Academic Policies & Procedures
This page provides a list of the Academic Policies, Procedures and Guidance for staff. A policies and procedures web page for students can be found at http://www.strath.ac.uk/sees/studentpolicies/. The policies, procedures and guidance are organised by the topics listed below. Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by following the links on the right hand side of this page.
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.
This section provides the various procedures and guidelines required to deal with student appeals and discipline, including Personal Circumstances and the Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures.
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.
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.
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.
This section provides the Policy on Careers Education, Information and Guidance which offers information on the role of the Careers Service within the University.
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.
This section provides the University Policy and Procedures on Departmental Reviews. Institution-led reviews within all Faculties is an holistic one in which Learning and Teaching, Research, Management and the interactions between them are given full consideration. Guidance is also provided on the contents of the self-assessment document.
The Internal Review Policy, Procedure and Guidelines combines the following: the Policy and Procedures on Departmental Review; the Policy and Procedures on the Internal Review of Learning and Teaching; and, the Policy on the Role, Selection and Briefing of Student Members of the Review Team.
In addition, this section contains the Institution-Led Review: Thematic Review of Student-facing Professional Services Policy and Procedure.
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.
This section provides a range of policies and guidelines relating to students conducting research within the University. Reference should also be made to the University's Research and Knowledge Exchange Services web pages http://www.strath.ac.uk/rkes/ and the University Ethics Committee web page http://www.strath.ac.uk/ethics/.
Students needing to interrupt their studies may apply to go into voluntary suspension. In allowing any student to enter voluntary suspension the guiding principle is that the student must, on exiting voluntary suspension, be able to resume studies and complete their course as if their studies had been uninterrupted.
The maximum period of voluntary suspension approved at any one time will be one complete academic session. Under exceptional circumstances, voluntary suspension may be renewed for one further session.
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.