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Introduction to Chapter Four 2017-18


Introduction to Chapter Four 2017-18

The regulations in this chapter apply to all UG and PGT students enrolled on the 2017-18 academic session unless otherwise stated in the individual regulations.

2016-17 Students: One-year Masters students will continue on the 2016-17 regulations until they graduate; two-year Masters students will continue on the 2016-17 regulations until they re-enrol onto the 2017-18 academic session/ year 2.

NEW FOR 2017-18

In this chapter:

Derogations and Variations

Chapter 4 includes the main regulations for all UCL students, except where the following approved derogations and variations supersede:

About this chapter

1. Chapter 4 is UCL’s regulatory framework for the assessment and examination of Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students at UCL. Students should also refer to their Student Handbooks or equivalent and departmental/divisional literature for more detailed information about the specific regulations that apply to their studies.
2. Students following joint or dual programmes delivered in conjunction with other universities and organisations (e.g. EMPA, International MA) should refer to their Student Handbook or equivalent for details of the regulations that apply to their studies. 
Threshold Standards
3. The Assessment Framework for Taught Programmes outlines UCL’s threshold expectations for the assessment of students. All programmes must apply these threshold standards as a minimum.
4. The regulations indicate where a programme may set higher standards than the minimum, subject to approval by UCL Education Committee, or its nominee. Programmes wishing to set higher standards must make a formal application, either as part of the Programme and Module Approval Process, or the annual Academic Review Process.
5. All variations must be documented in the Programme Specification and/ or Scheme of Award, and clearly explained in the Student Handbook or equivalent.
Must, Should and May
6. To ensure that the expectations of Faculties, Departments/Divisions, students and staff are clear, the following verbs are adopted consistently throughout the framework:
  a) Must: indicates a regulation that will be adhered to in all circumstances. Deviations from such regulations would only be granted by UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) in exceptional circumstances. For example “All programmes must include rigorous second-marking and internal moderation processes which promote consistency and fairness”.
  b) Should: indicates a regulation that will be adhered to unless sound pedagogical, professional or practical reasons prevent this. For example “A variety of assessment methods should be used across a programme of study to test different knowledge and skills”.
  c) May: indicates where an action or regulation is permitted but not mandatory, and where there might therefore be variations across programmes and modules. For example “Information may be provided in a number of formats including Student Handbooks, Moodle sites and the UCL intranet”. Where ‘may’ regulations are used, the specific arrangements in place on the programme must be explained clearly in the Student Handbook or equivalent.