The student contract
Successful study at University stems from a partnership between students and staff, and the University is committed to providing you with a learning environment and student services which enable you to fulfil your potential.
Underpinning this partnership, the University has a supportive set of regulations, policies and procedures.
These, along with the Terms and Conditions of Admissions, form the contract between you and the University in relation to your studies at the University.
The University’s key documents are on this page - however, there will be other University policies on specific issues, and your School or College may have additional rules, policies and procedures.
You should familiarise yourself with these documents, particularly those that are most likely to be relevant to you.
Academic Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures
The University’s Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study set out the structure and content of programmes and courses, along with the degree regulations that apply to them. The Taught Assessment Regulations and Postgraduate Assessment Regulations for Research Degrees set out how assessment operates.
The University has a range of other academic policies, procedures, codes of practice, and guidance. These cover areas such as special circumstances, requirements for the submission of PhD theses, and withdrawal and exclusion from studies.
The University has specific processes for dealing with instances of academic misconduct, including plagiarism and cheating.
If you are considering submitting an academic appeal, you are strongly encouraged to get advice from Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA).
Policies and Procedures governing student behaviour
All Students must adhere to the University's Code of Student Conduct, and the associated policies.
Code of Student Conduct (pdf)
The Support for Study policy offers an alternative to disciplinary action when your behaviour may be affected by health conditions or disabilities.
Other University Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures
Equality and Diversity
Library and Computing regulations
These regulations govern the use of all library, computing, network and other information services.
Policies, guidelines, and terms and conditions relating to student accommodation. Note that if you are in student accommodation you will have signed a separate contract with the University.
Tuition fees policies
Information about the University’s tuition fee policies, including the University policy on the collection of tuition fees and other charges, and on student debt.
It is the University policy to use students’ University email address as an official method of communication. The University will also share your University email address with student representatives (eg class representative).
How we use information about you
On matriculating you will have agreed that the University can use data about you and your studies for a range of reasons such as administering your studies, monitoring your attendance and engagement, and meeting the needs of relevant external bodies (eg for Council tax purposes and statutory statistical returns). The University may also use student data to understand and improve the learning experiences of our students.
Students with study visas
Tier 4 study visas apply a range of rights, responsibilities and restrictions on student, including requirements to attend and engage with your studies.
Tutoring and Demonstrating
Many postgraduate research students work part-time as tutors and demonstrators, though the availability of opportunities for tutoring and demonstrating varies between subject areas. The University has a policy setting out how students working as tutors and demonstrators will be supported, and the limits on the number of hours that full-time postgraduate research students can work.
Withdrawal and Exclusion
What to do if you wish to leave the University voluntarily, and the circumstances in which a student can be required to leave the University permanently.
You should take the matter up with the area concerned in the first instance, as often problems are resolved more quickly and effectively with those directly involved. If you remain unhappy, you can submit a formal complaint to the University. You can also get useful advice from the EUSA Advice Place.
School and College Policies
Your School and College may have additional rules, policies, and procedures regarding your programme of studies, or other aspects of University life. These are often communicated via course and programme handbooks or School and College websites.
Got a question?
If you need help or advice with any issues regarding the University’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures contact your Personal Tutor, your School’s Student Support Team, the EUSA Advice Place, Student Information Point team or the relevant support service.