UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Student Handbook

Provost’s Welcome to UCL

Dear students
To those of you who are returning, welcome back. To those of you who are new, congratulations for choosing UCL as your university. Whatever your degree programme, your UCL education offers fantastic opportunities to stretch your intellect, expand your experience and develop your skills. And you are in London, which is recognised by QS as one of the best cities in the world for students.

We want you to learn how to think, not what to think: through our Connected Curriculum you have the opportunity to take part in research and enquiry and to create new knowledge. Your programmes are informed by the work of UCL’s world-leading researchers and are designed to develop your skills of analysis and problem-solving, preparing you for your career, wherever it takes you. At UCL, we believe the best way to solve a problem is to bring together thinking from different academic disciplines. This is reflected in the UCL Grand Challenges, our joined-up approach to the world’s most pressing problems. Most of our degrees allow you to take elective modules from other disciplines within UCL and we encourage language study, to bring new perspectives to your studies.

I warmly encourage you to shape your journey at UCL. Take our university-wide surveys and make your voice heard.  Become a ChangeMaker or an Academic Representative and work in partnership with academics to make your programme of study even better.  
You’ll also have opportunities to learn outside your degree programme. Participate in our Global Citizenship Programme, exploring ways of addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Get involved with amazing volunteering opportunities (coordinated by the Volunteering Services Unit) and make a difference locally. Investigate opportunities for entrepreneurship through UCL Innovation and Enterprise.

UCL is first and foremost a community of great minds. You are a valuable member of that community. I hope you will take every opportunity to shape your time here, so that your experience is the best possible.
Professor Michael Arthur
UCL President and Provost

Director's Welcome to SSEES

Welcome to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (SSEES).

SSEES is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. More than 60 academic staff work at UCL SSEES, teaching and conducting research in the history, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, culture, literature and languages of the countries of the region. We aim to provide you with stimulating, high quality, research-led courses within flexible and wide-ranging interdisciplinary degrees. Our graduates have an enviable record in securing employment in both public and private sectors.

SSEES is ideally located within the UCL campus in Bloomsbury and enjoys unrivalled resources for students and staff, especially our world-leading Library. We also have a rich programme of high-profile international speakers, conferences, seminars, and other events.

You are now a member of a specialist institution with outstanding resources and expertise. You are also a member of UCL and will be able to enjoy the benefits of studying in a diverse, large-scale, highly rated university.

I invite you to take full advantage of the unique opportunities which lie before you.

Professor Diane P. Koenker
SSEES Director


Detailed Table of Contents:

1 Departmental Staff Related to Your Degree Programme

1.1 UCL Communication
1.2 Explanation of the Relationship Between Department and Faculty
1.3 Key Staff Members Within the Department and Faculty

2 Key Dates

2.1 UCL Term Dates: 2019/20
2.2 Module Selection and Verification Deadlines
2.3 UCL Examination Periods 2019/20
2.4 SSEES and UCL events

3 Programme Structure

3.1 The Structure of the Programme, Duration, Credits, Qualification(s)
3.1.1 Programme Documentation

4 Advice on Choosing Module Options and Electives

4.1 Contact details for staff who can give advice
4.2 Deadlines for choosing modules, and how a student will know if they have secured a place
4.2.1 New UG Students
4.2.2 Continuing UG Students
4.2.3 PG Students
4.2.4 Affiliate Students

5 UG Progression and Award Requirements

5.1 Information on how a student progresses through the programme – what does a student need to complete and pass to be awarded a degree; what are the criteria for condonement (if applicable), what are the consequences of unsatisfactory progress
5.1.1 SSEES Undegraduate Programmes (BA)
5.2 Progression
5.3 Progression from Year One
5.4 Progression from Year Two
5.5 Progression from Year Three (on Four Year Programmes)
5.6 Consequances of Failure
5.7 Information on Condonement
5.8 Award of an Honours Degree
5.8.1 Passing Modules
5.8.2 How will marks be combined to reach a classification?
5.9 Modern Foreign Language Requirement

6 PG Programme Documentation

6.1 Scheme of Award
6.2 Consequences of Failure
6.3 Award of Postgraduate Degree
6.4 Information on Condonement

7 Our Expectations of Students

7.1 UG Hours of Study
7.2 UG Personal Study Time
7.3 PG Contact Hours and Personal Study
7.4 Attendance Requirements and Penalties for Poor Attendance
7.5 Barring & Warnings
7.6 UCL Disciplinary Policies and Expected Behaviour
7.6.1 Student Code of Conduct

8 Tutorials and Supervision

8.1 What Students Can Expect in Terms of Academic and Personal Tutoring
8.2 Pastoral Tutoring at SSEES
8.3 UG Dissertation
8.4 PG Dissertation
8.5 Transition Mentors

9 Study Abroad

9.1 Introduction
9.2 Preparing for Your Year Abroad
9.3 Year Abroad Preparation – Key Dates
9.4 Choosing Where to Go: Your Programme Guide
9.4.1 Economics & Business Programme
9.4.2 Politics & Sociology Programme
9.4.3 Languages & Culture Programme Central, Eastern and South-East European Languages Russian Language
9.5 Waiving the Year Abroad
9.6 Failure to complete the year abroad (once it has begun)
9.7 Workload During the Year Abroad
9.7.1 Year-abroad workload for 2018-19 – overview
9.7.2 Year-abroad workload for students on BA EBEES + YA and BA PEES + YA programmes
9.7.3 Year-abroad workload for Russian Language & Culture students studying in Russia (at HSE or through RLUS)
9.7.4 Year-abroad workload for all other Language & Culture students
9.8 UCL assessment – how to pass the year abroad
9.9 Costs, Funding and Finance
9.10 Selecting Your Year-Abroad Destinations: What to Do Next
9.11 What If I Experience Problems During My Year Abroad?
9.12 Key Points of Contact

10 Information on Assessment

10.1 How will students be assessed 
10.2 PG forms of Assessment
10.3 What Are the Marking Criteria and Learning Outcomes?
10.4 How Will Marks Be Combined to Reach a Classification?
10.5 Feedback
10.5.1 Collection of Work
10.6 UCL Standard Turnaround Time for Feedback
10.7 Examinations
10.7.1 Intercollegiate Exams
10.8 Coursework Submission
10.9 Information About Penalties for Late Submissions
10.10 Information About Absence from Assessment
10.11 Information About Word Counts and Penalties
10.12 Information About the Consequences of Failure
10.13 Absence from assessment
10.14 Information About Accepted Referencing Methods on the Programme
10.15 Information About Academic integrity (Plagiarism) in the Discipline
10.16 Information About UCL’s Examination Irregularities and Plagiarism Procedures
10.17 Information About Research Ethics, Approvals Process, Code of Conduct, Etc. on the Programme
10.18 Information About Marking, Second-Marking and Moderation
10.19 Information About the External Examiner Process and How to Access Reports Via Portico

11 Extenuating Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustments

11.1 Information About Reasonable Adjustments
11.2 Information About Special Examination Arrangements
11.3 Information About When, Where and How to Submit a Claim for Extenuating Circumstances
11.4 Information on Fitness to Study
11.5 Key Contacts in the Department for Assistance with Any of the Above

12 Changes to Registration Status

12.1 information on How to Change, interrupt or Withdraw from a Programme
12.1.1 Changing Modules
12.1.2 Changing Programme
12.1.3 Interruption of Studies
12.1.4 Withdrawing from a Programme
12.2 Informing the Student Loans Company of changes to your student status
12.3 Key Contacts in the Department for Assistance with Any of the Above

13 Student Support and Wellbeing

13.1 Information Regarding Central Wellbeing and Support Services, Including What Services Are Offered, Locations and Contact Information
13.1.1 The Student Centre
13.1.2 Student Disability Services
13.1.3 Student Psychological Services
13.1.4 International Student Support and Welfare
13.1.5 Study Abroad Support
13.1.6 Accommodation
13.1.7 Financial Support
13.1.8 Students of Concern
13.2 Information About Registering with a Doctor and Out-of-Hours Support Services
13.2.1 Registering with a Doctor
13.2.2 Out-of-Hours Support and Information Helpline
13.2.3 Crisis Support - Immediate Help
13.3 Information on How Students Can Access Support/information Related to Equality and Diversity
13.4 Information About UCL’s Zero Tolerance Policy on Harassment and Bullying
13.4.1 Harassment and Bullying
13.4.2 Sexual Harassment
13.4.3 Support for Students Who Have Been Affected by Sexual Violence

14 Learning Resources and Key Facilities

14.1 Information on University-Wide Learning Resources and Key Contacts for Support
14.1.1 UCL Library Services
14.1.2 UCL information Services Division (ISD)
14.1.3 UCL Centre for Languages & international Education (CLIE)
14.2 Information on SSEES library spaces/resources, IT provision/support, social spaces etc.
14.3 How to Access Moodle and Support Contacts
14.4 Portico – What It Is, Why It Is Important and Who to Contact for Support
14.5 Online Timetable
14.6 Research Student Log (MRes only)

15 Student Representation

15.1 information on UCLU, How to Run for Election and How to Find a Representative
15.2 Student Societies
15.3 Information on Academic Representatives
15.4 Role of the Staff-Student Consultative Committee
15.5 Other Ways That Students Can Give Feedback
15.6 The Advice Service
15.7 Informal and formal Student Complaints
15.7.1 Informal Resolution
15.7.2 Formal Complaints

16 Student Feedback

16.1 The Importance of Feedback and How UCL Uses the Results
16.2 Student Surveys and How UCL Uses the Results, including information About the NSS, PTES and Student Barometer
16.3 Student Evaluation Questionnaires – When they Occur and Why They Are Important
16.4 The ASER Process and How Student Representatives Are involved
16.5 The Internal Quality Review (IQR)

17 ChangeMakers

17.1 About the Project, Who They Are and How a Student Can Find Out More or Become involved

18 Employability and Careers

18.1 Opportunities Available, Where and How to Get Advice, Career Planning Tips
18.2 Information on UCL Careers
18.3 Entrepreneurship at UCL
18.4 Student involvement in Publications (PG)
18.4.1 The Slavonic and East European Review (SEER)
18.4.2 Central Europe
18.4.3 Slovo: a Journal of Contemporary Russian, East European and Eurasian Affairs

19 Global Citizenship

19.1 What It Is, Who a Student Can Contact Or Where they Can Go to Find Out More, Or Become involved

20 Data Protection

20.1 How UCL Uses Student information, for What Purposes, and the Steps Taken to Safeguard This information; Where to Find Information Security, Intellectual Property and Email Policies; information on How to Enquire or Make a Related Complaint

21 Health, Safety and Security

21.1 UCL Health, Safety and Security information
21.2 Health and Safety at SSEES

22 After Study

22.1 Information on Transcripts and How to Access Replacements
22.2 Graduation Ceremonies
22.3 Information About the Hear
22.4 Information on UCL Alumni Activities and Key Contacts