The Senate Regulations and Special Cases Committee has responsibility for regulations, codes of practice and other documents. All of these documents, unless stated otherwise, are part of the University's quality assurance procedures and represent its QA manual. Any comments about the regulations, codes of practice, or other documents should be sent to the Senior Compliance and Regulations Officer, Steve Barnard (

For an introduction to the University's QA procedures please click here

Types of Documents – A Guide for Students

The most important documents with information about your studies are:

For all students:

The General Regulations (Regulation 13)

Code of Student Conduct

Ordinance on Student Discipline

For undergraduate and postgraduate students on taught programmes:

The Regulations for Taught Programmes (Regulation 01)

For postgraduate research students:

Regulations for Postgraduate Research Programmes (Regulation 03)

There are additional documents that sit alongside these regulations to provide more information. Each one has a slightly different purpose depending on what you are looking for. For example:

  • If you want to know about how the University manages your academic experience, then you can read the Codes of Practice.
  • If you want to make a complaint or send an appeal then you will need to read the Procedures.

Here is a brief description of the different types of documents.


Regulations answer the question What should be done?

Regulations provide you with information about how the University manages its courses and student admissions. They also explain how the University awards degrees and other qualifications. Regulations also tell you what you can expect from the University and what the University expects from you. To see the University’s Regulations, click here.

Codes of Practice

Codes of Practice answer the questions How should it be done? And Who should do it?

Codes of Practice provide information on how things should be run and dealt with throughout the University. The Codes help staff and students to understand how to follow the University’s processes. They also provide University staff with instructions on creating and changing programmes and modules. There are also Codes with students’ rights – for example, the right to complain and the rights of disabled students. Codes of Practice also describe the support you can expect from your Personal Tutor. The Codes of Practice are there to make sure that all students have a similar experience, regardless of what subject they are studying. To see the University’s Codes of Practice, click here.


Procedures answer the question What are the step-by-step instructions?

Procedures provide detailed instructions on how to respond to requests by students. For example, if you wanted to take time out because of illness or wanted to complain. There is also a procedure to deal with cheating by students, with its own appeal process if you think that you have been unfairly punished. To see the University’s Procedures, click here.


Regulations answer the question What should be done?

Guidelines give a recommended approach for doing something. To see the University’s Guidelines, click here.