1.8 Academic Quality Handbook 2022/23: Summary of Key Changes

The following table provides a list of changes which have been made following the publication of the 2021/22 version of the AQH in September 2021.                                                                                                  

Section

Change

Date

2.7 Development and

Review

(Scheme withdrawal)

5. The Portfolio Planning Committee may propose the suspension or withdrawal of schemes on an annual basis based on recruitment trend data and market intelligence. PPC will invite departments to take action on the basis of this report to withdraw or suspend schemes as appropriate. Faculties will be invited to provide a robust rationale to PPC for retaining any schemes identified in the report. Faculties should consider compliance with the Welsh Language Standards, in consultation with the Faculty Associate Dean (Welsh-Medium Academic Provision) who will be responsible for consulting with the Welsh Medium Studies Committee, and confirm any impact on provision. PPC will have the authority to make final decisions taking account of this feedback. No further approval documentation would be required and the decision will be recorded in the PPC minutes.

Academic Board – March 2022

2.14 Development and

Revew - Template Forms

New - Timeline for suspension/withdrawal of a scheme proposed by PPC following annual review of recruitment trend data and market intelligence

Academic Board – March 2022

3.2 Assessment policy and procedures

28. The University has established a policy on the translation of assessed work aimed at ensuring the integrity of the process (i.e. that students are not unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged by the marking of translated work). Students who wish to submit examination scripts or assessed coursework in Welsh on English medium modules are not required to give prior notification of their intention to do so. Where students request oral assessments through the medium of Welsh, these should be assessed in Welsh wherever possible, without simultaneous interpretation. Otherwise, departments should consult with the Centre for Welsh Language Services on a case by case basis. Where simultaneous interpretation is provided, it would be helpful to provide a script or written summary to the interpreter in advance.

Academic Board – March 2022

3.6 Academic Practice

Chapter updated to clarify that Turnitin similarity score thresholds should not be specified (para 19) and additional evidence may be requested (para 22)

Academic Board – Sept 2022

4.2 Bachelor's Degree:

Rules for Progression

4.2.4 (para 4.)  Students who have failed 80 credits or fewer will be required to take the first resit opportunity for all assessments in the summer resit assessment period in August. The second resit opportunity for any failed modules must take place during the following session, in the semester the module is being, or had previously, been taught. Students on a sandwich or abroad placement will not lose a resit opportunity if they have placement commitments which prevent them from taking their first resit during the August resit period of the second year, neither will they lose a resit opportunity if they are unable to resit during the placement year either.  Students who cannot take resits because of placement commitments will be offered resits during their final year.

Academic Board – June 2022

4.3.3 Examination Conventions

Students starting Part One on MComp and MEng Integrated Master’s Schemes FROM September 2022

As set out under 4.3.2, with the exception of point 2, students may fail no more than 20 credits in total across Level Two, Level Three and Level M, which contribute to the final award classification.

Academic Board – July 2022

4.5  Examination

Conventions

Change to section heading 4.5 Degree Schemes with Sandwich Year, or Integrated year Studying

Abroad non-language schemes

Academic Board – June 2022

4.7 Examination

Conventions

BA Early Childhood Studies (with Early Years Practitioner Status) - Progression Rule

1. A candidate who achieves an overall mark of 40% or more in year 1 but does not successfully

complete the observation placement, will be required to repeat the year.

Exit Awards

2. A candidate who is out of resit opportunities in Part One may be eligible for the award of  a

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) (Early Childhood Studies).

3. A candidate who achieves an overall mark of 40% or more in year 1 but does not proceed with

study will be eligible for the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) (Early Childhood

Studies).

4. A candidate who is out of resit opportunities in Part Two will be eligible for the award of  a

Diploma of Higher Education (CertHE) (Early Childhood Studies) or the Ordinary Degree (Early

Childhood Studies).

5. A candidate who achieves an overall mark of 40% or more in year 2 but does not proceed with

study will be eligible for the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) (Early Childhood

Studies).

Academic Board – July 2022

4.8 Examination

Conventions

4.8 BSc Nursing (Adult) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health)  (Applicable to all students starting in September 2022)

Progression rules

1.      The module pass mark is 40% and students are required to pass all component assessments in all modules. All modules, i.e. 120 credits, must be passed to progress to the next year of study.

2.      Students will be required to resit and/or resubmit the failed component(s) in each semester. Students will have TWO opportunities to resit a failed module or component (apart from the Professional Practice component where there is only ONE resit opportunity at the end of the placement)  The first opportunity will be an in-semester resit. If the in-semester resit is failed, funding is suspended for one year and students will have one final opportunity to resit externally within 12 months. After an external resit a student will re-join the main cohort during the next academic session.

Exit awards

3.      A candidate who achieves an overall mark of 40% at Part One but does not proceed with study will be eligible for the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Healthcare Studies (120 credits at Level-4)

4.      A candidate who achieves an overall mark of 40% or more in year 2 but does not proceed with study will be eligible for the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) Healthcare Studies (120 credits at Level-5)

 

Sept 2022

4.10 Examination

Conventions

Change to sub-section heading in 4.10 Conventions for the classification of modular degrees/

4 Year schemes with 2 years in Aberystwyth after Part One plus Sandwich Year or Year Abroad

 including integrated year Studying Abroad non-language schemes

Academic Board – June 2022

5.2 External Examining

4. The appointment of internal and external examiners who are linguistically and academically competent to make judgements on the original Welsh language text should be regarded as a first principle. If it is not possible to appoint an external examiner to act through the medium of Welsh,

the option of translating must be considered, noting that this carries a higher risk. For further

guidance, please refer to the QAA guidance on effective practice in examining and assessing

through the medium of Welsh guidelines-for-higher-education-providers-on-effective-practice-in-examining-and-assessing-in-welsh-within-wales.pdf

Academic Board – June 2022

5.6 External Examining

 

5.
(v)  PGCE Primary/Secondary with QTS programmes of study - attend a number of placements each

year as agreed in advance with the Head of Department/Programme Director.

(vi)  Undertake other in person engagements/visits as necessary as agreed in advance with the

Head of Department, for example for schemes with a practical element or professional body requirement.

Sept 2022

5.8 External Examining

1. (v) The PGCTHE external examiner is required to submit an annual report after the main PGCTHE Examining Board in February, unless requested to do otherwise by the Chair of the Examining Board.

Sept 2022

6.6 Personal Tutoring

4. Full time undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to meet their Personal Tutor at least four times during the first year, at least three times in the second year, and at least two times in the third/fourth year. Full time postgraduate taught students will have a minimum of three meetings during the course of their studies. Some tutorial sessions may be group meetings. The University will provide additional guidance to Departments on the timing and content of the meetings.

Academic Board – March 2023

9.2 Criteria for the Award

 of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Reference added to QAA Annex D: Outcome classification descriptions for FHEQ Level 6 and FQHEIS Level 10 degrees

Sept 2022

Regulation on

Unacceptable Academic Practice

Regulation updated to include a new category under collusion, to clarify that where possible, panel members should not have been involved with previous cases of UAP for the same student, and that the student should be notified as to the identities of panel members in advance of the meeting to enable them to raise conflicts of interest prior to the meeting.   Previous allegations of UAP should not be taken into account when determining if UAP has occurred and panels should not be made aware of previous allegations of UAP until it has been determined if the allegation is substantiated or not. Once a decision has been made the panel may consider prior substantiated cases of UAP in demining the penalty as set out in the points-based system. Recommendations to reduce penalties on grounds of special circumstances will now be considered by the Academic Registrar (or nominee).

Academic Board – Sept 2022

Regulations for Modular

Initial Degrees

22. Bachelor degree students may fail no more than 20 credits which contribute to the final award classification (excluding Level S Modules). Integrated Master’s degree students may fail no more than 20 credits across Level Two (Second Year) and Three (Third Year) and may fail no more than 20 credits at M Level (Fourth Year), with the exception of students commencing MEng and MComp Integrated Master’s degrees FROM September 2022 - see below.

22a. Students commencing MEng and MComp Integrated Master’s degrees FROM September 2022 may fail no more than 20 credits across Part Two as a whole.

Academic Board – July 2022

Regulations for Modular

Initial Degrees

Additional Regulations – special provision relating to the following degrees

BA Early Childhood Studies (with Early Years Practitioner Status)

Students who are admitted to the BA Early Childhood Studies (with Early Years Practitioner Status) scheme will be subject to the Regulations for Modular Initial Degrees with the following exception. If they are subsequently unable, or not permitted, to progress to completion they may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the appropriate levels at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards with ‘Early Childhood Studies’ as the scheme title (no Early Years Practitioner Status):

•         Certificate in Higher Education (HE Level 1/CQFW 4

•         Diploma in Higher Education (HE Level 2/CQFW 5

•         Ordinary Degree (HE Level 3/CQFW 6)

Academic Board – July 2022

Regulations for Modular

Initial Degrees

22b BSc Nursing schemes - all 360 credits must be passed in Part One and Part Two, i.e. no failed credits are permitted. (September 2022).

Additional Regulations – special provision relating to the following degrees:

BSc Nursing (Adult) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health) 

Students who are admitted to the BSc Nursing (Adult) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health) schemes will be subject to the Regulations for Modular Initial Degrees with the following exception. If they are subsequently unable, or not permitted, to progress to completion they may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the appropriate levels at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards with ‘Healthcare Studies’ as the scheme title:

•         Certificate in Higher Education (HE Level 1/CQFW 4

•         Diploma in Higher Education (HE Level 2/CQFW 5

Sept 2022

Regulations for Modular Taught Postgraduate

Awards

10. Students registered on the MA International Politics (Dual Degree) and who successfully complete 120 credits at Aberystwyth but do not go on to the second year of the scheme would be eligible for the award of MA International Politics.

Sept 2022

Regulation for Doctoral Degrees by Examination

and Thesis or Portfolio

[DProf]

8. A candidate who has successfully completed Part One but does not wish to continue or is unsuccessful in their candidature for the DProf, will be eligible for the award of an MProf, MRes or other Master’s award forming Part One of their programme of study.

Academic Board – June 2022

Updated: Sept 2022