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Academic Freedom Principles Statement

This is a University statement of academic freedom principles. It ensures that the OU community has a common understanding of what academic freedom means for the University, and the responsibilities that come with that freedom. 

Academic Regulations

These regulations, together with the Conditions of Registration, define the basis of the academic relationship between the student and the University.

To see the regulations that apply to a module or qualification you are currently studying for, or have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module:

2017/18 (For modules which started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) These regulations were approved in January 2016 to replace and update the separate Student Regulations, Module Regulations and General Qualification Regulations and apply to your study in the academic year 2015/16 and to continuing study in subsequent academic years.

If you wish to refer to the previous versions of the separate regulations please click on the links below.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18

This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.

Certain terminology relating to senior roles outlined in this policy will be updated shortly. This in no way invalidates the content or the meaning of the policy itself.

Advice: Information, advice and guidance - statement of service

The OU offers impartial advice for prospective, past and current students on a variety of topics, including: support during your studies, advice on qualifications and modules, and services offered to enable you to study effectively if you have a disability or additional requirement.

Advice: Information, advice and guidance policy

This document sets out our policy on delivering information, advice and guidance to prospective, past and current students.

Advocacy

The OU recognises that there are times when it may be easier for a student to communicate with the University through the use of an advocate. Individuals requiring advocates are likely to be students with disabilities such as students with Asperger’s syndrome, communication difficulties or students who have insufficient confidence in expressing themselves. They may also be students who are under 18 years of age.

This document outlines the guidelines and the procedure to follow.

Alumni data and records, Policy on the Retention of

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Anti-fraud

The purpose of this policy is to provide a definition of fraud and define authority levels, responsibilities for action, and reporting lines in the event of suspected, attempted or actual fraud or irregularity perpetrated by an individual against the University.

Assessment - Code of Practice for Student Assessment

This document is part of the student regulations which apply to all students of the OU.

These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between the student and us. Students who register for a specific academic qualification from the University are also governed by our qualification regulations which deal with registering for a qualification, completing a qualification and other matters about qualifications. The detailed assessment rules for each module appear separately as module rules.

Assessment banking

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements. It continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

Assessment Handbook

Our  assessment handbook outlines the University's policy relating to the different types of assessment you may have to complete for your modules. It includes our general rules and regulations for submitting work and sitting examinations and should be referred to in conjunction with your module-specific information such as your Module guide and Assignment booklet which will tell you about the individual elements of assessment in the specific modules you are studying.

If you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate module, you should refer to the

If you are studying one of the short introductory modules in our Openings programme you should refer to the Assignment Booklet on your module site.

Associate Lecturer - Tutor Support Statement

This statement was written for students, to expand on aspects of the Student Charter which relate to the relationship between students and their tutors.

Banking your assessment

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements. It continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

Bullying and harassment - Student Code for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment

This code applies to all forms of bullying and harassment occurring in OU contexts, including residential schools, tutorials, day schools and research supervision sessions.  Part 1 sets out the policy and Part 2 covers the procedures for making a complaint, and how complaints should be handled.

Cases of alleged serious criminal offence, such as physical and sexual assault, must be immediately reported to the police. In such cases the University will take no action under this code (other than suspension, if considered necessary) until the outcome of any criminal investigation is known.

Cancellations, Deferrals and Withdrawals

These documents explain the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements, and also continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements. It continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

Careers Advisory Service - statement of service

An outline of the advice and guidance available from Careers and Employability Services, whose mission is to empower OU students to recognise their potential and achieve their personal, educational or career goals in the changing world of work and lifelong learning. 

Careers and Employability Services - statement of service

An outline of the advice and guidance available from Careers and Employability Services, whose mission is to empower OU students to recognise their potential and achieve their personal, educational or career goals in the changing world of work and lifelong learning. 

Charter - Student Charter

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the OU Students Association, sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other. It is a declaration of values rather than a rule book. It describes the way in which the members of the OU - staff and students - should work together so that everyone can benefit.

Cheating or plagiarism - Plagiarism - what constitutes plagiarism or cheating?

If a student submits an assignment that contains work that is not their own, without indicating this to the marker (acknowledging your sources), they are committing ‘plagiarism’ and this is an offence.

Submitting work that has been done by someone else and persistent borrowing of other people’s work without citation are obvious instances of plagiarism and are regarded as cheating. Copying answers from social networking sites is cheating. Paying for work from other sources and submitting it as your own is also cheating. It is intellectually dishonest to cheat and thus give one student an unfair advantage over others.

Passing on an assignment to others, with the knowledge that another student may plagiarise the assignment will also lead to a penalty.

The policy includes a description of the use of text comparison software by the University.

Children and vulnerable/ protected adults at the OU: policy for ensuring safety

The Open University is open to all. This includes children and young people who are under 18 and vulnerable/protected adults and adults at risk. In line with current legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the University recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for the above groups for their studies or employment, and, by working with appropriate external agencies, is committed to ensure that they are safeguarded and protected from harm.

Classification of honours degree

The honours degree classification process is explained, and threshold scores are given for the different categories of honours degree.  Two worked examples show how the process is applied to individual student records.

Code of Practice - freedom of information

The key aim of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) is to provide legal rights for the public and to place legal duties on public authorities in order to promote a culture of openness.  This code of practice explains the two main responsibilities of the University under the FoIA, how information will be shared and what information is exempt.

Code of Practice for Student Assessment

This document is part of the student regulations which apply to all students of the OU.

These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between the student and us. Students who register for a specific academic qualification from the University are also governed by our qualification regulations which deal with registering for a qualification, completing a qualification and other matters about qualifications. The detailed assessment rules for each module appear separately as module rules.

Code of Practice for Student Discipline

Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.

Code on personal relationships between staff and students

In line with the OU's Equality and Diversity Strategy, all members of staff and all students should take note of this Code and should adhere to it in cases where personal relationships may cause a conflict of interest.

This might arise when a member of OU staff is responsible for the admission, teaching or assessment of a student with whom they have a personal relationship that brings with it obligations, benefits or dependencies.

Commercialisation, intellectual property

The policy documents covering intellectual property and commercialisation are currently being revised. For more information on the policy covering intellectual property and commercialisation, contact innovation-enterprise@open.ac.uk or phone 01908 659783.

Complaints and Appeals Procedure (Welsh)

Mae'r Gweithdrefnau Cwynion ac Apeliadau i Fyfyrwyr yn eich galluogi i dynnu sylw'r Brifysgol at faterion sy'n peri pryder o ran eich profiad dysgu neu benderfyniadau sy'n gysylltiedig â'ch mynediad at ddysgu neu'ch profiad dysgu, ac yn darparu dulliau o ddatrys y pryderon hynny.

NODER: Os ydych yn fyfyriwr anabl ac yn dymuno cael copi o'r weithdrefn hon mewn fformat amgen, cysylltwch â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr. Dylech hefyd gysylltu â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr os hoffech drafod unrhyw addasiadau rhesymol i'r gweithdrefnau hyn er mwyn ystyried eich anabledd ac unrhyw gymorth ychwanegol y gallai fod ei angen arnoch er mwyn codi a bwrw ymlaen â'ch cwyn neu'ch apêl oherwydd eich anabledd.

Complaints and Appeals Procedure - Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure

The Student Complaints and Appeals Procedures enable you to bring matters of concern about your learning experience or decisions relating to your access to learning or your learning experience to the attention of the University, and provides mechanisms through which those concerns may be resolved.

NOTE: If you are a disabled student and you would like to receive this procedure in an alternative format please contact the Student Casework Office. You should also contact the Student Casework Office if you wish to discuss any reasonable adjustments to these procedures to take into account your disability and any additional support you may need in raising and pursuing your complaint or appeal due to your disability.

Complaints, OUSA - Procedure for Complaints about The OU Students Association (OUSA)

The procedure for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of OUSA’s operation or services is available from the ‘Download Resources’ area of the OUSA website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

The procedure, required under Section 22 (m) of the Education Act 1994, for an independent person appointed by the Open University Council to investigate and report on complaints against OUSA, is set out in Section 5 of the Student Complaints and Appeals procedure.

 

Computing health and safety advice

This is Appendix 1 of the OU Student Computing Policy  and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides suggestions for setting up your computer and working safely.

Computing policy , students

This document sets out the University’s Student Computing Policy which includes Health and Safety advice for using your computer, our principles for online communication, guidance on using social networking tools, and the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content.

Appendix 1: Using your computer safely

Appendix 2: The Open University Online Communicaitons Principles

Appendix 3: Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

Appendix 4: Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools, and content

Computing: software, tools and content: terms and conditions governing the use of

This is Appendix 4 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix sets out the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content. By accepting a place on an OU module or otherwise using OU computing facilities, you have given a legal undertaking to comply in full with these terms and conditions.

Conditions of Registration

These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University. Click on the link for the academic year in which you started to study that module:

2017/18 (For modules that started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules that started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
2014/15 (For modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Continuing your studies

If you have studied with us before and you are now continuing your studies, or if you are coming back to study something else

This section applies to study that continues in the academic year 2017-2018 (modules starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)

Studying a further module towards your current qualification

This section applies to you if you are continuing your study towards an existing Open University taught qualification that you are currently registered for or have declared, such as a certificate (Cert. HE), diploma (Dip. HE), bachelor’s degree (BA, BEd, BSc or LLB) or masters degree (MA, MEd, MEng, MSc).

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Additional Year of Discounted Fees) 2017/18 (243KB) - This document is for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 and are eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals (show/hide)
    • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
    • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (164KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification, and this version of the document continues to apply in the Academic Year 2016/17 if you are a student in England or outside of the UK receiving transitional fee arrangements and in the Academic Year 2017/18 if you are a student receiving an additional year of discounted fees.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking (show/hide)

    The Assessment banking rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation o fthe same module, and completed the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'.

    • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - Please note that this version of the policy applies to students resident in England or outside of the UK who ARE NOT RECEIVING transitional fee arrangements.
    • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (undergraduate students on transitional fee arrangements only) - Please note that this version of the policy continues to apply in 2016/17 for students resident in England or outside of the UK who ARE RECEIVING transitional fee arrangements and continues to apply in 2017/18 for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.
Registering for a new qualification

This section applies if either:

  • You are starting study towards a new Open University taught qualification.
  • You want to count credit from a previously studied module towards an Open University taught qualification.
  • You want both to count credit from a previously studied module and to take further study towards an Open University taught qualification.
  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (194KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB)- This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a module as a standalone course

This section applies to you if you are registering to study a credit bearing module and you do not intend, at the moment, to count that credit towards an Open University qualification.

[If you do intend to count your credit towards a qualification and you have not yet registered for or declared that qualification, we recommend that you do so as early as possible so that you will receive all the relevant information and support to help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us if you wish to discuss or change your registration.]

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a short course

This section applies to you if you are studying a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus

Continuation registration for a research degree

This section applies to you if you are studying for an Open University research degree and registering for a further year of study.

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.

Data protection

Personal information held by the University, and the purposes for which it is used.

For more information, see How the OU uses student data.

Data retention, alumni - Policy on the Retention of Alumni Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Data retention, students - Policy on the Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data. The university Retention Schedule sets out the agreed timeframe for the retention of all student personal data and records.

Deferrals, Withdrawals and Cancellations

These documents explain the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements, and also continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements. It continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

Degree classification, honours - Working out your class of honours

The honours degree classification process is explained, and threshold scores are given for the different categories of honours degree.  Two worked examples show how the process is applied to individual student records.

Disability - The Open University Equality Scheme

Our vision and principles remain at the heart of our Equality Scheme, with its stated aims being to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to promote and advance equality of opportunity, and to promote and foster good relations between people.  The Equality Scheme informs staff, students and other stakeholders about the University’s legal duties, individual responsibilities and arrangements for managing different aspects of equality.

The link takes you to the Equality and Diversity area, where you can find the full Equality Scheme 2016-2020, the University’s associated objectives and the action plan.

Discipline - Code of Practice for Student Discipline

Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.

Discrimination, age - Admission of applicants under the age of 18

This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.

Certain terminology relating to senior roles outlined in this policy will be updated shortly. This in no way invalidates the content or the meaning of the policy itself.

Education (no 2) Act 1986 - Open University Students Association - freedom of speech

Appendix 2 of the OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement sets out the Code of Practice required under Section 43 of the Education (no 2) Act 1986 relating to freedom of speech in so far as it is relevant to the activities and conduct of Open University Students Association.

Education Act 1994 – code of practice, student unions

The requirement, under Section 22 of the 1994 Education Act, for a code of practice which sets out the steps which the Open University Council is taking to secure that the Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances, is met by the OU-OUSA Relationship agreement.

Employability Policy Statement, Student

This policy outlines the University's approach to employability development for registered students and should be read in conjunction with the Careers Advisory Service statement of service provided by the University.

Equality - The Open University Equality Scheme

Our vision and principles remain at the heart of our Equality Scheme, with its stated aims being to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to promote and advance equality of opportunity, and to promote and foster good relations between people.  The Equality Scheme informs staff, students and other stakeholders about the University’s legal duties, individual responsibilities and arrangements for managing different aspects of equality.

The link takes you to the Equality and Diversity area, where you can find the full Equality Scheme 2016-2020, the University’s associated objectives and the action plan.

Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics Policy

This policy aims to set out how the University will use student data in an ethical way in order to shape the student support provided.  The policy is based around eight key principles, each of which is linked to particular aspects of learning analytics.

For more information, see How the OU uses student data.

Exceptional examination arrangements for non-disabled students

The Open University offers to provide additional examination arrangements for students who are carers for a disabled person, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who are disadvantaged as a result of a temporary illness or accident. 

Fee Rules

These documents sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.

Fee Rules 2017/18
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for an Additional Year of Discounted Fees, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters’ degree.
  • Fee Rules (Additional Year of Discounted Fees) 2017/18 (243KB) for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 and are eligible for an Additional Year of Discounted Fees.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate Study) 2017/18(194KB) for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
Fee Rules 2016/17
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2016/17 (410KB) for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters’ degree.
  • Fee Rules (Transitional Arrangements) 2016/17 (206KB) for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 and are eligible for transitional arrangements.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate Study) 2016/17(194KB) for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
Fee Rules 2015/16
Fee Rules 2014/15
Fee Rules 2013/14
Fee Rules 2012/13

Fitness to Practise

This is the procedure to be followed in regard to the professional programmes offered by the Open University where the regulatory bodies involved require the University to say that the student is not only academically qualified to practise, but also suitable or fit to practise in that profession.  It sets out the procedures to be followed to determine whether there is a cause for concern and if so, whether it is of such seriousness that the Fitness to Practise procedure should be invoked, or whether the concerns can be addressed by supporting and managing the student.

Fraud

The purpose of this policy is to provide a definition of fraud and define authority levels, responsibilities for action, and reporting lines in the event of suspected, attempted or actual fraud or irregularity perpetrated by an individual against the University.

Freedom of Academic Principles Statement

This is a University statement of academic freedom principles. It ensures that the OU community has a common understanding of what academic freedom means for the University, and the responsibilities that come with that freedom. 

Freedom of Information Code of Practice

The key aim of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) is to provide legal rights for the public and to place legal duties on public authorities in order to promote a culture of openness.  This code of practice explains the two main responsibilities of the University under the FoIA, how information will be shared and what information is exempt.

Freedom of speech - Open University Students Association - Education (no 2) Act 1986 -

Appendix 2 of the OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement sets out the Code of Practice required under Section 43 of the Education (no 2) Act 1986 relating to freedom of speech in so far as it is relevant to the activities and conduct of Open University Students Association.

Graduate School Network

The Graduate School Network (GSN) contains the essential documents for research students, for all stages of your registration from induction through to graduation.  Here you can find all the forms to support your studies, for example progress report templates, probation assessment forms, and forms to request financial support or suspension of your studies, as well as guidelines on probation, examination and other processes.  News and information relevant to research students is updated regularly.  The GSN is also your portal to training and development resources, the Vitae Research Developer Framework planning tool, and online skills development modules.

To visit the Graduate School Network, visit www.open.ac.uk/students/research.

Our student handbooks tell you about the services available to you, the regulations and terms and conditions that apply to research degree students, and provde advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

If you are registered directly with The Open University, your handbook is at http://www3.open.ac.uk/res-handbook/.

If you are registered with The Open University through the ARC (Affiliated Research Centre) programme, your handbook is at http://www3.open.ac.uk/arc-handbook/index.shtml.

Guidance: Information, advice and guidance - statement of service

The OU offers impartial advice for prospective, past and current students on a variety of topics, including: support during your studies, advice on qualifications and modules, and services offered to enable you to study effectively if you have a disability or additional requirement.

Guidance: Information, advice and guidance policy

This document sets out our policy on delivering information, advice and guidance to prospective, past and current students.

Harassment - Student Code for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment

This code applies to all forms of bullying and harassment occurring in OU contexts, including residential schools, tutorials, day schools and research supervision sessions.  Part 1 sets out the policy and Part 2 covers the procedures for making a complaint, and how complaints should be handled.

Cases of alleged serious criminal offence, such as physical and sexual assault, must be immediately reported to the police. In such cases the University will take no action under this code (other than suspension, if considered necessary) until the outcome of any criminal investigation is known.

Health and safety: Advice for using your computer

This is Appendix 1 of the OU Student Computing Policy  and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides suggestions for setting up your computer and working safely.

Honours degree classification - Working out your class of honours

The honours degree classification process is explained, and threshold scores are given for the different categories of honours degree.  Two worked examples show how the process is applied to individual student records.

Information - Freedom of Information Code of Practice

The key aim of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) is to provide legal rights for the public and to place legal duties on public authorities in order to promote a culture of openness.  This code of practice explains the two main responsibilities of the University under the FoIA, how information will be shared and what information is exempt.

Information, advice and guidance - statement of service

The OU offers impartial advice for prospective, past and current students on a variety of topics, including: support during your studies, advice on qualifications and modules, and services offered to enable you to study effectively if you have a disability or additional requirement.

Information, advice and guidance policy

This document sets out our policy on delivering information, advice and guidance to prospective, past and current students.

Intellectual property and commercialisation

The Commercialisation Handbook describes and explains relevant aspects of research commercialisation at the OU and briefly illustrates what Intellectual Property is, why it is important and how the Research Strategy and Quality Office will support this area. 

The Research and Enterprise Intellectual Property Policy sets out The Open University’s position on the development, protection, exploitation and ownership of Research Intellectual Property (IP), by which is meant IP that arises from all types of scholarship and is not copyright in teaching activities.  The policy applies to full or part-time students studying for a research degree under a student agreement (‘research students’) and all ‘employees’ of the University including academic staff, academic related staff, research staff, support staff and visiting, honorary and emeritus role holders and personnel in collaborating organisations who are under an OU contract of employment, signed agreement or letter of appointment. Research data, except that related to patents, is not covered by this policy.  Copyright in Teaching Activities is not covered by this policy and reference should be made to Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS) for guidance in this respect.

For more information on the policy covering intellectual property and commercialisation, contact innovation-enterprise@open.ac.uk or telephone 01908-659783.

Library Services Statement of Service

This is a statement of what students can expect from Library Services; introducing students to the OU Library’s mission and giving students guidance on what is available and how to get best use of the services in order to support their learning.

 

New to OU study

If this is the first time you have registered to study with The Open University

This section applies to study that starts during the academic year 2017-2018 (modules starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)

Registering for a qualification

This section applies if you are starting your study towards an Open University taught qualification, such as a certificate (Cert. HE), diploma (Dip. HE), bachelor’s degree (BA, BEd, BSc or LLB) or masters degree (MA, MEd, MEng, MSc).

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a module as a standalone course

This section applies if you are registering to study a credit bearing module and you do not intend, at the moment, to count that credit towards an Open University qualification.

[If you do intend to count your credit towards a qualification and you have not yet registered for or declared that qualification, we recommend that you do so as early as possible so that you will receive all the relevant information and support to help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us if you wish to discuss or change your registration.]

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a short course

This section applies to you if you are studying a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus

Registering for a research degree

This section applies to you if you are studying for an Open University research degree, this will be either a PhD, an MPhil, an EdD or an MRes.

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.

Open University Students Association

Open University Students Association Documents

For information about the Open University Students Association please visit the OU Students Association website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/.

Open University Students Association documents are available from the Download Resources area of the website.

Open University Students Association – Relationship Agreement

The OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and OU Students Association will work together:

  1. Under our Student Charter principle, to secure the University’s mission (being open to people, places, methods and ideas) and to promote the University’s values (being inclusive, innovative and responsive).

  2. To support Open University Students Association’s objectives for the advancement of OU students’ education, set out in the Open University Students Association Constitution

  3. To ensure that Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner, and is accountable for its finances.

The OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement complies with the statutory requirements for the Code of Practice under section 22(3) of the Education Act 1994.

Open University Students Association (OUSA) - Education Act 1994 - code of practice, student unions

The requirement, under Section 22 of the 1994 Education Act, for a code of practice which sets out the steps which the Open University Council is taking to secure that the Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances, is met by the OU-OUSA Relationship agreement.

Open University Students Association (OUSA), procedure for complaints about

The procedure for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of OUSA’s operation or services is available from the ‘Download Resources’ area of the OUSA website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

The procedure, required under Section 22 (m) of the Education Act 1994, for an independent person appointed by the Open University Council to investigate and report on complaints against OUSA, is set out in Section 5 of the Student Complaints and Appeals procedure.

 

Open University Students Association - Education (no 2) Act 1986 - freedom of speech

Appendix 2 of the OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement sets out the Code of Practice required under Section 43 of the Education (no 2) Act 1986 relating to freedom of speech in so far as it is relevant to the activities and conduct of Open University Students Association.

Open University Students Association - Relationship Agreement

The OU-OUSA Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and Open University Students Association will work together:

  1. Under our Student Charter principle, to secure the University’s mission (being open to people, places, methods and ideas) and to promote the University’s values (being inclusive, innovative and responsive).

  2. To support Open University Students Association’s objectives for the advancement of OU students’ education, set out in the Open University Students Association Constitution

  3. To ensure that Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner, and is accountable for its finances.

The OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement complies with the statutory requirements for the Code of Practice under section 22(3) of the Education Act 1994.

Personal relationships - Code on personal relationships between staff and students

In line with the OU's Equality and Diversity Strategy, all members of staff and all students should take note of this Code and should adhere to it in cases where personal relationships may cause a conflict of interest.

This might arise when a member of OU staff is responsible for the admission, teaching or assessment of a student with whom they have a personal relationship that brings with it obligations, benefits or dependencies.

Plagiarism Policy

If a student submits an assignment that contains work that is not their own, without indicating this to the marker (acknowledging your sources), they are committing ‘plagiarism’ and this is an offence.

Submitting work that has been done by someone else and persistent borrowing of other people’s work without citation are obvious instances of plagiarism and are regarded as cheating. Copying answers from social networking sites is cheating. Paying for work from other sources and submitting it as your own is also cheating. It is intellectually dishonest to cheat and thus give one student an unfair advantage over others.

Passing on an assignment to others, with the knowledge that another student may plagiarise the assignment will also lead to a penalty.

The policy includes a description of the use of text comparison software by the University.

Policy for ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable/ protected adults at The OU

The Open University is open to all. This includes children and young people who are under 18 and vulnerable/protected adults and adults at risk. In line with current legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the University recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for the above groups for their studies or employment, and, by working with appropriate external agencies, is committed to ensure that they are safeguarded and protected from harm.

Policy on the Retention of Alumni Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Policy on the Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data. The university Retention Schedule sets out the agreed timeframe for the retention of all student personal data and records.

Policy, computing

This document sets out the University’s Student Computing Policy which includes Health and Safety advice for using your computer, our principles for online communication, guidance on using social networking tools, and the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content.

Appendix 1: Using your computer safely

Appendix 2: The Open University Online Communicaitons Principles

Appendix 3: Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

Appendix 4: Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools, and content

Prevent Principles

As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies through the provision of learning and research and the protection of academic freedom and promotion of free speech, debate and liberal values. Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism is synonymous with our concern for student and staff welfare and wellbeing. These factors and other important aspects of our response are contained in a set of OU Prevent Principles agreed by The Council November 2015.

The OU has taken steps to meet the requirements of the legislation by identifying where the risks of people being drawn into terrorism might arise and by amending policies and procedures to address these risks.

If you are a student, a member of staff or an associate of the University and you believe that you are being targeted in any way to being drawn into extremism or to being radicalised or you observe this occurring in any Open University environment, please contact the OU Prevent Co-ordinator for confidential advice on how to deal with the matter.

Preventing terrorism

As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies through the provision of learning and research and the protection of academic freedom and promotion of free speech, debate and liberal values. Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism is synonymous with our concern for student and staff welfare and wellbeing. These factors and other important aspects of our response are contained in a set of OU Prevent Principles agreed by The Council November 2015.

The OU has taken steps to meet the requirements of the legislation by identifying where the risks of people being drawn into terrorism might arise and by amending policies and procedures to address these risks.

If you are a student, a member of staff or an associate of the University and you believe that you are being targeted in any way to being drawn into extremism or to being radicalised or you observe this occurring in any Open University environment, please contact the OU Prevent Co-ordinator for confidential advice on how to deal with the matter.

Previous registration policies

If you want to look up policy documents from earlier years’ study

This section applies if you wish to see the rules and regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which began before 1 August 2017, or to a module/qualification you have completed.

To see the regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which started before 1 August 2017, click on the link for 2016/17. If you have not yet completed a module you started before 1 August 2016, you should still use the link for 2016/17.

To see the module regulations for a completed module, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module.

To see the qualification regulations for a qualification which you have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you completed your final module for that qualification. If you completed your qualification with an award of credit transfer click on the link for the academic year in which the credit transfer was awarded.

2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2016/17 (410KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2016/17 (194KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Conditions of Registration 2015/16 (299KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2015/16 (351KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee credits you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking (show/hide)

    The Assessment banking rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation o fthe same module, and completed the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
  • Conditions of Registration 2014/15 (205KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2014/15 (708KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2014/15 (231KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2014/15 (251KB) - The Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2013/14 (228KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2012/13 (245KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.

Procedure for Complaints about The OU Students Association (OUSA)

The procedure for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of OUSA’s operation or services is available from the ‘Download Resources’ area of the OUSA website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

The procedure, required under Section 22 (m) of the Education Act 1994, for an independent person appointed by the Open University Council to investigate and report on complaints against OUSA, is set out in Section 5 of the Student Complaints and Appeals procedure.

 

Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing)

This Public Interest Disclosure policy provides guidance to staff and students wishing to raise their reasonable suspicions about irregularities in the running of the University or of the activities of colleagues within the University.  It is in line with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and explains what steps can be taken if there are any concerns.

The guidance does not replace the University’s existing policies and procedures in relation to grievances, harassment, disciplinary matters or student complaints. Further information is given about situations where injustices or discrimination affect an individual personally, or where there is suspected fraud or financial irregularities.

Registration: Conditions of Registration

These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University. Click on the link for the academic year in which you started to study that module:

2017/18 (For modules that started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules that started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
2014/15 (For modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Regulations

These regulations, together with the Conditions of Registration, define the basis of the academic relationship between the student and the University.

To see the regulations that apply to a module or qualification you are currently studying for, or have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module:

2017/18 (For modules which started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) These regulations were approved in January 2016 to replace and update the separate Student Regulations, Module Regulations and General Qualification Regulations and apply to your study in the academic year 2015/16 and to continuing study in subsequent academic years.

If you wish to refer to the previous versions of the separate regulations please click on the links below.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Relationship Agreement - Open University Students Association

The OU-OUSA Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and Open University Students Association will work together:

  1. Under our Student Charter principle, to secure the University’s mission (being open to people, places, methods and ideas) and to promote the University’s values (being inclusive, innovative and responsive).

  2. To support Open University Students Association’s objectives for the advancement of OU students’ education, set out in the Open University Students Association Constitution

  3. To ensure that Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner, and is accountable for its finances.

The OU-OU Students Association Relationship Agreement complies with the statutory requirements for the Code of Practice under section 22(3) of the Education Act 1994.

Relationships - Code on personal relationships between staff and students

In line with the OU's Equality and Diversity Strategy, all members of staff and all students should take note of this Code and should adhere to it in cases where personal relationships may cause a conflict of interest.

This might arise when a member of OU staff is responsible for the admission, teaching or assessment of a student with whom they have a personal relationship that brings with it obligations, benefits or dependencies.

Research Degree Regulations

The Reseach Degree Regulations apply to all students registered on one of the following Research Degree Programmes:

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional Doctorates
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Published Work
  • Higher Doctorate

These regulations are the definitive statement on the regulatory framework governing Research Degrees at The Open University. Please read them carefully.

The regulations for Professional Doctorates and the Masters by Research remain unchanged. These can be found in the Research Degrees student handbook.

Research Degrees Handbook

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your research degree studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.

Research students, Graduate School Network

The Graduate School Network (GSN) contains the essential documents for research students, for all stages of your registration from induction through to graduation.  Here you can find all the forms to support your studies, for example progress report templates, probation assessment forms, and forms to request financial support or suspension of your studies, as well as guidelines on probation, examination and other processes.  News and information relevant to research students is updated regularly.  The GSN is also your portal to training and development resources, the Vitae Research Developer Framework planning tool, and online skills development modules.

To visit the Graduate School Network, visit www.open.ac.uk/students/research.

Our student handbooks tell you about the services available to you, the regulations and terms and conditions that apply to research degree students, and provde advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

If you are registered directly with The Open University, your handbook is at http://www3.open.ac.uk/res-handbook/.

If you are registered with The Open University through the ARC (Affiliated Research Centre) programme, your handbook is at http://www3.open.ac.uk/arc-handbook/index.shtml.

Retention of data, alumni - Policy on the Retention of Alumni Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Retention of data, students - Policy on the Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data. The university Retention Schedule sets out the agreed timeframe for the retention of all student personal data and records.

Safeguarding: policy for ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable/ protected adults at The OU

The Open University is open to all. This includes children and young people who are under 18 and vulnerable/protected adults and adults at risk. In line with current legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the University recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for the above groups for their studies or employment, and, by working with appropriate external agencies, is committed to ensure that they are safeguarded and protected from harm.

Software, tools and content- terms and conditions governing the use of

This is Appendix 4 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix sets out the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content. By accepting a place on an OU module or otherwise using OU computing facilities, you have given a legal undertaking to comply in full with these terms and conditions.

Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom

This is a University statement of academic freedom principles. It ensures that the OU community has a common understanding of what academic freedom means for the University, and the responsibilities that come with that freedom. 

Statement of service - Careers and Employability Services

An outline of the advice and guidance available from Careers and Employability Services, whose mission is to empower OU students to recognise their potential and achieve their personal, educational or career goals in the changing world of work and lifelong learning. 

Statement of service - information, advice and guidance

The OU offers impartial advice for prospective, past and current students on a variety of topics, including: support during your studies, advice on qualifications and modules, and services offered to enable you to study effectively if you have a disability or additional requirement.

Statement of Service - Library Services

This is a statement of what students can expect from Library Services; introducing students to the OU Library’s mission and giving students guidance on what is available and how to get best use of the services in order to support their learning.

 

Statement of Service - Tutor Support

This statement was written for students, to expand on aspects of the Student Charter which relate to the relationship between students and their tutors.

Student assessment - Code of Practice for Student Assessment

This document is part of the student regulations which apply to all students of the OU.

These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between the student and us. Students who register for a specific academic qualification from the University are also governed by our qualification regulations which deal with registering for a qualification, completing a qualification and other matters about qualifications. The detailed assessment rules for each module appear separately as module rules.

Student association, complaints - Procedure for Complaints about The OU Students Association (OUSA)

The procedure for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of OUSA’s operation or services is available from the ‘Download Resources’ area of the OUSA website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

The procedure, required under Section 22 (m) of the Education Act 1994, for an independent person appointed by the Open University Council to investigate and report on complaints against OUSA, is set out in Section 5 of the Student Complaints and Appeals procedure.

 

Student Charter

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the OU Students Association, sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other. It is a declaration of values rather than a rule book. It describes the way in which the members of the OU - staff and students - should work together so that everyone can benefit.

Student Code for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment

This code applies to all forms of bullying and harassment occurring in OU contexts, including residential schools, tutorials, day schools and research supervision sessions.  Part 1 sets out the policy and Part 2 covers the procedures for making a complaint, and how complaints should be handled.

Cases of alleged serious criminal offence, such as physical and sexual assault, must be immediately reported to the police. In such cases the University will take no action under this code (other than suspension, if considered necessary) until the outcome of any criminal investigation is known.

Student Complaints about The Open University as a Credit Broker

OUSBA is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Open University and therefore the University is licensed with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Credit Broker. This means we can introduce you to OUSBA. We must, however, do so responsibly and in accordance with the FCA regulations.  If you believe you have been misadvised or misled during the introduction to OUSBA then you should make a formal complaint using this procedure.

Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure

The Student Complaints and Appeals Procedures enable you to bring matters of concern about your learning experience or decisions relating to your access to learning or your learning experience to the attention of the University, and provides mechanisms through which those concerns may be resolved.

NOTE: If you are a disabled student and you would like to receive this procedure in an alternative format please contact the Student Casework Office. You should also contact the Student Casework Office if you wish to discuss any reasonable adjustments to these procedures to take into account your disability and any additional support you may need in raising and pursuing your complaint or appeal due to your disability.

Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure (Welsh)

Mae'r Gweithdrefnau Cwynion ac Apeliadau i Fyfyrwyr yn eich galluogi i dynnu sylw'r Brifysgol at faterion sy'n peri pryder o ran eich profiad dysgu neu benderfyniadau sy'n gysylltiedig â'ch mynediad at ddysgu neu'ch profiad dysgu, ac yn darparu dulliau o ddatrys y pryderon hynny.

NODER: Os ydych yn fyfyriwr anabl ac yn dymuno cael copi o'r weithdrefn hon mewn fformat amgen, cysylltwch â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr. Dylech hefyd gysylltu â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr os hoffech drafod unrhyw addasiadau rhesymol i'r gweithdrefnau hyn er mwyn ystyried eich anabledd ac unrhyw gymorth ychwanegol y gallai fod ei angen arnoch er mwyn codi a bwrw ymlaen â'ch cwyn neu'ch apêl oherwydd eich anabledd.

Student Computing Policy

This document sets out the University’s Student Computing Policy which includes Health and Safety advice for using your computer, our principles for online communication, guidance on using social networking tools, and the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content.

Appendix 1: Using your computer safely

Appendix 2: The Open University Online Communicaitons Principles

Appendix 3: Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

Appendix 4: Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools, and content

Student Computing Policy - Appendix 1: Using your computer safely

This is Appendix 1 of the OU Student Computing Policy  and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides suggestions for setting up your computer and working safely.

Student Computing Policy - Appendix 2: The Open University Online Communications Principles

This is Appendix 2 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix sets out OU online communications principles which describe how OU staff and students should work together online to support learning, research, administration and participation in all aspects of the University community.

Student Computing Policy - Appendix 3: Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

This is Appendix 3 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides guidance which applies to students who use social media, for example Facebook or Twitter.

Student Computing Policy - Appendix 4: Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content

This is Appendix 4 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix sets out the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content. By accepting a place on an OU module or otherwise using OU computing facilities, you have given a legal undertaking to comply in full with these terms and conditions.

Student data and records - Policy on the Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data. The university Retention Schedule sets out the agreed timeframe for the retention of all student personal data and records.

Student discipline - Code of Practice for Student Discipline

Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.

Student Employability Policy Statement

This policy outlines the University's approach to employability development for registered students and should be read in conjunction with the Careers Advisory Service statement of service provided by the University.

Student Pregnancy and Maternity: Policy and Guidance

This document outlines the policy and guidance that applies to students who are might need support because their study is affected by pregnancy, maternity, paternity, adoption, fostering or in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Student registration: Conditions of Registration

These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University. Click on the link for the academic year in which you started to study that module:

2017/18 (For modules that started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules that started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
2014/15 (For modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Student Regulations

These regulations, together with the Conditions of Registration, define the basis of the academic relationship between the student and the University.

To see the regulations that apply to a module or qualification you are currently studying for, or have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module:

2017/18 (For modules which started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) These regulations were approved in January 2016 to replace and update the separate Student Regulations, Module Regulations and General Qualification Regulations and apply to your study in the academic year 2015/16 and to continuing study in subsequent academic years.

If you wish to refer to the previous versions of the separate regulations please click on the links below.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)

Student Religion and Belief: Policy and Guidance

This policy outlines the support available to students whose religion or beliefs may have an impact on their studies.

Student unions, code of practice - Education Act 1994

The requirement, under Section 22 of the 1994 Education Act, for a code of practice which sets out the steps which the Open University Council is taking to secure that the Open University Students Association operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances, is met by the OU-OUSA Relationship agreement.

Suitability/Fitness to Practise

This is the procedure to be followed in regard to the professional programmes offered by the Open University where the regulatory bodies involved require the University to say that the student is not only academically qualified to practise, but also suitable or fit to practise in that profession.  It sets out the procedures to be followed to determine whether there is a cause for concern and if so, whether it is of such seriousness that the Fitness to Practise procedure should be invoked, or whether the concerns can be addressed by supporting and managing the student.

The Open University Online Communications Principles

This is Appendix 2 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix sets out OU online communications principles which describe how OU staff and students should work together online to support learning, research, administration and participation in all aspects of the University community.

Transgender Students Policy and Guidance

This document outlines the policy and guidance that applies to current and former students who inform the University that they have made, or intend to make, the transition to living full time in a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. OU staff should be familiar with this document when supporting transgender students.

Transitional fees

These documents sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.

Fee Rules 2017/18
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for an Additional Year of Discounted Fees, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters’ degree.
  • Fee Rules (Additional Year of Discounted Fees) 2017/18 (243KB) for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 and are eligible for an Additional Year of Discounted Fees.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate Study) 2017/18(194KB) for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
Fee Rules 2016/17
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2016/17 (410KB) for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters’ degree.
  • Fee Rules (Transitional Arrangements) 2016/17 (206KB) for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 and are eligible for transitional arrangements.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate Study) 2016/17(194KB) for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
Fee Rules 2015/16
Fee Rules 2014/15
Fee Rules 2013/14
Fee Rules 2012/13

Tutor (Associate Lecturer) Support Statement

This statement was written for students, to expand on aspects of the Student Charter which relate to the relationship between students and their tutors.

Under the age of 18, admission of applicants

This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.

Certain terminology relating to senior roles outlined in this policy will be updated shortly. This in no way invalidates the content or the meaning of the policy itself.

Using Social Media

This is Appendix 3 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides guidance which applies to students who use social media, for example Facebook or Twitter.

Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

This is Appendix 3 of the OU Student Computing Policy and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides guidance which applies to students who use social media, for example Facebook or Twitter.

Welsh version - Our Student Complaints and Appeals Procedure

Mae'r Gweithdrefnau Cwynion ac Apeliadau i Fyfyrwyr yn eich galluogi i dynnu sylw'r Brifysgol at faterion sy'n peri pryder o ran eich profiad dysgu neu benderfyniadau sy'n gysylltiedig â'ch mynediad at ddysgu neu'ch profiad dysgu, ac yn darparu dulliau o ddatrys y pryderon hynny.

NODER: Os ydych yn fyfyriwr anabl ac yn dymuno cael copi o'r weithdrefn hon mewn fformat amgen, cysylltwch â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr. Dylech hefyd gysylltu â'r Swyddfa Gwaith Achos Myfyrwyr os hoffech drafod unrhyw addasiadau rhesymol i'r gweithdrefnau hyn er mwyn ystyried eich anabledd ac unrhyw gymorth ychwanegol y gallai fod ei angen arnoch er mwyn codi a bwrw ymlaen â'ch cwyn neu'ch apêl oherwydd eich anabledd.

Whistleblowing - Public Interest Disclosure Policy

This Public Interest Disclosure policy provides guidance to staff and students wishing to raise their reasonable suspicions about irregularities in the running of the University or of the activities of colleagues within the University.  It is in line with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and explains what steps can be taken if there are any concerns.

The guidance does not replace the University’s existing policies and procedures in relation to grievances, harassment, disciplinary matters or student complaints. Further information is given about situations where injustices or discrimination affect an individual personally, or where there is suspected fraud or financial irregularities.

Withdrawals, Deferrals and Cancellations

These documents explain the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements, and also continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.

The Assessment Banking Rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'. To see the rules that apply to you, click on the link for the academic year in which the standalone module or the relevant module within a qualification you are studying started:

Please note the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 continues to apply in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who are receiving transitional fee arrangements. It continues to apply in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.

Working out your class of honours

The honours degree classification process is explained, and threshold scores are given for the different categories of honours degree.  Two worked examples show how the process is applied to individual student records.

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