Academic Manual


Summary of Academic Manual Changes for 2020-21

Updates to the Academic Manual 2020-21

The following summary outlines all of the substantive regulatory changes which have been approved by UCL Education Committee for 2020-21:

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The majority are minor amendments and improvements, and there are only a small number of substantial changes. These include:

  • A new Interruptions of Study procedure
  • Amendment to end all Taught Postgraduate as well as Undergraduate teaching at 12.55pm on Wednesday afternoons
  • A new deadline of 4pm for Examination Adjustments to align with Student Centre drop-in hours
  • Setting examinations at whole-hour intervals to reduce disruption in exam halls
  • A new process for developing and approving new Taught Postgraduate programmes
  • Improved programme and module approval and amendment procedures
  • Updated Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) and Internal Quality review (IQR) procedures
  • Updated Terms of Reference for Staff-Student Consultative Committees
  • New frameworks for developing Degree Apprenticeships
  • Clarifications on the calculation of classification and progression year means
  • New annex on the different types of exam boards
  • Updated Extenuating Circumstances Form
  • Updated External Examiner procedures 
  • New guidance document that defines all of the Portico enrolment statuses for Postgraduate Research students
  • New Institute of Education Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Regulations
  • Revised Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) assessment regulations
  • Inclusion of Completing Research Status (CRS) in the Doctor of Education (EdD) regulations

The revised Academic Manual will apply from 1 September 2020 to all students who are fully enrolled on the 2020-21 academic session.

Information about temporary changes to the regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic are available on the Academic Manual Covid-19 page.

If you have any questions about the changes to the regulations, please contact academicregulations@ucl.ac.uk.