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Reasonable adjustment - Open University Student Accessibility Policy

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.

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:

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

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)

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.

Replacement of Data Protection Policy

The Open University needs to collect and process personal data in order to provide services to students, manage its operations effectively, and meet legal requirements.

The University has a new Student Privacy Notice, which replaces the Data Protection Policy.

The Student Privacy notice sets out how we use your personal data. A summary document is provided for quick reference. 

For certain kinds of student, we carry out additional actions with their personal data. These are detailed in the following supplementary privacy notices

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

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.