Student Charter

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This University of Buckingham Student Charter has been jointly developed by students and staff, and outlines the expectations and responsibilities we share as members of the University community.

General Principles

  • Equality of opportunity for all members of the University
  • Constructive and courteous communication between members of the University
  • The provision of an inclusive and safe learning environment
  • The preservation of a free-thinking community in which diversity is valued and supported

Studying at Buckingham

The University has a responsibility to:

  • Provide all students with an appropriate learning environment, including suitable library, I.T., and learning support services
  • Provide all students with a Personal Tutor
  • Ensure students have access to small-group tutorials
  • Ensure teaching staff are regularly available for students to consult
  • Keep students informed of how and when they will be assessed and of grading criteria
  • Assess and return written assignments to students within a set timescale and with constructive feedback
  • Ensure that students have a forum in which to speak to the University’s management team
  • Regularly collect, and respond to, feedback from students concerning the quality of learning, teaching, and assessment
  • Facilitate student representation on University committees, including training for student representatives in their role

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Attend lectures, tutorials and all assessment, and notify tutors if they are unable to do so
  • Consult with teaching staff at the earliest opportunity concerning any problems they are experiencing which impact on their studies
  • Seek help from learning support services if required
  • Submit assignments in the format required and by the deadline set

Living at Buckingham

The University has a responsibility to:

  • Make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities or additional needs
  • Provide and maintain a safe living environment in University accommodation
  • Provide a twenty-four hour, year-round Security service on campus
  • Notify students, where possible, of scheduled maintenance and repair work to University accommodation
  • Provide a range of pastoral and support services
  • Offer students a variety of sporting, cultural and social activities throughout the term
  • Operate fair and transparent student disciplinary, complaints, and appeals procedures

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Familiarise themselves with University Policies and Codes of Practice, and comply with University Regulations
  • Access available support services as required
  • Provide appropriate  evidence of disabilities or additional needs where reasonable adjustments are sought
  • Have regard for local residents, the community and their fellow students on campus, particularly with regard to noise levels and antisocial behaviour
  • Pay tuition and accommodation fees in a timely manner
  • Keep the University informed of their current term-time address and emergency contact details

This Charter last revised January 2017.