Academic Regulations – Section A

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The next scheduled review of this impact assessment is on Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Faculty or Service Area: Registrar and Secretary's Office
Name of policy owner: Louise Allen
Original policy document: None.
Creation date: 2010/06/10
Purpose of the policy being assessed:
To state the University’s principles of the Academic Regulations

All students of the University and those staff involved in the academic processes referred to within the regulations.

Customer groups affected by the policy: Staff, Students
Relevant protected characteristics affected by the policy: Age, Disability, Gender, Race, Religious belief, Sexual orientation, Socio-economic group (students only), Mode of attendance (part-time or full-time)
Examples of how these protected characteristics are affected by policy with evidence, justification and course of action:
Planned duration and maximum periods of study for full and part-time students differ. These time periods have been set out so that no student is disadvantaged and that parity between full and part time is maintained.
Supporting evidence: None.
Feedback from Equality Forums and other interested parties:
This is the first time these regulations have been impact assessed and the language used has not previously been considered in terms of the various equality strands.

Some of the language used in the existing regulations might be regarded as ethnocentric, e.g. the use of ‘foreign’ to describe languages other than English. e.g. the use of ‘normal’ in relation to the language of academic delivery. Some language could be regarded as demeaning e.g. the use of ‘special needs’. There are also a number of references to ‘his’ or ‘her’ where a gender neutral alternative could be used instead.

To replace the following words with alternatives: e.g.

A1.8.4 ‘the special needs of students’ to specific requirements for those’who.. A4.3.1 ‘The normal language’ to the standard language ‘Foreign’ with other - A4.3.2, A4.8.6, ‘Normal’ with required or usual - A4. 4.1, A4.8.14, A5.2.3 ‘Normally’ with usually – A5.4.1, A5.5.4 ‘her or his’ with the or their - A4. 8.3, A4. 8.5, A5.5.3, A5.5.9 ‘he or she’ with the student – A4. 8.5, A4.8.11, ‘he or she’ with they – A5.2.2, A5.5.9

Consultation open: Feedback on this impact assessment is welcome, but it is not officially under consultation at this time.
Review date: 2014/06/10
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