The Student Contract

Our responsibilities

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Our responsibilities to you include legal obligations under consumer law, which include making sure you can easily find important information about:

  • The University
  • Your course
  • Other aspects of University life.

When you accept an offer of a place, you enter into a contract with the University which includes obligations on both sides. The main terms you need to be aware of are set out in the Terms and Conditions which are available below.

Your responsibilities as a student include:

  • Attending the University and engaging fully with your studies whether in a formal teaching environment, in group work with your peers or in self-directed study
  • Following the rules, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to you as a student (the Academic Regulations and other relevant policies and procedures).
  • Paying your fees.

Academic Regulations and other relevant policies and procedures

The Academic Regulations and other policies and procedures below will apply to you as a student. It is important that you are aware of them and understand their relevance to you. Please note that there may be additional policies that will apply to you which are specific to your Faculty or School.

Our policies are checked and reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), an independent body set up to safeguard quality and standards in UK higher education.

Academic Regulations and other relevant policies and procedures

Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures 2019/20

Summary of the University Regulations

A summary of changes to the University Regulations 2019/20 will be available shortly.

Please note that these policies and procedures will remain in force in 2019/20 until such time as they are revised. In the event any changes are made, the changes will be published on this page.

Tuition Fee/Finance policies

Please note that the Fees Policies are currently being revised and will be finalised and uploaded onto this web page shortly. Communications about the changes will follow.

Refund and Compensation policy for course closures - See Annex 1 to Student Protection Plan


Copyright and file sharing policy

Information Security policy

Computer Systems and Networks policy

Guidance Notes for the Use of Computer Systems and Networks

Conditions of Use of the Automated Laptop Loan Service

Rules and Regulations


Library Rules and Regulations

Please note for 2019/20 the Library Rules and Regulations have been amended as follows:

2.1.1 Anyone whose card has been retained because it has been used by someone else to gain access to University buildings will need to re-claim their card from Security, not the Library.

2.2.1 A new Wi-Fi service has been introduced, and this is available to any visitor to the University. This means that the exclusion from Wi-Fi access no longer exists.

6.1.2 Clarity has been provided that not all bands of SCONUL users are entitled to borrow books. Bands A, B and C may borrow up to 4 items at a time, but B and R borrowing is for reference only.

10.1 Clarity has been provided that the University holds a licence from the Copyright Licencing Agency, which dictates the photocopying terms that are posted by each MFD. This is in addition to a general duty to abide by current Copyright Acts.


Where students wish to reside in University accommodation, they are required to enter into a separate contract (a licence) with the University. The licence and further information can be found here. Please note this contract only applies to University managed accommodation namely University Locks for 2019/20. Other providers and private landlords will have their own separate terms and conditions which students should consider carefully before accepting. Students are advised to obtain independent legal advice before signing any legally binding agreements.

Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures 2018/19

Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures 2017/18