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Academic appeals

Provided you have grounds, you may appeal any academic decision made by the University, with the exception of the exclusions specified in Section A paragraph 5 of the University’s Regulations Governing Academic Appeals by Students. These Regulations outline the policy and procedure that should be followed should you wish to make an academic appeal. Research students are advised to consult with the Students’ Union Advice Centre, which can provide free, independent and confidential advice as well as representation in such matters.

Student complaints

The Regulations Governing Student Complaints sets out the process that should be followed should you wish to raise a complaint about a matter relating to either the facilities and services provided by the University, its academic programmes, and the conduct of University staff, and which has materially affected you. Research students can obtain free, independent and confidential advice about submitting a complaint from the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

Dignity at work and study

The University's Dignity at Work and Study Policy applies to the conduct of staff and students, in the context of their University work of study, or which otherwise affects the working, learning or social environment of the University.  Fair criticism of staff or student performance or conduct will not be considered to be bullying or harassment provided that those involved are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. 

Any allegation of harassment, bullying or victimisation will be treated seriously, regardless of the seniority of those involved, and anyone found to have behaved unacceptably may be the subject of disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion.


Equality and diversity

The Equality objectives are designed to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion across the University, and reflect the wide-range of work undertaken in this area. Equality objectives will continue to be formulated to ensure that the aims of the University Strategy are achieved in a way that includes all individuals: staff, students and visitors from all backgrounds.


Athena SWAN

The University of Southampton is a founding signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter and has held a Silver Athena SWAN Award since 2016. As a signatory, we recognise the specific challenges that affect men and women in academic careers, which leads to fewer women at senior levels of higher education. We are committed to addressing these issues, to maximise the potential of all our people. Several faculties and schools hold awards, and have action plans to improve the inclusivity of their teaching programmes and research disciplines.


Data protection

The University will aim to ensure that all information stored is as accurate as possible, kept up to date; and safeguarded from unlawful disclosure. Within the constraints of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Faculty will not release information to family members, prospective employers or other universities without your consent.


Non-academic Misconduct

As members of the University community, all students are expected to conduct themselves with due regard for its good name and reputation and are required to comply with the University's Regulations at all times. Any allegation of misconduct will be considered within the Student Non-academic Misconduct Regulations, in accordance with the evidence and circumstances presented. Information for students on non-academic misconduct is available from the Student and Academic Administration webpages.



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