Academic Regulation on Academic Progress
The Academic Regulation on Academic Progress provides information as of the start of the 2020/21 academic year. Where a student may not be able to attend timetabled (face-to-face) teaching activities they are still expected to engage fully with online resources. The requirement to submit work includes e-submission of coursework and assignments, and all examinations, including online examinations and alternative methods of assessment.
1. A student is permitted to proceed with his or her approved course of study only if he or she maintains acceptable progress as evidenced by attendance at classes, satisfactory performance in assessments and the proper completion of such other work as may be allotted to the student.
2. Faculty Pro vice-Chancellors (or deputised authority) shall have power to recommend that a student, whose academic performance is unsatisfactory, should be excluded from University either temporarily or permanently.
3. Such requirements may be either absolute or conditional on the student in question failing to comply with a requirement relating to their studies which has been imposed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor (or deputised authority).
4. UNDERGRADUATE AND TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH THEIR STUDIES AND/OR SUBMISSION OF WORK
4.1 The University requires students to engage with all scheduled activities and materials made available through the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) and Lecture Capture (Panopto). These shall include but shall not be limited to lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutorials. The University may also require students to comply with additional attendance requirements to enable the University to comply with external agencies. Fraudulent use of attendance and/or engagement monitoring systems could lead to disciplinary action under the Rules and Regulations for Students.
4.2 At the start of each session, Faculties shall inform students taking their modules of University requirements for academic engagement and submission of work, and any additional Faculty specific requirements. Students should ensure that they understand these requirements fully. Where a student is identified as failing to meet the requirements for academic engagements and/or submission of work, the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor (or deputised authority), should interview the student and undertake such other formal consultation as he or she considers necessary.
4.3 If after interviewing the student and after any appropriate consultation no satisfactory explanation has emerged, the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor (or deputised authority) should issue a formal warning that unless the student’s progress improves he or she will be excluded from University either temporarily or permanently.
4.4 In the event that the student’s progress does not improve, or if the student fails to attend an interview, the Faculty Pro Vice-chancellor shall submit a report to the Director, Academic Registry recommending that the student is excluded from University either temporarily or permanently. The Director, Academic Registry shall verify that this regulation and the guidance contained in Academic Quality Handbook have been followed and then shall issue formal notification to the student of permanent or temporary exclusion.
4.5 A student whose progress is identified as unsatisfactory during the third term shall be interviewed as in 4.2 above. Such a student shall not be excluded at that time, but shall be informed that the relevant Examining Boards at the end of the session shall take unsatisfactory progress into account and may decide that the student should not be allowed to return to University.
4.6 The Faculty will inform the Acadmic Registry of its decisions in every case. The Director, Academic Registry will inform the student in writing within five working days of a decision to exclude and of the student’s right to an appeal.
4.7 The student has 10 working days in which to submit an appeal. A copy of the academic appeal procedures can be found at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/academic-registry/handbook/appeals/)
5. RESEARCH POSTGRADUATES
5.1 A research postgraduate student is permitted to proceed with his or her approved course of study only if he or she maintains satisfactory progress in relation to the programme of work and the timetable agreed by the supervisor(s) including the submission of written drafts within agreed periods of time.
5.2 The Head of the Graduate School, on the recommendation of the Faculty/Department Research Monitoring Committee, shall have the power to require a student whose academic performance is inadequate to be:
5.2.1 prevented from proceeding from the probationary period;
5.2.2 not allowed to proceed to the next year of research;
5.2.3 not permitted to upgrade from a Research Master's to a Doctorate;
5.2.4 downgraded from a Doctorate to a Research Master's.
5.2.5 Excluded from the University.
5.3 Such requirements may be either absolute or conditional on the student in question failing to comply with a requirement relating to his or her studies which has been imposed by the Research Monitoring Committee.
5.4 The Director, Academic Registry, will inform the student in writing within five days of such decisions, and of the student’s right to an appeal.
5.5 A student has 10 working days from the date of the letter in which to formally request a Review against a decision by a Research Monitoring Committee. A copy of the academic appeal procedures can be found at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/academic-registry/handbook/appeals/)
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