Department of Student and Academic Administration

Updates to Academic Policies

Our Academic Policies, Regulations, Codes and procedures are reviewed and revised on a regular basis.

We will provide updates to you on this webpage, outlining the key changes that staff and students need to be aware of. All revisions will be confirmed as far in advance of their implementation as possible.

If you have any queries about any of our policies and supporting documentation procedures please contact us.


August 2019

Student Voice Policy

The Student Voice Policy sets out the ways in which students are able to voice views and opinions about their studies and the wider student experience. It specifies the mechanisms by which the student voice should be heard through means of student participation in committees, student surveys and other forms of obtaining student feedback. It also emphasises the need to value the feedback, and for timely action to be taken in response to valid issues and justifiable concerns raised through student feedback mechanisms, and describes how this can be done. Furthermore, the Policy briefly outlines ways in which students will have opportunities to be partners in key aspects of our quality system.

The Operational Annex is a supplementary document to the Student Voice Policy.


January 2019

Framework for Flexible Postgraduate Research Provision

The Framework for Flexible Postgraduate Research Provision is now in place and sets out the Flexible Postgraduate Research (PGR) Programme arrangements at the University of Portsmouth. The Framework outlines the institutional structure for all types of Flexible Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes and minimum institutional requirements. 
For supporting documentation and guidance please see Collaborative Research Degrees Approval or contact 
Other guidance and documentation is currently being finalised and will be available via the ASQP website shortly.
Please contact for any other questions about the framework.

Student Engagement and Attendance Monitoring Policy

Monitoring of student engagement and attendance is an important aspect in supporting both student retention and achievement to minimise the risk of academic failure or withdrawal. The Student Engagement and Attendance Monitoring Policy now in place sets out our approach to identifying students who may require additional support. 

Please contact with any questions about the policy and what it means for you.


Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Issuance Policy

The University holds a licence from the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration that enables it to issue a Certificate for Acceptance of Studies (CAS) to those students requiring a Tier 4 visa to be able to study in the UK.   Our new CAS Issuance Policy outlines the University's intent to operate in accordance with the criteria set out by UKVI to all of its licence holders.  It has been written in line with current Tier 4 policy published by UKVI and will be subject to change throughout the academic year to ensure continued alignment with national requirements.


Please contact with any questions about the policy and what it means for you.

September 2018

Tier 4


The University has launched a suite of policies to support staff in safeguarding the University's Tier 4 licence and ensuring that they deliver the best service to applicants and students. The policies have been developed to ensure that the processes and procedures that apply to prospective and current Tier 4 visa-holding students operate in line with the regulations set out by UK Visas and Immigration, and reflect best practice across the higher education sector. Two policies are now in place with effect from the 2018/19 academic year: the Tier 4 Compliance Policy and the English Language Policy for Tier 4 General Students A third policy - the CAS Issuance Policy - is also under consideration and we expect to be able to launch that towards the end of 2018.
Please contact with any questions about the policies and what they mean for you.


June 2018

Curriculum Framework Specification

The Curriculum Framework Specification supersedes the 2016 Curriculum Framework document and applies to all taught courses with effect from 2019/20. This includes UK and Trans National franchised collaborative courses, and whilst there is no requirement for other types of collaborative courses (validated and validated external) to adopt the curriculum structures set out in the new Framework, course teams are encouraged to work with our partners to embed the Hallmarks of the Portsmouth Graduate which can be found in the Education Strategy.

This Framework, with close reference to the University’s strategic aims and objectives, in particular the Education Strategy and Global Engagement Strategy, affirms the University’s commitment to ensuring an excellent student experience through the delivery of courses that provides the knowledge, skills and attributes for success, as defined in the Hallmarks of the Portsmouth Graduate.  For further information regarding the Curriculum Framework please contact

May 2018

Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

During 2016/17 we reviewed our Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with a view to ensuring that it provides a smooth and timely process for the consideration and approval of prior learning.

We have amended the policy to significantly reduce the duration of the decision-making process, to either 5 or 10 working days depending on the nature of the application. We have also taken the opportunity to make some further minor revisions to the policy to accord with relevant internal and external changes.
For further information, please consult the new RPL Policy. The policy was approved on 27 February 2018 and came into effect in April 2018. It supersedes the previous policy approved in October 2016.
Please contact with any questions about the policy and what it means for you.