Student Charter

Fundamental Principle

The University of Buckingham wants students to be active partners in their own education to create the best possible educational opportunities and experiences.

Definition

Our Student Charter, developed by students and staff, aims to achieve this fundamental principle by outlining the expectations and responsibilities of the University and its students.

Applying to the University

The University has a responsibility to:

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Complete application forms truthfully
  • Disclose any medical conditions or additional needs during the application process. This enables the University to determine whether it is possible to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Apply for University accommodation promptly (if required).

Studying at Buckingham

The University has a responsibility to:

  • Keep students informed concerning their degree programmes.
  • Provide all students with a Personal Tutor.
  • Ensure small-group tutorials.
  • Monitor students’ attendance.
  • Ensure that teaching staff are regularly available for students to consult.
  • Ensure that students are aware of assessment criteria, academic regulations and the procedure in cases of academic misconduct, including plagiarism.
  • Assess and return written assignments to students within a set timescale and with constructive feedback.
  • Provide all students (taught and research) with an appropriate learning environment, including suitable IT and library resources.
  • Provide learning support services.
  • Collect regular feedback from students concerning teaching and learning, and respond to this.
  • Ensure student representation on University committees and training for student representatives in their role.

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Consult with teaching staff at the earliest opportunity concerning any academic problems they are experiencing.
  • Attend lectures, tutorials and examinations, and notify their tutors if unable to do so.
  • Check their University email account regularly.
  • Respond promptly to any messages from their Personal Tutor.
  • Submit written assignments in the format required by their tutor and by the deadline set.
  • Attend meetings as required by research supervisors, and advise their supervisors of any difficulties they are experiencing.
  • Seek help from learning support services (if help is required), and act upon advice or instructions provided.
  • Provide constructive feedback when asked for opinions concerning how teaching and learning may be improved.

Living at Buckingham

The University has a responsibility to:

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Make use of available support services and act upon advice or instructions provided.
  • Provide medical evidence of disabilities or special needs.
  • Have regard for local residents, the community and their fellow students on campus, particularly with regard to noise levels and antisocial behaviour.
  • Familiarise themselves with and comply with the University’s Good Neighbour Guidance.
  • Check that personal possessions are adequately insured (note: there are specific exclusions in the University’s basic cover. Additional cover may be purchased from the University’s insurers).

General Principles

The University has a responsibility to:

  • Ensure equality of opportunity for members of the University.
  • Be constructive and courteous when talking to any member of the student body. Staff members should show ID on request.
  • Ensure that students have a forum in which to speak to the University’s management team.
  • Provide a safe working environment.

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Inform the University about any problems or difficulties they are experiencing, and to act upon advice or instructions from University staff.
  • Be courteous when talking to any member of staff. Students should show ID on request.
  • Be aware of University Policies and Codes of Practice, and comply with University Regulations.
  • Keep the University informed of their current term-time address and emergency contact details.

After Graduation

The University has a responsibility to:

The University trusts and hopes that students will:

  • Provide us with feedback on their experience as a Buckingham student.
  • Keep the University informed about their address and contact details, and tell the University what they are doing after graduation.
  • Stay in touch!

Download the Student Charter in PDF format.

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