Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance

Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance documents are supplementary to Regulations, setting out the procedures to be followed in specific areas.

The Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance documents that apply to you, as a student, will depend upon the year in which you started your studies, this is referred to as Cohort Legislation and is explained below. Links to the documents can be found in the 'Cohort Legislation' section below.

On occasion the University may update parts of University Legislation, but will only do so in certain circumstances, often with the express consent of the student cohort.  For more details of how this may happen please refer to the 'Policy on Consultation with Student on Major Changes'.

If you have any queries about University Legislation, please email legislationqueries@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Please note: for codes of practice relating to computer use, please visit the IT Services policies and procedures page.

Cohort Legislation

The University introduced ‘cohort legislation’ in 2017-18. This means that the Legislation that applies to you throughout your Programme of study depends upon your entry cohort, i.e. the year in which you started your studies.

For example:

  • If you entered the first year of your Programme in the 2016-17 academic session or prior to this, you will be subject to the 2016-17 legislation. This legislation will apply to you for the duration of your Programme of study.
  • If you entered the first year of your Programme in the 2017-18 academic session you will be subject to the 2017-18 legislation.  This legislation will apply to you for the duration of your Programme of study.
  • If you entered the first year of your Programme in the 2018-19 academic session you will be subject to the 2018-19 legislation.  This legislation will apply to you for the duration of your Programme of study.

Please note, if you are entering directly into a later year of a Programme, or transferring from one Programme to another, you will normally be subject to the same legislation as other students in your year. For example, if you enter directly into the 2nd year of a Programme in 2017-18 you will normally be subject to the 2016-17 legislation, so that you are subject to the same legislation as the majority of your peers (who will have entered in the 2016-17 session).

Peer Observation

All academics involved in teaching are observed and observe on a regular and systematic basis. For more information please visit the Peer Observation page.