The University Research Regulations – Section 1

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All feedback is welcomed from internal and external sources. Please email your comments to l.m.wilson@leedsmet.ac.uk.

The next scheduled review of this impact assessment is on Wednesday 4 June 2014.

Faculty or Service Area: Registrar and Secretary's Office
Name of policy owner: Matthew Froggatt
Original policy document: None.
Creation date: 2010/06/04
Purpose of the policy being assessed:
To regulate research degree programmes

Section 1 applies to all students and staff engaged in research (in the case of students this includes Undergraduates and taught postgraduates).

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:
In reviewing Section 1 of the Research Regulations it was evident that they are broad and balanced. The regulations are flexible in terms of the student’s right to appeal to a panel where issues arise and it was felt that this could be of use in terms of a variety of equality issues.

This might include people with disabilities who find fulfilling the criteria of their award programme difficult, or for people of faith who find themselves being unable to meet time-bound criteria if the date was during a religious festival or celebration. In both cases, students would be able to seek assistance/exception from the University Research Committee with the support and assistance of their supervisor.

Mode of attendance was also highlighted as a potential source of negative impact but all awards offer the ability to change from full-time to part-time or vice versa at any time, fee payment is operated pro-rata.

Whilst there is a system in place to deal with equality issues that arise as a result of research regulations, this does not come across clearly from reading the documentation. One recommendation might be to include a statement in one section which stipulates student’s rights in this regard.

This policy applies to, and affects, all students equally.

Supporting evidence: None.
Feedback from Equality Forums and other interested parties:
This impact assessment was undertaken in the old system so there is currently no feedback.
Recommendations:
Awaiting feedback.
Consultation open: Feedback on this impact assessment is welcome, but it is not officially under consultation at this time.
Review date: 2014/6/04
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