in section 4 where examples of what constitutes extenuating circumstances and appropriate documentary evidence are given. As is made clear, this list is not exhaustive and if you feel that it would be useful to add any other examples to the list, please e-mail lucy.baker@nottingham.ac.uk

 

The Extenuating Circumstances Form and Absence from Examination Form have also been updated to make them clearer. The text has been removed from the back and instead the procedural document should be issued with the forms.

Student Services

Portland Building, University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact us