When you enrol or re-register as a student with us, we ask you to confirm that you agree to follow our regulations, policies and procedures. These along with your programme details form your student contract with us.
By enrolling or re-registering with us, you are deemed to have accepted our regulations, procedures, policies and the details of your research degree.
We are committed to supporting you through your studies. To do this we have highlighted below those regulations and policies that you will be expected to follow and are the most likely to affect your studies. It is important for you to become familiar with the information below. We review our regulations annually and with any changes being highlighted.
If you would like direct support on any of the information below, you should contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org or the Student Support Team in your School. The University iPoint service can also assist you and refer you to our specialist support services including Wellbeing and Disability Services, International Office, Careers and Employability and the Student Finance Office.
A penalty applies to students who fail to re-register during the official re-registration period. If you fail to re-register by four weeks of your annual re-registration date or when you return from a period of interruption, you will lose access to the University IT Systems, including your e-mail account and may also be withdrawn.
You will get the best out of your research degree if you engage regularly with the supervision and training we provide for our postgraduate researchers, both online and on campus. If you are taking annual leave or need a break from study for any other reason, you must let us know through the correct procedures.
If you fail to engage with your supervision and research programme in the way set out in the regulations, you risk being withdrawn from the University.
The University is a community and the way you and staff interact with each other, whether in person or online, can affect our environment and your achievement. We have a Community Code of Conduct which highlights the expectations of you as a student with us. If you breach the code of conduct, you may be subject to disciplinary proceedings which could result in serious precautionary measures and serious penalties being applied.
We also have a PGR Charter that sets out the responsibilities of both you and your supervisor.
In order to comply with government guidance around the management of Covid-19, the University may need to apply social distancing and additional hygiene measures to promote the safety of students and staff. If you breach these requirements, you will be subject to disciplinary proceedings which could result in serious penalties being applied.
It is very important that you follow the Financial Regulations for students and ensure your fees are paid on time. If you do not, we may refer your debt to our external debt collectors and you may incur further charges or be withdrawn from your course.
We take research misconduct very seriously. Our Regulations for Postgraduate Research Students contains our rules on how we expect you to behave when you are conducting your research and being examined or assessed. It also sets out the consequences if you breach our research conduct regulations.
We understand that sometimes your performance will be affected by things outside of your control. Our regulations contain the procedures you must follow if you need to interrupt your studies or require additional time to complete an examination or assessment. You may also completely withdraw from your studies.
We have strict policies and procedures in place to ensure that decisions about student progression, assessment and award are made in a way which is fair and equitable. If you believe you have been unfairly assessed, then you may submit an appeal.
As part of our commitment to you, we recognise that there may be occasions where you may have a valid complaint.
In addition to the regulations referred to above, you should familiarise yourself with the following policies, which all apply to your studies at the University: