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The Academic Regulations


Tenth Edition (for 2017/18)

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.


Tenth Edition (August 2017)

The Senate approved amendments to the Academic Regulations in June 2017 and these apply for the 2017/18 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
The Tenth Edition (August 2017) of the Academic Regulations in their entirety
Published Version (142 pages)
A summary of the amendments made in the Tenth 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
  • 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 Tenth Edition (August 2017)

Amendments to the Academic Regulations in the Tenth Edition (August 2017)


Automatic Withdrawal of Non-Engaged Students by the Academic Registry


Amendment to the definition of student withdrawal from a course which empowers the Academic Registrar to process the withdrawal of a student automatically in each learning and teaching period when defined criteria have been satisfied.


Section 2(B); Regulation 2.32, footnote 7, page 16

Mitigation Process: Claims Relating to Work Submitted Late


Addition to the regulations governing the mitigation process which authorise the Mitigation Panel to determine, for claims relating to student work that has been submitted under the regulations governing late submission, whether the outcome for a successful mitigation claim should be the removal of the penalty that has been applied for late submission rather than the annulment of the mark achieved.


Section 6(H); Regulation 6.115, footnote 45, page 69
Academic Appeals


  • Addition of an opportunity for an appellant to request a review of a decision made by the Academic Registry to dismiss an appeal following initial scrutiny of the appeal;
  • Discontinuation of the Preliminary Review Panel (PRP);
  • In order to accord with guidance published by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), the removal of the right of an appellant to request the referral of an appeal to the Board of Governors following a Stage 2 Panel decision to dismiss an appeal.


Section 9; Regulations 9.1-9.43, pages 97-104
Assessment Offences


  • In order to accord with guidance published by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), the removal of the right of a student to request the referral of an assessment offence to the Board of Governors following a Stage 2 Panel decision to uphold the allegation of an assessment offence;
  • Amendment to the regulations governing the assessment offences process which prevents a student for a whom a penalty of expulsion has been applied from receiving an intermediate award; the student continues to receive a transcript detailing the academic credit that has been attained but no award is conferred.


Section 10; Regulations 10.1 - 10.58, pages 105 - 115

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 2017/18 are listed below:

  • Tuesday 14th November 2017 at the Cambridge Campus from 10am
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018 at the Chelmsford 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.


Research Degrees Regulations

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


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.