Changes for 2017/18 Academic Year
General Editorial and Formatting Changes
Addition of internal and external hyperlinks to improve navigation within all regulatory documents.
Introduction of the MPhys award.
Addition of Chapter 5: Recognition of Prior Learning, relocated from the previous Assessment Regulations and Policies document.
Award listings that include a compulsory placement year, study abroad, or language placement have had their terminology standardised to ‘with Placement Year’.
Pass Degree qualifications have been clarified to confirm that the awards are made with Honours, and may be awarded as an exit award for Integrated Masters Programmes prior to the commencement of Level 7 study:
A student who has followed an approved programme leading to a degree with Honours, but who fails to reach at least a 3rd Class Honours standard, may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, be awarded a Pass Degree; provided that they have achieved a minimum of 320 credits for a full-time degree, or 440 credits for a sandwich/language degree overall. There shall be no Pass Degree for programmes leading to an Integrated Master’s Degree, however a Pass Degree may be awarded as an exit award prior to commencement of Level 7 study.
Amended Regulations 2.3.3, 2.5.2 and 2.5.3, regarding External Examiner oversight and attendance as follows:
2.3.3. All University Boards of Examiners with External Examiners as part of the Board membership will request that the External Examiners endorse the decisions of the Board and the conduct of assessment processes. All Board minutes must explicitly record the views of each of the External Examiners.
2.5.2.External Examiners appointed to programmes are expected to attend final Programme Boards where degree classifications for the graduating cohorts are discussed and approved. External Examiners appointed to individual modules are expected to attend Module Boards where those marks contribute to the final Stage of an award.
2.5.3. If, due to unforeseen circumstances an External Examiner is unable to attend the meeting of the Board of Examiners they should, wherever possible, be available for consultation at the time the Board is held (e.g. by telephone). Under exceptional circumstances, for example serious illness of an External Examiner, Schools may request that the Regulation Sub-Committee waive the attendance requirement (Regulation 8.3.1 Waivers of Regulations).
Regulation 10.1.1 and 10.1.2, regarding the Abandonment of Examinations, have been conflated and amended to reflect current University Guidance to Schools on the Abandonment or Assessments.
Regulation 7.6, regarding degree calculations for students with ‘unspent’ exceptional circumstances has undergone significant changes to allow Boards of Examiners to better consider the promotion of students with unspent exceptional circumstances.
If a candidate has ‘unspent’ Exceptional Circumstances and there is evidence that their performance has been affected in these modules compared to performance elsewhere in their profile, the Board of Examiners may decide to exclude a maximum of 40 credits of final year modules affected by unspent Exceptional Circumstances from the degree classification calculation for the candidate, taking into account the learning outcomes of the programme.
Regulation 10.3 has been removed, as publishing of an alphabetical list of degree awards does not reflect current University practice.
Any final award, including the degree classification of a student, is regarded as public information and may be published by the University in any form and released to enquirers on request. The results of students who have been recommended for an award shall be published in a list drawn up in alphabetical order by student name.
A student may begin their dissertation stage prior to receiving confirmation of all taught stage results, but may be required to cease work on their dissertation subject to a formal academic progress review meeting, to be held at the end of their taught study, at which point the following options become available: The Board of Examiners may allow a student to continue with the dissertation stage trailing a maximum of 30 taught credits. A student who is found to have failed more than 30, but no more than 60 taught credits will be required to either: Cease work on their dissertation stage and complete referrals of all failed taught modules prior to recommencing their dissertation stage, or, Continue their dissertation stage to completion, and subsequently complete referrals of all failed taught modules at the next available appropriate opportunity following the completion of their dissertation stage. Where both of the above options are deemed equally appropriate in a particular case, the decision on which of the above options will apply will be made in consultation between the Board of Examiners, Programme Director, and the student concerned.
A student may begin their dissertation stage prior to receiving confirmation of all taught stage results, but may be required to cease work on their dissertation subject to a formal academic progress review meeting, to be held at the end of their taught study, at which point the following options become available:
Amendment to Regulation 8.6, regarding treatment of ‘unspent’ exceptional circumstances. Regulations allowing Boards of Examiners to ‘widen the borderline’ where a student has unspent exceptional circumstances has been removed and replaced with a regulation to enable Boards of Examiners to exclude up to 40 taught credits of final year modules from degree calculations that are affected by unspent exceptional circumstances:
If a candidate has ‘unspent’ Exceptional Circumstances and there is evidence that their performance has been affected in these modules compared to performance elsewhere in their profile, the Board of Examiners may decide to exclude a maximum of 40 Taught Stage credits of modules affected by unspent Exceptional Circumstances from the degree classification calculation for the candidate, taking into account the learning outcomes of the programme.
The wording of Regulations 10.3, 10.4 and 10.6, regarding Masters awards ‘with distinction’ or ‘with merit’, has been amended to better define the margins within which students are eligible for promotion:
10.3. The margin within which candidates are eligible for promotion for a Master’s programme of 180 credits is 0.5% or less below a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade boundary. Students within 0.5% of a Pass boundary will be promoted automatically.
10.4. Master’s may be awarded ‘with Distinction’ or ‘with merit’:
10.6. The margin within which candidates are eligible for promotion for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes is 0.5% below a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade boundary. Students within 0.5% of a boundary will be promoted automatically.
Regulation 41: At the end of the examination, the Invigilator shall remind the candidate that a report will be made to the University Disciplinary Officer (acting as nominee of the University’s Chief of Operations and Estates). The candidate should also be informed that he or she should see the Academic Registrar as soon as possible.
Where the University considers it possible that a criminal offence has been committed the University Disciplinary Procedures will not be used as an alternative to criminal proceedings.
Aston Student Code of Conduct
Precautionary Exclusion Risk Assessment Form – Student Discipline
Precautionary Exclusion Risk Assessment Form – Fitness to Practise/Fitness to Study
Changes approved by Senate for 2011-12 onwards
What's new for students 2016-17
What's new for students 2014-15
What's new for students 2013-14
What's new for students 2012-13 What's new for students 2011-12
Changes before 2011-12
Changes approved by Senate before 2011-12
What's new in General Regulations 2009 | 2010 What's New in Examination and Assessment Regulations 2009 | 2010 What's new in regulations on student discipline 2010