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The Academic Regulations


Ac Regs (9th) Image of Cover

Ninth Edition (for 2016/17)


On this page, students and staff will find:




The Academic Regulations provide the regulatory framework for Anglia Ruskin’s taught undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, setting and maintaining the academic standard of all courses leading to an Anglia Ruskin award at all delivery points including UK and international Associate Colleges.

The Academic Regulations are monitored and maintained by the Academic Regulations Subcommittee (reporting to the Senate's Quality, Enhancement & Standards Committee). Any proposals for revisions to the Academic Regulations are developed by the Subcommittee and submitted to the Senate for formal approval.


Ninth Edition (July 2016)

The Senate approved amendments to the Academic Regulations in June 2016 and these apply for the 2016/17 academic year:

  • Electronic versions - both of the full document and of individual sections - can be downloaded from the links below;
  • A limited number of printed copies are available for students to consult or collect from Faculty Offices and the iCentres;
  • Printed A5 copies have been distributed to all members of academic staff and relevant support staff at Anglia Ruskin and its network of Associate Colleges;
  • For each section, an alternative accessible format is also provided. These formats are lengthier in terms of page numbers (due to the increased line spacing throughout the text) but the actual text itself is identical in all formats.


Version and Link
Ac Regs (9th) Image of Cover
The Ninth Edition (July 2016) of the Academic Regulations in their entirety
Published Version (134 pages)
A summary of the amendments made in the Ninth Edition of the Academic Regulations

Section 1:


  • Introduction
  • Senate Codes of Practice
  • Website

Section 2:

Anglia Ruskin University Awards

  • List of Anglia Ruskin Awards
  • Definitions
  • General Principles of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curriculum
  • Curriculum Structure
  • Academic Standard of Anglia Ruskin Awards

Section 3:

Curriculum Structures and Duration of Study

  • Design Principles for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curriculum
  • Academic Calendar
  • Period of Registration
  • General Requirements of Students
  • Student Registration
  • Intermission

Section 4:


  • Prinicples
  • Age of Entrants
  • General Entry Requirements
  • Specific Entry Requirements
  • Applicants for Whom English is not the First Language
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APCL/APEL)
  • Applicants with a Criminal Conviction
  • Disabled Applicants and Applicants with Specific Learning Disabilities

Section 5:

Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities

  • Student Conduct
  • Student Rights
  • Student Responsibilities

Section 6:


  • Introduction
  • Purpose of Assessment
  • Principles
  • Equity and Clarity in Assessment
  • Objectivity and Independence in Assessment
  • Langauage of Assessment
  • Module Assessment
  • Submission of Work for Assessment
  • Short Term Extensions
  • Long Term Extensions
  • Exceeding Word Limits
  • Module Re-assessment: Number of Attempts, Form, Timing and Module Result
  • Compensation
  • Mitigation: Procedure in the Event of Illness or Other Valid Cause
  • Conduct of Anglia Ruskin Examinations (including examinations held at locations outside Anglia Ruskin University or overseas)
  • Individual Assessment Requirements

Section 7:

Assessment Panels and Awards Board

  • Introduction
  • Departmental Assessment Panels (DAPs)
  • Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel
  • Faculty Student Review Subcommittees
  • Anglia Ruskin Awards Board
  • External Examiners
  • Delegation of Responsibility (Chair's Action)

Section 8:

Student Progression, Continuation and Conferment of Awards

  • Student Review and Progression
  • Student Review and Continuation
  • Academic Failure - Discontinuation
  • Accredited Prior Learning (APCL/APEL)
  • Student-initiated Course Transfer
  • Eligibility for an Award
  • Classification of Awards
  • Aegrotat Awards
  • Posthumous Awards

Section 9:

Academic Appeals

  • Introduction
  • Grounds for an Appeal
  • Submitting an appeal
  • Investigating an Appeal
  • Preliminary Review Panel (PRP): Membership
  • Preliminary Review Panel (PRP): Decisions
  • Appeals Panel: Role and Membership
  • Appeals Panel: Procedures
  • Conduct of a Formal Hearing
  • Hearing: Outcomes
  • Appeals Arising from a Hearing
  • Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Section 10:

Assessment Offences

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Initial Reporting of an Assessment Offence
  • Stage 1: Faculty Investigation
  • Stage 2: Panel Hearing
  • Penalties
  • Appeals Arising from a Panel Hearing
  • Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Section 11:

Results, Conferment, Award Certificates and Transcripts

  • Publication of Results
  • Conferment of Anglia Ruskin Awards
  • Award Certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Retracting Anglia Ruskin Credit or an Award after Conferment
Appendix 1
URLs for academic policies and other useful documentation
Appendix 2
Minimum and maximum periods of registration for students admitted with Accredited Prior Learning (APCL/APEL)
Appendix 3
Details of the 60 credits per year, 75 credits per year and 90 credits per year delivery models for part-time study
A full index to the Academic Regulations, organised by regulatory references so applicable to all versions.
Full Index (11 pages)


Summary of Amendments in the Ninth Edition (July 2016)

Main Amendments to the Academic Regulations in the Ninth Edition (July 2016)


An Additional Classification Algorithm for Honours Degrees


Addition of a second classification algorithm for the award of honours degree for students who fall into defined borderline categories under the existing classification algorithm (which itself remains unchanged). The new algorithm is based on the principles of preponderance and exit velocity.


Section 8(G); Regulations 8.60 - 8.63, pages 93 and 94

Late Submission of Student Work


Amendment to permit the late submission of student work, up to five working days after the published (or extended) submission deadline. A penalty is applied to all work submitted late: the relevant assessment element is capped at 40%.


Section 6(H); Regulations 6.51 - 6.52, page 61
Ethical Approval for Major Project Modules


Amendment to the ethical approval processes for Major Project modules, allowing individual Major Project modules to be exempted from the ethical approval process on the basis of the module’s intended learning outcomes and the expected research that a student is likely to be required to undertake.


Section 6(C); Regulation 6.5, page 55
Progression to Level 6


Deletion of the regulations (in Section 8 of the Eighth Edition) that explicitly prohibited the progression of any student into a diet of modules which included level 6 modules if any level 4 modules had yet to be passed (and an equivalent regulation between levels 5 and 3 respectively).  No other amendments are made to progression requirements; in particular the volume of credit required to progress from one year to another remains unchanged.


Section 8(A); Regulations 8.1 - 8.21, pages 83 - 88

Word Count


Clarification of the amendment made in the Eighth Edition (July 2015) with regard to establishing what is excluded when word count for student work is determined: the regulatory text of “in-text references/citations” only refers to the reference/citation; the actual indented quotation itself is not excluded from the word count.


Section 6(L), Regulation 6.71 page 63

Other minor amendments have been made and these are summarised in the Introduction to the Academic Regulations (pages 5 and 6)



Feedback from the Senate (June 2016)

In June 2016, the Senate considered and approved a number of revisions to the Academic Regulations.

The Ninth Edition of the Academic Regulations, incorporating these revisions, is available above.

Click HERE for feedback from the Senate, detailing the issues and the decisions made, particularly in relation to issues identified during the 3R meetings with academic colleagues held earlier in the 2015/16 academic year.


Previous Editions (superceded by the above and for information only) of the Academic Regulations

Training and Staff Development

The Academic Registry provides training for staff on the main aspects of the Academic Regulations in November and May of each year. The dates of the sessions in 2016/17 are listed below:

  • Tuesday 15th November 2016 at the Chelmsford Campus from 10am
  • Tuesday 9th May 2017 at the Cambridge Campus from 10am

If you would like to book a place on one of these sessions, please e-mail the Training Team in Human Resources Services.

The Academic Regulations include Anglia Ruskin's Progression Scheme which was first applied in June/July 2013. Staff Development sessions on the new Scheme were held in May and June 2013 and updated sessions were delivered in November 2014. The Powerpoint Presentation used for these sessions is available from this page.

Rules, Regulations and Procedures for Students

Anglia Ruskin's Rules, Regulations and Procedures for Students (RRPS) are approved and published by the Board of Governors and detail non-academic related regulations with which students are required to comply during their period of registration at Anglia Ruskin.

The RRPS are managed by the Office of the Secretary and Clerk and are available to view via the Secretary and Clerk's webpages.

Assessment Regulations

In previous years, the sections of the Academic Regulations which cover the assessment process (Sections 5-11) were also published separately as the Assessment Regulations. This separate publication is no longer provided.


If you have any questions about the Academic Regulations, including queries regarding the interpretation and/or application of the Regulations, please e-mail these to the Academic Registrar, Paul Baxter.