Regulations

The Regulations contain principles and standards designed to control or govern conduct or provide direction at a more detailed level than Ordinances. They may be amended or augmented through the University’s own committee system and apply to all members of the University, including students. The Regulations are cohort-specific, this is explained further down the page.

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

University Regulations

The Regulations that apply to you, as a student, will depend upon the year in which you started your studies. Links to the University Regulation documents can be found in the 'Cohort Legislation' section below.

The University Regulations are split into the following sections: 

  • Section 1: Definitions and Interpretation - Gives definitions for the terms used in these Regulations and states how these Regulations should be interpreted
  • Section 2: Organisation and Governance - Sets out the Regulations governing conduct of Senate; organisation and conduct of College Assemblies and Staff/Student Committees; Student membership of committees; Staff membership of Principal Academic Units outside their own College; and title deeds and documents pertaining to the University
  • Section 3: Human Resources Matters - Sets out the Regulations to be followed relating to academic appointments, promotions and conferment of titles; award of honorary academic titles; exceptional and study leave from a University post; and patents and intellectual property rights
  • Section 4: Estates Matters - Sets out the Regulations concerning access to University property; use of vehicles on campus; proper use of notice boards and notices; and use of loudhailers
  • Section 5: Admission and Registration - Sets out the Regulations governing admission of Students to the University and the terms and obligations which apply to Registered Students
  • Section 6: Programmes of Study - Sets out the requirements, such as credit requirements and minimum/maximum duration, for all categories of Programmes of Study offered by the University
  • Section 7: Assessment, Progression and Award - Sets out the Regulations for assessing Registered Students; requirements for progression from one stage of a Programme of Study to the next; Regulations on the granting and calculation of awards; and the conduct of Degree Congregations
  • Section 8: Student Conduct - Sets out the principles and Regulations to be followed in cases of Student misconduct, including instances of misconduct which do not take place on University property
  • Section 9: Documents Supplementary to the University Legislation - Sets out the status and requirements of the Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance documents which supplement the University Legislation

Library Regulations

These set out the Regulations governing the use of Library Facilities including access and admission, use of facilities, behaviour in Libraries, and the terms and conditions under which items can be borrowed and must be returned. They are not cohort specific (i.e. the same Regulations apply to all students).

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).