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The Academic Regulations



Eleventh Edition (for 2018/19)

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 Academic Standards & Quality Committee). Any proposals for revisions to the Academic Regulations are developed by the Subcommittee and submitted to the Senate for formal approval.


Eleventh Edition (August 2018)

The Senate approved amendments to the Academic Regulations in June 2018 and these apply for the 2018/19 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 will be available for students to consult or collect from Faculty Offices and the iCentres from the start of teaching in Semester/Trimester 1;
  • Printed A5 copies will bedistributed 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
The Eleventh Edition (August 2018) of the Academic Regulations in their entirety
Published Version (144 pages)
A summary of the amendments made in the Eleventh 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
  • Retaking or Replacing a Failed Module
  • 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
  • Modular Assessment Panels (MAPs)
  • Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel
  • Faculty Student Review Subcommittees
  • Anglia Ruskin Awards Board
  • External Examiners
  • Delegation of Responsibility (Chair's Action)

Section 8:

Student Progression and Continuation and the Conferment of Awards

  • Student Review and Progression
  • 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
  • Initial Scrutiny
  • Stage 1 - Investigating an Appeal
  • Stage 2 - Panel 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
  • 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 Eleventh Edition (August 2018)

Amendments to the Academic Regulations in the Eleventh Edition (August 2018)


Addition of the new undergraduate award ‘Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery’


Addition of the new undergraduate award of ‘Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery’ (MBChB) and associated amendments to facilitate the award’s introduction


Section 2, Regulations 2.1.1, 2.43, 2.54.5, 2.60.5, 2.66.10 and 2.67

Section 3, Regulations 3.13 (footnote 17) and 3.36

Section 4, Regulations 4.14-4.15

Section 6, Regulations 6.24 (footnote 36), 6.25 (footnote 36), 6.26 (footnote 40), 6.84 (footnote 46), 6.90 (footnote 49) and 6.93

Section 8, Regulations 8.21 and 8.42

Procedure for Ethical Approval


Amendments and updates to the procedure for securing ethical approval for research undertaken by students enrolled for Major Project modules


Section 6, Regulation 6.5, (footnotes 30, 31, 32 and 33)
Electronic Submission of Student Work


Amendments to the regulations governing the submission of student work which allows a student to submit multiple versions of a piece of work (where the method of submission is electronic) up to the published (or extended) submission deadline with the final version of the work that is submitted being the version that is marked (Regulation 6.46). There is no change to the regulations regarding the submission of student work where the method of submission is physical (eg: via iCentres, Faculty Offices, etc.)


Section 6, Regulation 6.46
Assessment Offences


  • Addition of “failure to obtain ethical approval where required” and “breaching the principles of research integrity” to the illustrative list of types of assessment offences;
  • Amendment to empower any member of academic staff to report a suspected assessment offence directly to the Director of Studies, removing in the need to do so via the relevant Module Leader (to whom the information is copied), in order to shorten timescales and expedite the process (Regulation 10.13);
  • Minor amendment to allow a viva-voce examination that a Director of Studies may request a student to undertake to take place before a formal allegation of an assessment offence is made rather than after the allegation is made (Regulations 10.17(b) and 10.23, footnote 85);
  • Minor revisions to the definition of poor academic practice (Regulation 10.19, footnote 84).


Section 10, Regulations 10.10, 10.13, 10.17(b), 10.23 (footnote 85) and 10.19 (footnote 84)

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



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 2018/19 are listed below:

  • Wednesday 28th November 2018 at the Cambridge Campus from 10am
  • Thursday 16th May 2019 at the Chelmsford Campus from 10am

Bookings should be made via self-service. Navigate to the course catalogue (found under Your Employment tab, Your Development section). Enter ‘regulations’ into the search box; from the dropdown menu select ‘Academic Regulations’, tab and then click on ‘Search’. The scheduled dates will appear below, click on ‘sign up’ next to the session you wish to attend and then ‘save’. Once your booking has been authorised by your Line Manager we’ll send you an outlook calendar invite to confirm this booking.

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.


Research Degrees Regulations

Anglia Ruskin's Research Degrees Regulations govern our postgraduate research provision including PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate courses.



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.