Regulatory changes (February 2011) 
The following changes to volume 1 were recommended by the meeting held on 15th February of the Regulations and Special Cases Committee for approval by the Academic Quality and Standards Board on 4th May 2011. Although the changes have not yet formally come in effect, they are noted here for information. Please note that the changes necessarily have not yet been made to the Academic Handbook: these are proposed changes. [See also: Regulatory Changes (April 2010).]

Mitigating circumstances and academic performance. 05.1E Mitigating Circumstances Procedure (paragraph 21). A student who has passed an assessment but who had approved mitigating circumstances to be allowed to retake that assessment as if as a first attempt, in which case the higher mark shall be counted. This takes place with immediate effect (note that 12.5 of the Assessment Regulations will be amended too).

HNC and HND Regulations. 10.6 Regulations for Modular HNDs and HNCs. Provision for an overall merit and distinction to be added, to complement those awards at the level of individual modules. The boundaries will be 55% and 70%.

Top-up from Ordinary Degrees to Honours. 04.1 Assessment Regulations (paragraph 17). A student who has an Ordinary award is allowed to top-up the appropriate number of credits to reach the Honours requirement (rather than the 60 explicit credits that are stipulated currently).

Accedited Masters programmes: merits and distinctions. 04.1 Assessment Regulations (paragraph 10.15). Where the pgDip stage has been studied elsewhere and accredited by UWIC or the University of Wales, the overall pgDip mark is used to calculate the overall award mark (rather than individual module marks). For candidates near a boundary, preponderance of credits cannot therefore be considered; in these cases, the performance at UWIC on the dissertation shall be considered (only).

Continuing Education and Professional Development awards: credit volumes. 10.1 Modular Programmes Framework  (paragraph 20). The current limits of 60 credits to be increased to 120 credits.

Unfair practice penalties. 8.1 Unfair Practice Procedure (paragraphs 9.2 and 10.3). The recommendations will become decisions, for consistency with the other penalties. This means that they cannot later be moderated by an examining board.