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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:

2018/19 (For modules which started between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019)
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)

Accessibility Policy, Student

The Open University Student Accessibility Policy confirms the OU’s approach to promoting accessibility and ensuring that all of our students are effectively supported in achieving success in Higher Education.

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.


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.


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.