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The following policies, procedures and guidance have been collated to provide applicants and students with easy access to the arrangements by which students’ studies and everyday student life, whilst at Harper Adams University, are governed.

These are updated regularly and apply to all students studying at Harper Adams University in all years of study. The detailed arrangements, which are accessible through the web links, are subject to periodic review, through approved decision making processes. These often involve committees which include student representation, although a small number are designated to staff members, by the Board of Governors.

The University reserves the right to make changes to these documents at any time if necessary, for example, it is required in order to: comply with changes to the law, governmental policy, guidance or to take account of a ruling by a court or similar body; comply with any changes required by the Office for Students or any successor or other relevant regulatory or funding body; implement new methods or improvements to the provision of services; to assist in the delivery of services; to incorporate good practice or sector guidance; to ensure fitness for purpose; to correct errors.

Such changes will normally be brought into effect for the following academic year, although it may be necessary to introduce changes earlier, for example, to comply with a change in the law or where the change is in the interests of students. The University will upload the updated version of the document to this webpage as soon as reasonably practicable.


  • Academic Appeals Policy - For requests to explain or review the assessment decisions of an assessment board, academic misconduct panel or placement panel. Access the editable version of the Stage 2 Formal Academic Appeal Form.
  • Academic Misconduct Policy - Guidance for instances of cheating, collusion or plagiarism in assessed work.
  • Academic Quality Assurance Manual - Manual intended to serve as a definitive source on arrangements for assuring the standards and enhancing the quality of the University's entire academic provision. Section 3, in particular, outlines how students are consulted on making changes to courses.
  • Acceptable Use Policy - Agreement within which users are permitted access to the University's Information Services
  • Access and Participation Plan - The Access and Participation Plan, as approved by the Office for Students, sets out our intended arrangements to support social mobility and to support access, on-course success and progression to employment for under-represented or disadvantaged groups. Read the plan for 2019/20 and the plan approved for 2020-25.
  • Accommodation Licence Agreement - Outlines the Conditions of Residence, dates of residency, deposit information, tenant responsibilities and arrangements should a student withdraw from study. This agreement also sets out the expectations we have of students living in University accommodation, generic damage charges and fines, deposits, ID card and key replacement charges.
  • Admissions Policy - Outlines the University's goal to provide equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of background, to gain admission to a course suited to their ability and aspirations. The policy also highlights the procedure for complaints about the handling of an admissions decision.
  • Assessment Arrangements - This document aims to provide a reference point for staff and students on the assessment arrangements operated at Harper Adams University. It reflects both approved policy and, for students whose studies are based at Harper Adams, also details the operational aspects, including how marks are awarded, the action a student should take if they are unsure why they have achieved a particular mark or if they wish to request a review of a provisional mark that has not been confirmed by an assessment board (which typically takes place at the end of the year for most students). This document has been developed in line with the National Union of Students’ principles for effective assessment and good feedback. It also reflects the guidance issued by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Assessment Regulations - Details the level of achievement that a student must satisfy in their assessments in order to qualify for progression to the next stage of their studies, including from placement, or for an award. These regulations are updated annually and published for the current academic session. For a copy of the previous year's Assessment Regulations please contact Steve Barnett.
  • Attendance Policy (Student Engagement and Attendance Management Policy) - This sets out the expectations of student attendance and specifies the procedures that will be followed where the level of an individual student’s attendance is unsatisfactory, and which might result in withdrawal from the University.
  • Collection of Student Debt Policy - Sets out the sanctions in place for students who do not make payments as agreed with the University
  • Community Charter - A vibrant academic community at Harper Adams requires a partnership between all those who contribute to University life. The charter outlines the general principles of this partnership and details how these will be enacted. Although not a legally binding contract, it acts as a statement of intention and expectation for students and staff members of the University. In addition to the statements in the Community Charter, Harper Adams University students and staff agree to operate in accord with the statements set out in the COVID-19 Responsibility Agreement which is an addendum to the Charter.
  • Complaints Procedure - The arrangements by which registered students may complain about a service provided by the University or a contractor appointed by the University. Access an editable version of the Stage 2 Formal Complaints Form.
  • Data Protection Policy - This includes details on the purposes for which personal data is held, the categories of data held, the safeguards in place, to whom data may be disclosed and students' and the University’s responsibilities with regard to data. The GDPR Layered Notice is also provided for your information.
  • Degree Outcomes Statement 2020 - This document provides an analysis of the University’s degree classification profile over the last five years. The content of this statement is based upon the guidance issued by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.
  • Disability (Learning, Teaching and Assessment Policy for Students with Disabilities and Guidance for Staff, Students and Applicants - The arrangements by which disabled students are supported and reasonable adjustments are considered in circumstances where the University’s inclusive learning, teaching and assessment arrangements are insufficient to take into account an individual’s disability. Applicants with a disability are encouraged to make early contact with the University’s Disability and Learner Support Manager, so that individual needs can be assessed and agreed in advance of enrolment.
  • Disruption and Anti-Social Behaviour in Teaching and Study Areas - This procedure outlines the arrangements in place for dealing with disruption and anti-social behaviour and referral to the Student Disciplinary Procedure.
  • Drugs and Alcohol Policy - This policy sets out the arrangements by which students who abuse drugs and / or alcohol are educated, supported and disciplined, as appropriate for their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Equality and Diversity Policy - This policy informs students of our approach (in general terms only) to Equality and Diversity, including our Single Equality Scheme arrangements. More information on the Policy or the Single Equality Scheme, can be obtained by emailing
  • Examination Rules - Specifies the arrangements by which examinations are organised and the expectations of student conduct, and includes the penalties applied when those expectations are contravened.
  • Fees and Charges 2019/20 - A guide to the charges all students may face relating to their time at the University, including university fees, accommodation and other course and activity related costs, provided with any offer of a University place.
  • Fees and Charges 2020/21 - A guide to the charges all students may face relating to their time at the University, including university fees, accommodation and other course and activity related costs, provided with any offer of a University place. The final (normally second) edition was released July / August 2020, immediately preceding the start of the next academic session.
  • Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedures for Veterinary Nurses - Guidance for students in relation to responsibilities and conduct, which must be demonstrated in their professional and private lives when they apply to enter the veterinary nursing profession.
  • Freedom of Speech, Academic Freedom and External Speaker Policy - Outlines the formal policies and procedures in place to secure freedom of speech and maintain academic freedom.
  • Health and Wellbeing Policy - Outlines the University's position on mental health support for students and the arrangements by which both mental and physical health concerns are considered in relation to a student's fitness to study. Also incorporates the assessment form used, where necessary, to review an individual’s fitness to study due to mental and other health related reasons.
  • How Student Fees are spent - All universities are encouraged to explain as transparently as possible to students their sources of income and how they spend their money. This document highlights the key areas where Harper Adams University generates income and incurs expenditure.
  • Inclusion (Guide to Inclusive Learning, Teaching and Assessment) - A guidance document which helps tutors to think about how teaching and supporting learning can best address the needs of a diverse student population. It provides guidance to encourage reflection and discussion. Some points are advisory, others are mandatory expectations.
  • Information Security Policy - Sets out appropriate measures through which the University will facilitate the secure and reliable flow of information, both within the University and in external communications.
  • Intellectual Property Policy - Outlines the way in which intellectual property (the production of original intellectual or creative activity) is dealt with at Harper Adams University.
  • Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy - The strategy document provides a reference point and information on all activities that enable and support a student's learning and teaching experience, including areas of ongoing development.
  • Mitigating Circumstances (Arrangements for Claiming Mitigating Circumstances) - Specifies the arrangements for requesting extensions to coursework deadlines, deferral of examination due to illness or other incapacity or requests for consideration of impact on student performance due to circumstances outside the control of the student. Access editable versions of the extension request form and the deferral/condonement request form.
  • Parking (Motor Vehicles, Car Parking Policy and Regulations) - Provides key information with regard to the expectations of students, staff and visitors with regards to driving and parking on site.
  • Placement Arrangements - In support of the University's excellent record for employment and graduate employability levels, all undergraduate degree courses at Harper Adams University are sandwich degrees and include a mandatory placement period. Harper Adams University has excellent links with industry, which are reinforced through these unique placement arrangements. More information on the detailed, current arrangements for a specific course, is available from the Placement Office which can provide a copy of the latest course-specific Placement Handbook on request.
  • Postponement (Guidance for students thinking about postponing their studies) - A comprehensive guide to the steps that a student needs to consider when wishing to postpone their studies, including the circumstances in which postponement is permitted, the need to provide independent supporting evidence of the circumstances which necessitate a postponement, the implications of postponing and who to speak to. Access an editable version of the Postponement Request Form.
  • Prevent Policy - This document sets out how the University implements its Prevent Duty. It should be read alongside the Safeguarding Policy.
  • Recording (Policy for Student Recording of Classes) - Sets out when classes can be recorded, and when they cannot. States the ways in which it is appropriate to use in-class recordings and particularly the expectations around storing and distributing recordings. This policy is relevant to staff and students.
  • Refund and Compensation Policy - Details the arrangements to refund University fees and other relevant costs to students and to provide compensation, where necessary, in the event that the University is no longer able to preserve continuation of study.
  • Safeguarding Policy - Sets out the arrangements by which children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded from harm and all members of the University community are protected from radicalisation.
  • Sexual Violence, Violent Behaviour, Harassment, Racism and Bullying Policy - Sets out the University’s commitment to foster a community of respectfulness, positive relationships and experiences and the expectations placed on members of the University community in order to achieve this. The policy also sets out the arrangements by which infringements are dealt with and victims supported.
  • Social Media Policy - Sets out the expectations of students when communicating via social media, particularly where that communication might be deemed to represent the University or infringe upon the rights or personal safety of fellow students and of staff.
  • Student Disciplinary Policy - Procedures by which complaints about the behaviour of other students are dealt with, including complaints by students as well as by staff. Please also find the Terms of Reference for the Governors’ Disciplinary Advisory Committee (GDAC), which are referred to in this document.
  • Student Handbook 2019/20 - A range of useful information covering the support and resources that are available to help students, the Students' Union and the Community Charter, as well as reference points to other important information.
  • Student Protection Plan - The University’s Student Protection Plan has been approved by the Office for Students. The Plan outlines the measures in place to preserve continuation of study for students and covers what happens in the event of minor and major changes to a course, a course closure, arrangements for courses run with other providers, arrangements for visa-sponsored students in the event the University loses it licence to sponsor students, insurances and estates risks, significant events affecting the University and University closure.
  • Student Safety Handbook - The Student Safety Handbook provides an overview of safety information for students. All students receive a safety induction on arrival. This includes an explanation of emergency procedures and an introduction to the relevant safety regulations, arrangements and precautions that students are required to follow.
  • Term dates - Undergraduate term dates and reassessment periods during which all students are expected to be available for study and assessment. New students must attend during the Welcome Week/Week 0. Dates for tuition and assessment points for Postgraduate students are available on request from
  • Terms and Conditions 2020/21 - Key Information relating to the students' contracts with the University for students enrolled in 2020/21
  • Terms and Conditions 2021/22 - Key Information relating to the students' contracts with the University for students enrolled in 2021/22
  • Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship Policy - The arrangements by which overseas applicants and students requiring visa sponsorship are managed.
  • Transfer policy - A guide to the process that a student should follow if they are interested in changing their course or institution (or both), including the key contacts, the normal timescales involved and advice on the information that will typically be required to support a transfer request.
  • Under 18 Students Agreement - The arrangements by which under 18 year age students and their parents are required to signify their agreement to: a limited number of consent agreements including with regard to restrictions on access to alcohol; late night curfews; and advice on planned duration and location when students leave the campus. The agreement stays in force until a student reaches their eighteenth birthday. This agreement is available on request from Student Services.
  • Whistleblowing (Speaking Up: The Whistleblowing Procedure) - The University is committed to ensuring that it, and the people working for it, comply with the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability. This policy lays out the procedure to be followed in investigating and, where appropriate, acting upon a disclosure of information or allegation of serious wrongdoing made by a person, or persons, within the University which is in the public interest.
  • Withdrawal from Studies (Guidance for students thinking about leaving Harper Adams University) - A comprehensive guide to the steps that a student needs to consider when wishing to withdraw from the University, including the implications of doing so, ensuring that all paperwork is in order and who to speak to.

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