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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. The Terms and Conditions also explain which documents form the contract you will be entering with the University.

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.

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the 2020/21 academic year the University has issued a Pledge which sets out the arrangements for teaching, academic and social opportunities, individual support, safety measures and mental health and wellbeing to ensure the safety of staff and students.  Details of the Pledge can be found here.

Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.  Further information will be provided on the Student Information section of the University’s website as soon as it becomes available. 

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 2021/22

Please note that the Academic Regulations and the policies and procedures below may be subject to some revision. In the event that any changes are made, updates will be published on this page. Where necessary, further communications with applicants and students will follow.

Academic policies

Tuition Fee/Finance policies

Student Governance procedures

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  • 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.
  • 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.

General

Accommodation

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 2020/21

Please note that the Academic Regulations and the policies and procedures below may be subject to some revision. In the event that any changes are made, updates will be published on this page. Where necessary, further communications with applicants and students will follow.

Student disciplinary procedure

This procedure was updated in September 2020 following the introduction of the Academic Misconduct Procedure. The Student Disciplinary Procedure now only deals with “general misconduct” and no longer covers academic misconduct.

Academic misconduct procedure

The University introduced a new Academic Misconduct Procedure for the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year (effective from 21 September 2020) and it is designed to support students in developing academic integrity and in understanding where action they take might compromise that integrity. The Procedure sets out the process the University will follow and the penalties we may apply, in cases where we believe a student may have compromised their academic integrity by committing academic misconduct. Academic misconduct was previously dealt with under the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Academic policies

Tuition Fee/Finance policies

Student Governance procedures

IT

Library

  • 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.
  • 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.

General

Accommodation

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 2019/20

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.

Academic policies

Tuition Fee/Finance policies

Student Governance procedures

IT

Library

Please note for 2019/20 a number of changes have been made to the Library Rules and Regulations. The key changes are:

  • 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.
  • 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.

General

Accommodation

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

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