Student Academic Progression
Student academic progression procedures are governed by the Coursework Policy 2014 available on the University Policy Register.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the academic progress of students in their award course is reliably and effectively monitored, and that systems are in place to promote early detection of, and provision of support to students who are not meeting progression requirements and are at risk of exclusion from their degree.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences runs an Academic Progression Report at the end of each semester to identify students who are making unsatisfactory progress in their degree. Please see the Coursework Policy 2014, also available on the Policy Register for information on the reasons a student may be placed on the Academic Progression Report.
Students appearing for the first time on the Academic Progression Report are placed on Stage 1. These students are contacted via their university email address and advised to attend a "Staying on Track" information session which will cover study skills and introduce students to learning and support services, counselling services and student associations. They will also be asked to complete a self-reflective "Staying on Track" survey. Further information about the "Staying on Track" information session and survey can be found on the Student Affairs Unit student academic progression webpage.
Students enrolled in a degree program of more than three years duration who appear on the Academic Progression Report for a second time move to Stage 2 of the process. Students on Stage 2 will be asked to attend the Academic Progression Advice session.
Please note: Students who twice fail to complete a compulsory unit of study will automatically progress to Stage 3, and be asked to show good cause.
Please Note: Students enrolled in a program of less than 3 years duration. i.e. most postgraduate programs, pass directly from Stage 1 to Stage 3 - there is no intervening Stage 2 process. The Dean may use his discretion to place any student on Stage 3, where he is concerned about their academic progress.
Students appearing for a third time on the Academic Progression Report, that is those failing to make adequate academic progression in their studies, will be required to 'Show Good Cause' as to why they should be permitted to continue in their current studies. Students required to 'Show Good Cause' will be invited to provide in writing, with supporting documentation, any justifications or reasons why they should be allowed to continue in their studies, including detailing the circumstances that have adversely impacted on their studies and any steps taken to address these.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will consider each student's case and a decision will be made to either re-admit the student with conditions, or to exclude the student from further study. The Faculty may permit a student to show good cause more than once, and if cause is shown the student will remain on Stage 3.
Those excluded have a further avenue of appeal to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For further information regarding appeals against exclusion, please refer to the Student Appeals against Academic Decisions page of this online manual.
From November, 2010, where a student previously identified in an Academic Progression Report meets progression requirements for two consecutive semesters, they will be removed from the academic progression register.