Introduction

This page provides a list of the Academic Policies, Procedures and Guidance. The policies, procedures and guidance are organised by the topics listed below. Further information can be obtained by emailing educationenhancement-quality@strath.ac.uk or by following the links on the right hand side of this page.

UK Quality Code for Higher Education

All of the University’s academic policies, procedures and guidance must align with the Quality Assurance Agency’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education which is used to assure the standards and quality of higher education in the UK. 

Cycle of Reviews

The University aims to review its academic policies, procedures and guidance every 3 years to ensure they remain compliant with the UK Quality Code for HE or other external drivers and that they remain consistent with the strategic direction of the University. The academic policies, procedures and guidance should also be reviewed in light of any organisational changes that will impact the terms referenced throughout the documents for example changes to function names or staff job titles. 

The Admissions Policy underpins the University’s approach to the admission of all students, to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and aims to provide clear detail on the key principles that guide this approach. This policy also covers the University’s Clearing Policy, Dealing with Applications from Students with Criminal Convictions, Provision of Feedback to Unsuccessful Applicants and the Policy and Procedure on the Widening Participation Policy in the Context of Admissions.

This section also provides the Policy on Operating Tier 4 of the Points Based System for Immigration and the Procedure for Admitting and Monitoring Students within Tier 4 of the Points Based System for Immigration.

Admissions Policy


Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

This section provides the various procedures and guidelines required to deal with Personal Circumstances and Academic Appeals.

Personal Circumstances & Academic Appeals

This section contains the Assessment and Feedback Policy which comprises the four assessment and feedback principles. This section also contains the Assessment and Feedback Procedures which are underpinned by a suite of additional policies and guidelines which are all listed here. Guidance for External Examiners of Taught Courses can also be found in this section as well as the Policy and Procedure for Awarding Aegrotat and Posthumous Degrees.

Assessment and Feedback Policy (pdf)

Policy on Compensation Scheme (pdf) 

Procedure and Guidelines for External Examiners of Taught Programmes (pdf)

Policy on Honours Classification and Other Award Rankings (pdf)

Guidance on Marking Assessments in UG and PG Taught Courses (pdf)

Policy on Motivational Merit and Distinction (pdf)

Guidance on Providing Feedback to Large Classes

Policy for Flexible Learning Arrangements (pdf)

Policy on Invigilation of Examinations

Guidelines for the Use of Computers in Examinations

Guidelines for the Use of Turnitin

Guidelines for pre-recorded audio and video teaching materials 

 

Policy and Procedure for Late Submission of Coursework (pdf)

Policy on Moderation and Double Marking

Policy and Procedure on Extensions to Coursework Submission (pdf)

Procedures for Preparing and Conducting Examinations

Procedures for Returning Marks and Disseminating Results (pdf)

Policy and Procedure for Awarding Aegrotat and Posthumous Degrees

Student Module Evaluation Policy

Student Module Evaluation Procedures

Learning Analytics Policy

 

This section contains the Policy on Collaborative Provision Leading to Awards or Joint Awards. This policy contains links to useful guidance for staff on drawing up a collaborative agreement as well as a glossary of terms. A Policy and Code of Practice on Flexible and Distributed Student Learning can also be found here.

Policy and Code of Practice on Collaborative Education Provision  

Policy for Flexible and Distributed Learning (including e-learning)

Policy for Flexible Learning Arrangements

Policy for Student Mobility

This section contains the Policy and Procedure on Programme and Module Approval which provides, among other things, timelines for providing details of new courses or major amendments to existing courses to Senate and the Academic Regulations Review Group (ARRG). The Policy and Procedures also provide a useful flowchart of the new course proposal process.

Policy and Procedure on Programme and Module Approval

Guidance for the Completion of Programme Specifications

Completion of Programme Specifications Template

This section provides the Policy on Careers Education, Information and Guidance which offers information on the role of the Careers Service within the University.

Policy on Careers Education, Information and Guidance

Policy and Procedures on Students' External Engagement

The University’s Disability Policy can be found here. Reference should also be made to the University's Dignity and Respect web pages http://www.strath.ac.uk/equalitydiversity/dignityandrespect/ which contains the University's Dignity and Respect Policy.

Disability Policy (pdf)

This section provides outlines the suite of activities to review academic provision and practices, including the Internal Review Framework.

Internal Review Framework

Quinquennial Review of Academic Provision

Thematic Review Policy and Procedure

Policy on Faculty Annual Reports

This section provides Guidance on Charging for Course Materials, guidance on the content for departmental/ School handbooks, the Students' Representation Policy and Guidance for students and staff on student maternity, maternity/ paternity support and adoption. The Procedure for the Creation and Amendment of Prizes can also be found here. 

Guidance on Charging for Course Materials (pdf)

Guidelines for Programme Handbooks  

Student Academic Representation Policy

Guidance for students and staff on student maternity    

Policy on Approval of Major Initiatives

Procedure for the Creation and Amendment of Prizes

Student Guidance on the Use of Social Media and VLEs (pdf) 

Procedure for Awarding Aegrotat and Posthumous Degrees

Aegrotat Award Form

Posthumous Award Form

Students needing to interrupt their studies may apply to go into voluntary suspension. Find more information about applying for voluntary suspension.

This policy sets out the agreed principles for the structure of the academic year, the teaching calendar, the relationship with operational timetabling procedures and the responsibilities of staff and students to ensure the effective operation of the teaching calendar. 

Policy on the Academic Year and Teaching Calendar