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The Calendar is the definitive source of regulations for the University. Section IV of the Calendar contains the General Information and Regulations. Section V contains the Higher Degree Regulations. Sections VI to XIII detail the Academic Regulations at programme level. These are often know as Assessment Regulations or Programme Regulations too.  This section of the handbook describes the process for requesting exemption or variation from the University regulations.


Exemptions: An exemption to the regulations must be approved by AQSC and is classed as where the particular section of the regulations cannot be achieved and entirely separate regulations are required. These may be due to meet the stipulations of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs), where there are funding or fitness to practise conditions or legislative requirements in another country for a programme delivered under the University's Collaborative Provision Policy.

Variations: A variation to the regulations must be reported to AQSC and is classed as where a programme has specific variation requirements, or where for professional standards, they require a slight variance from the regulations. The most common of these is a variation to the pass marks of modules and parts of programmes.

Minor Update: Minor updates to programmes are carried out on an annual basis as a result of the annual updating of programme documentation.

Programme Regulations Scrutiny Group

The programme regulations scrutiny group meets annually to consider requests for exemption/variation from the University Regulations. Consideration of exemptions and variations from the University regulations needs to be undertaken early enough in the academic year to allow for the updating of the Calendar before the start of the next academic year.

Normal timescales suggest that consideration of academic regulations should take place in Schools (via the SPC) in April. The programme regulations scrutiny group will meet in May and report to the May AQSC and June Senate.

The programme regulations scrutiny group is chaired by a nominee of the Vice President (Education) and supported by QSAT.  The programme regulations scrutiny group makes recommendations to AQSC.

PGR Regulations are submitted to the PGR QME Sub-committee which makes recommendations to AQSC.

The programme regulations scrutiny group does not review University regulations that feature in section IV or V of the Calendar.

Academic Regulations Templates and process overview

The templates below are for taught and PGR programmes.


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