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2.1: Admissions

The purpose of the admissions Code of Practice is to set the standard and framework by which decisions will be taken on applications for all taught courses, regardless of route of entry, fee status or location of delivery. The equivalent regulations for Research awards can be found at section 2.10 Research Awards.

2.2: Education and Assessment

In this Code of Practice you will find information about our University’s approach to Education and Assessment of students, including:

  • basic concepts and definitions of aspects of our university’s approach to learning, teaching and assessment
  • general course aims and learning outcomes
  • the learning environment
  • assessment strategies and marking and moderation
  • assessment arrangements for Leeds Beckett University students studying in other institutions and assessment arrangements for disabled students.
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2.3: Progression and Award

In this Code of Practice you will find our University’s criteria for progression and conferment of award including re-assessments, repeating, honours degree classifications and contained awards. These regulations apply to all courses in the University unless specific permission for variation has been granted.

2.4: Examinations

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to outline what is required of staff acting as invigilators and students engaged in written examinations, which are part of the assessment contributing to an award of the University. This section refers to the timetabling, invigilation, security and confidentiality of written examinations and the conduct and responsibilities of students when undertaking a written examination.

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2.5: Boards of Examiners and Examination Committees

The purpose of the Board of Examiners is to reach decisions on students’ suitability for progression or award by:

  • achieving the standard required for the award and;
  • having fulfilled the objectives and requirements of the course of study.

This Code of Practice explains the requirement and operation for a Board of Examiners, including Examination Committee, for every course leading to an award of the University.

2.6: Disabled Students

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to outline the processes by which students declare a disability to our University, the responsibilities of students and the University and the way in which our University responds.

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2.7 Extenuating Circumstances and Mitigation

This Code of Practice sets out students’ and staff roles and responsibilities in the Extenuating Circumstances and Mitigation process, how the University will deal with student requests, and possible outcomes of the process.

2.8: Academic Appeals

This Code of Practice for academic appeals from taught students makes provision for students who have valid grounds to appeal against the decision of Boards of Examiners, Examination Committees, Research Degrees Sub-Committee or Academic Integrity Board. The section sets out students’ rights and responsibilities in the appeal process, how the University will deal with student requests for an appeal hearing, and possible outcomes of the process.

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2.9: Academic Integrity

In this Code of Practice you will find our University’s approach to maintaining the academic integrity of its awards and safeguarding against unfair practice. The regulations include examples of unfair practice, our processes for investigation and determination of penalty where an offence has been admitted or found.

The University operates an Academic Integrity Board to consider admitted or found cases of unfair practice across the institution for all taught awards. The Research Degrees Sub-committee considers all admitted or found cases of unfair practice for research awards.

2.10: Research Awards

This Code of Practice covers all aspects of regulatory requirements for the research awards of the University. These include; Masters by Research (MRes), Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy by Existing Published Work (PhD) and all Professional Doctorates and Higher Doctorates. The Code of Practice provides clear, robust and effective regulatory guidance and conditions that apply to research awards throughout the period of study.

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