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Continuing Professional Development

School of Health Sciences
Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Student Handbook 2022-2023

The contents of this handbook may be subject to change throughout the academic year. Please check Blackboard for any updates.

Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate Taught Education

I am delighted to welcome you to the School of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. We are extremely pleased you have chosen the University of Manchester to commence or continue your postgraduate study journey; whether you are progressing straight from your undergraduate studies, seeking to develop your knowledge/skills in your chosen career or, are bravely, taking a completely different direction in life.

In the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and humanity, we will place you at the centre of a transformational learning process to support you to achieve your individual goals and aspirations. Our challenge to you is to embrace all of the opportunities available to you; be bold, think differently and realise your potential. We want your postgraduate journey with us to be intellectually stretching, rewarding and fun.

We are aware that most of you will need to juggle a number of competing priorities during your postgraduate taught studies. Some of you will already be in full time employment, while others will need to secure part time employment to fund your studies. We know that many of you will have family and caring responsibilities that will have to be prioritised before your own learning. We hope the information detailed in this programme handbook will help you in managing these competing commitments. Whether you are joining us on campus, or studying at a distance, you are an integral part of our School and University, and we are here to support you.

We are extremely proud of our postgraduate student community and alumni who are making a difference, both locally and globally. We look forward to working with you, confident that you too will play a role in transforming the lives of people who use health and social care services, whether during your studies or upon graduation.

I wish you every success in your postgraduate studies here at the University of Manchester.

Mr Andrew Mawdsley
Director of Post Graduate Taught Education
School of Health Sciences


The University’s Vision for the Future

Our mission is to make the University of Manchester, already an internationally distinguished centre of research, innovation, learning and scholarly enquiry, one of the leading universities in the world by 2020.

Our aim is to become the preferred destination for the best students, teachers, researchers and scholars in the world. The new, merged University was established with an unprecedented £300 million investment programme to enhance our already excellent teaching and research facilities and to further improve the services that will support you during your time as a student here.

The Division’s mission is:

  • To aim for excellence and international renown in both research and teaching.
  • To encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To foster good relations with others.
  • To contribute actively to the life of the city and region.
  • To secure, and wisely manage the resources necessary for these purposes by promoting individual and collective responsibilities and accountabilities.

The Division aims to:

  • Prepare students to become registered as nurses, midwives and social workers enabling them to fulfil a wide range of roles within health care settings.
  • Actively contribute to the advancement of knowledge and scholarship.
  • Meet student and employer requirements for diversity of provision and career enhancement by providing a structure of flexibility and choice within continuing education provision.
  • Provide higher education programmes that meet the changing demands of the NHS and fulfil requirements for professional registration and practice where appropriate.
  • Enhance the learning of students with a wide range of ability and previous experience and recognise prior learning where relevant to the programme of study.
  • Encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and foster the use of problem solving approaches.
  • Provide students with appropriate information, advice and ongoing academic and pastoral support to enhance their progression and development in both clinical practice and academic study.
  • Provide students with opportunities to progress through programmes and acquire knowledge, skill and qualifications appropriate to their ability and future role.
  • Develop effective use of evidence in practice.
  • Provide a well-resourced teaching, learning and research environment for staff and students.
  • Operate an effective system of programme management that assures quality.
  • Generate innovative education programmes from investigative research.

Where to find further information

In addition to this handbook you are required to familiarise yourself with the information contained within the A-Z of Student Services and IT Services handbook.  New students are given access to copy of the appropriate handbooks at the beginning of their programme of study; alternatively the information is available on our website.

We will be happy to provide this handbook in large print if required.

Student Services Centre, Burlington Street or Sackville Street

Tel: +44(0)161 275 5000

The Student Services Centre can offer all sorts of help and advice about tuition fee assessments or payments, Council Tax, examinations, graduation ceremonies and all sorts of documents.

The A-Z of Student Services

The Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations that are applicable to all students across the University are referred to in the University A-Z of Services and detailed in full within the University Calendar.

A-Z of Student Services

Essential advice, information and guidance for students at The University of Manchester; packed with up-to-the-minute information.

The University website contains a comprehensive and definitive listing of University policies and procedures relevant to both students and members of staff. It covers the full-range of our activities and is continually updated to ensure that you have immediate access to the latest versions of documents as soon as they are approved. It is also equipped with a search engine that enables you to find relevant documents using key words or phrases.

Click Here to visit the website


The Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Jean McFarlane Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel 0161 306 0260
Fax 0161 306 7707

Head of Division
Professor Hilary Mairs
Tel 0161 306 7842

Acting Head of Teaching Learning Student Experience
Chris Bamford
Tel 0161 306 7622

Administration Managers

Suzanne Eden - Admissions Manager
Tel 0161 275 2334

Sam Green– Student Support Officer
Tel 0161 306 7717

Chris Bamford – Deputy Head of Student Operations (School of Health Sciences)
Tel 0161 306 7622

Sally Hickson – Deputy Head of Student Operations Teaching and Learning (School of Health Sciences)
Tel 0161 306 7727

David Parry – Postgraduate Programme Support Manager
Tel 0161 275 2583

Division Website - Click Here 

Programme Staff

Programme Director Samantha Freeman
Tel 0161-306-7607
Room 5.323b, Jean McFarlane Building

Admissions Administrator Crystal Butler
Tel 0161 306 7605
Room G.314, Jean McFarlane Building

Programme Support Administrator Amanda Beck
Tel 0161-306-7802
Room G.319, Jean McFarlane Building

Examinations & Assessments Administrator Richard Boyd
Tel 0161-306-7710
Room G.313, Jean McFarlane Building

Programme Office location & postal address

The Programme Office is located in Room G.319 on the ground floor of the Jean McFarlane Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL.

Staying Safe – Covid-19

Feeling prepared and equipped at the present time inevitably brings thoughts of health and safety. We have followed the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to make sure our campus is a safe and happy environment for you to start your studies.

We’re adjusting our COVID-19 guidance in line with the latest government recommendations.

We will continue to move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other, and the most vulnerable in our society. For the latest advice, please refer to the UK government’s coronavirus information.

It’s important for everyone to follow the guidelines on campus to keep themselves and others safe. We have faith that all members of our University community will do the right thing.

Our ‘Staying Safe’ microsite outlines the safety measures that are in place as well as useful information regarding:-

 Student Frequently Asked Questions is regularly updated online but if you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact your school as soon as possible.

Introduction to the Programme

Programme Director’s welcome

Welcome to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of study. Undertaking unit of study from this provision allows you to undertake individual course units for reasons of continual professional development, without registration for the award of a degree.

We hope you find this handbook helpful to you as you progress through your studies and would strongly advise that you become familiar with the contents of the handbook, but you may also seek advice or clarification from the programme team at any time.

The underpinning philosophy of the CPD programme is theory embedded in practice. Specialist units exist within the programme which offer a selection of course units designed to enhance your clinical specialist knowledge and skills.

For those who which, stand-alone units undertaken from the CPD portfolio may be counted towards a degree.

For level 6 students, the BSc (Hons) programme is 360 academic credits including 240 credits advanced standing (normally 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 or equivalent), the remaining 120 credits completed at level 6 whilst on the programme.

For level 7 student, the MSc programme is 180 academic credits with exit points at Post Graduate Certificate (60 Credits) and Post Graduate Diploma (120 Credits).

There is no limit to the maximum number of stand-alone modules a student can complete before registering for a degree programme but if you would like to access Student Finance Loans you should check the Accreditation or Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) details as there are specific criteria for students who wish to use credits achieved previously as part of their current MSc pathway.

If you need any support in decided to undertake a degree, please make an appointment to discuss.


Sam Freeman
Director of Postgraduate Taught Education for the Division of NMSW


Student’s responsibilities

Registration process

Student registration is valid for the length of the unit, from the point of registration, e.g. if you register for a Stand Alone unit in September 2019, your registration will expire in August 2020. It is a requirement by the University of Manchester and the student’s responsibility to complete on-line registration via the Student Portal. You will be sent guidance notes and you must register within four weeks of receiving the notification and/or two weeks of starting the course, failure to complete this may result in your access to University services being temporarily withdrawn.

Changes in personal and/or contact details

During the on-line registration process students need to confirm/update their personal and/or contact details. If these details change at any time following registration, it is the student’s responsibility to update their details via the Student Portal. Please note that the Division will only use the information on the Student Portal, no other source.

Checking Student e-mails

When you complete IT registration you will receive a student e-mail account, from the point of registration onwards, all departments within the Division will use the student e-mail address exclusively, not personal or work e-mail addresses.

As a student you are required to check your student e-mails, via the Student Portal, at least weekly whilst you are active on the programme, as this is where the Division would contact you.

Checking Blackboard

The Division uses Blackboard as the central location for information about all student resources. You will be given training on how to access Blackboard in your induction.

As a student you are required to check Blackboard at least weekly, as this is where the Division would post both generic and specific information relating to course units and programmes, eg Room changes or Assessment results.

Blackboard Student Community Area

The Blackboard student community area has been devised to provide information that is generic to all course units within the programme. Each section has been structured to reflect the student’s journey through the unit/programme;

Getting Started – includes the guide to using Blackboard, Programme Handbook and Course Unit Leaflets.

On Your Course – includes Study Skills information, Authorised Absence form, Missed Session form, Health & Safety information, etc.

Assessments & Examinations – includes Extension form, MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES form, Academic Appeals form and information about Plagiarism and Academic Malpractice.

On-line End of Programme Evaluation – is where you give your feedback at the end of the course.

Withdrawal Procedures

If you are considering withdrawing from the your unit of study, you are strongly advised to speak to the unit lead immediately as they may be able to present an alternative perspective on your situation and will certainly be able to offer advice on how to proceed.  It may be the case that you chose to interrupt your studies rather than fully withdraw.

If, for whatever reason, you have firmly decided to withdraw from the unit, inform the unit lead as soon as possible verbally and in writing (e-mail is sufficient). It is obviously important that you keep the Division fully informed of your intentions or actions and the University is obliged to inform the appropriate funder of your decision depending on your funding stream. You will be requested to return library books and your student ID badge.

For Level 6 Students: Changing Academic Level

On commencement of a course unit students will be given up to 2 weeks to change their academic level. After which point no further changes can be made. Students must contact the unit lead to enquire about any such request.

Taking Further Units

Once you have registered with us, you may decide you would like to take more course units, either in the same academic year (September to September) or in a subsequent year. There is no need to go through the admissions process again and this can be dealt with by your Programme Team. Depending on the unit there may be a need to assess your suitability but this can be discussed on a case by case basis.


Students may under exceptional circumstances be able to defer completion of a module up to 4 weeks after commencement. Students must request this in writing to the Programme Director and provide supporting independent 3rd party evidence. If approved, the student will be able to enrol on the next available intake without additional tuition fees being imposed. Any requests for deferral may result in the University contacting the student’s employer for clarification if appropriate.

Programme Schedule: Key dates

The majority of course units are delivered within the two semesters of September to December and January/February to May. For information on start dates for specific course units please contact Amanda Beck, Programme Administrator, Room G.319, Jean McFarlane Building (formerly Block 3, University Place). Telephone numbers 0161 306 7802 or email

Programme Roles

Programme Director Role and Support

The role of the Programme Director is to ensure the smooth running of the programme. This includes chairing the Programme Committee, overseeing the student evaluation process, considering changes to the programme and ensuring adherence to the university’s guidelines for academic practice.

Your Programme Director will be pleased to meet with you at any time during your period of study, or to take suggestions or comments on any aspect of the programme through the contact details below:

Samantha Freeman, Programme Director                            0161-306-7607

Room 5.341, Jean McFarlane Building                          

Unit Leaders Role and Support

Each unit has a designated leader who is responsible for managing the teaching and assessment process for a specific unit.  This individual is also there to guide you regarding all issues relating to the specific unit. As you are undertaking the unit as CPD standalone the unit lead also acts as your academic advisor.

Academic advisor are normally responsible for pastoral guidance during the course, although this person may change at any time by negotiation if students feel there is a need to change academic advisor.  If this is the case, students need to discuss the difficulties/problems with their academic advisor and then approach the Programme Director.  You can also seek advice from other quarters, for example, the Student Union Welfare Section, or the Student Health Care and Counselling Service.

Overall Programme Aim and Structure

 This is a Division-wide academic structure for continuing professional development which:

  • Offers flexibility, choice and high quality postgraduate education that is responsive to individual and employer needs locally, nationally and internationally
  • Facilitates an individual choice of units
  • Shares teaching and research expertise from across the Division through inter-disciplinary provision and promotes opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning

This programme offers registrants from nursing, midwifery, social work and other allied health professionals an opportunity to engage in CPD education in order to deepen and enhance their practice through acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of their knowledge and skills. The programme reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

Students will gain the contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice and developing self and others (Department of Health, 2010). The programme prepares students for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Full time and part time study options will be available via face to face and blended learning models.

Complete details of each course unit can be found on our webpage or email or via the website

The programme is delivered within the university two semesters of September and Jan/February start dates. The majority of individual course units are offered once per year.

The strategy for learning and teaching is to utilise a variety of methods suited to adult learners.  Flexibility ensures that methods match the group profile.  The experience that you, the student, bring to the course unit and shares, is recognised as an excellent resource, and highly valued in student evaluations.

Teaching methods seek to give mature students transferable skills, which you are very likely to use outside the programme, and to develop the independent learning that is essential to lifelong learning. The learning and teaching strategy utilised within the programme have been chosen to be reflect the learning and teaching strategy of the Faculty and Division.

Course Unit Evaluation

Courses are continually developed to meet the needs of patient or service users, students, Public Services and government.  All course units undergo an annual review where information from a range of sources are reflected upon to enhance the quality of the unit.  All staff develop the course units through their specialisms and research undertaken.  In addition to this, External Examiners are appointed to each unit, these are colleagues delivering similar programmes in other institutions throughout the UK.  They not only make recommendations but assist in ensuring that the programme is delivered to a similar standard as programmes in other Universities.

Students contribute to this process through completing course unit related questionnaires, discussing matters with the External Examiner and through passing comments to your student representative which are then discussed at the Programme Committee Meeting, Quality Enhancement Days and the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC).

Other sources outside the University that influence the development of programmes are practitioners within NHS Trusts, government departments, the private health sector and external agencies such as the Quality Assurance Agency, Nursing Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council.

The Division operates a system of student evaluation of units, placements and programmes.  You will be asked to complete questionnaires and will be invited to participate in other evaluation exercises, such as group discussions. The results of evaluations are reviewed by the Unit Leaders, the Programme Director, the Programme Committee and the Head of Division.  All evaluations are reviewed together at the Quality Assurance Day. Any proposals for changes to the programme arising from the evaluations are considered by the Programme Committee.

Student evaluations are an important part of the Division’s quality assurance and enhancement processes. Please complete and return questionnaires.  Unit Leaders will always welcome any additional comments that you may wish to make informally.


As a registered student of The University of Manchester, you agree to comply with the rules and regulations under which the University and its students must operate. The principles underpinning these are set out in the University’s Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations, which are listed in the Founding Documents available at:

Specific regulations regarding your programme of study are in the programme information section of this handbook.  The main elements of the rules and regulations of which you should be aware are summarised in the A-Z of Services.

The Use of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL)

The University regulations allow students to receive an award of credits towards a programme on the basis of demonstrated learning that has occurred at some point in the past and is appropriate to the programme both in content and currency. The award of credits can be based upon learning for which certification has been awarded by an educational institution or another education/training provider (APCL – e.g. relevant credit rated modules completed elsewhere) or uncertificated learning gained from experience (APEL).

All APEL applications must be approved in line with the University’s overall policy on the award of APEL and the maximum credits allowable from APEL (subject to any programme specific requirements) If you are interested in APEL please speak with the Director of PGT Education for the division. Advice will be given on the application process and guidance on the preparation and submission of evidence.

Assessment of documentation is carried out by the Director of PGT Education who will assess your documentation against the criteria of level, content, relevance, currency and validityA standardised pro-forma is used to ensure consistency in the assessment of documentation. The claim is then submitted to the APEL Committee (a sub-group of the Programme Committee), for decision-making and, where if approved, they are ratified.

Interruptions from the Programme

It is the expectation of the University that postgraduate taught students pursue their studies on a continuous basis for the stipulated duration of their programme. However, it is recognised that students may encounter personal difficulties or situations which may seriously disrupt or delay their studies. In some cases, an interruption or extension to your programme of study may be the most sensible option.
Students who wish to interrupt the programme or extend to write up the dissertation should initially discuss their plans and reasons with the Programme Director and/or their Academic Advisor.
Students should also provide documentary evidence when appropriate, for example, doctor’s letter, sick note etc.
The forms required for formal application are available from your Programme Administrator.

Maternity Leave

Provided that their employer is informed and has given signed consent, students on Maternity Leave are able to commence or continue to study on theory-only courses.  For SLA funded students authorisation should be sought from the Trust Signatory.

Sharing of information between the University and Employers

Students who are seconded to the University from their employer or who hold a registration with a professional body i.e. the NMC for a Programme of study should note the following:

The University reserves the right to share information about student progress and attendance with seconding employers.

  • The University will respond to reasonable requests by employers for such information and may on occasion seek information from employers.
  • Agreement to the sharing of such information for seconded students is a pre-requisite for entry and continuation on programmes of study.
  • Students who wish to be excluded from this agreement should formally notify the Programme Director in writing, who will relay this information to the seconding employer.

Clinical Skills Laboratory Student Conduct

The following regulations must be followed by students when using the Clinical Skills laboratories:

  • Shoulder length hair must be neatly tied back and preferably off the collar.
  • No rings with stones, bracelets or wrists watches to be worn.
  • Wear suitable non-restrictive clothing (sleeves above the elbow; no coats or scarves).
  • Wear appropriate footwear (closed toes and heels, secure on foot, flat or broad low heel).
  • Students who turn up late to a skills session may be refused entry at the discretion of the facilitator / lecturer (the student may have missed important health and safety instructions at the start of the session).
  • On entering the laboratory bags, coats scarves and hats are to be placed in the area designated by the facilitator / lecturer.
  • Mobile telephones must be switched off.
  • No food or beverages to be consumed in the laboratory, including chewing gum.
  • Immediately report breakages or faulty equipment to the facilitator / lecturer.
  • Immediately report accidents or other adverse incidents to the facilitator / lecturer and complete the appropriate incident reporting form.


By the nature of practice, students will be exposed to confidential information about patients/clients and others.  Breaching confidentiality may only be appropriate in exceptional circumstances.  Inappropriate breaching of confidentiality is a betrayal of trust, a serious matter and as such may lead to disciplinary action by the employer or university.

You are reminded that information you are exposed to, may fall into two categories:

i) that for use within the Public Domain which is open and accessible

ii) that which falls within the Private Domain and is confidential.

There is also information that is deemed to be in the public’s interest but not necessarily readily available.  Care should be taken to ensure that these aspects of information/confidentiality are properly addressed within student work.  If you are unclear on this subject, you should seek clarification from your Course Unit Leader.

You must not give information to the Press regarding events which take place in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work or any of the placement areas.  Any enquiries from the Press must be directed to the Head of Division or the Senior Officer (if in a clinical placement). If you are requested to make a statement, help and advice should be sought from your academic advisor.

Although you are free to publish your own work, you are strongly advised to seek tutorial guidance first, since any work submitted for examination/assessment purposes remains the copyright of the Division.

Behaviour and Professional Conduct

Students are expected to behave in a professional manner when within the University premises.  Any student demonstrating inappropriate behaviour may be asked to leave the premises. The student may be referred to the Occupational Health Department or to the Progress Committee.

Inappropriate behaviours include being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, being rude or aggressive to fellow students or staff, smoking in restricted areas or putting students’ or staff member's health and safety at risk.


[Notes: (i) any reference in this Regulation to named officers should be read also as a reference in each case to a delegated nominee; (ii) use of the term Board without further qualification means the Board of Governors.]

Social networking websites

The Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health have produced a document that provides advice and guidance for healthcare students about the benefits and potential dangers of social networking and suggests ways in which their personal and professional interests, and those of others, can be protected while in the online environment.

Guidance on Social Networking for Healthcare Students

What is the purpose of this document?

This document provides advice and guidance for healthcare students about the benefits and potential dangers of social networking and suggests ways in which their personal and professional interests, and those of others, can be protected while in the online environment.

What are social networking sites used for?

Social networking is a popular online activity: millions of people of all ages and backgrounds use social networking sites every day, Online social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Bebo, are used:

  • To keep in touch with friends, both in words and through sharing music, video and other types of files (YouTube is also used for sharing videos, and Flickr for sharing images, online).
  • For educational and professional benefit, through sharing information about the latest developments in treatments and practice, problem-solving, encouraging participation, and community building.
  • To forge new relationships based on common interests.
  • To make their views and opinions known.
  • To take part in discussions on virtually any subject.

People often interact with social networking sites over long periods of time and, occasionally, excessive activity of this nature may have detrimental effects on their work or study.

What is the social networking environment?

It is important to remember that social networking sites are public and therefore, in theory, accessible to anybody.  In many cases, ownership of the material posted on them belongs to the site, not the person who posted it, and so sites such as Facebook are free to use it in any way they see fit.  Material posted online remains there permanently, if not as part of an active page then as part of easily-accessible ‘cached’, i.e. historical, versions of it.

Who visits social networking sites, and why?

Anybody can visit social networking sites and gain access to the information that is uploaded to them.  These people include:

  • Your intended audience, i.e. your friends, colleagues and others, to share information and to keep in touch.
  • Potential employers, who are, increasingly, using social networking sites to gather information about people who have applied for positions within their organisations.
  • Criminals, including sexual predators who could use information about you to compromise your safety or wellbeing, and fraudsters, who could steal information about you and impersonate you online, to your potential cost.
  • The police, as part of investigations into illegal activities.
  • Professional healthcare bodies such as the General Dental Council, General Medical Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Social Care Council, Health Professions Council, and Nursing & Midwifery Council, who may access information directly or be asked to investigate material referred on to them by other people.
  • Patients, clients and other service users, who may be looking for healthcare information in general, or for your views and comments in particular. Your professional relationship with your patients, and your career, could be compromised at any time by indiscriminate posting of details about patients or inappropriate information about yourself.

What precautions should be taken when social networking?

The same ethics, morals and penalties apply to online social networking as to any other activity.  This is particularly true for heaIthcare students and professionals, who are expected by the University of Manchester, their professional bodies, and by the public generally, to meet the same standards of behaviour both in and out of their professional settings.  Healthcare students from Divisions in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health should therefore conduct themselves appropriately online, and take reasonable precautions to ensure that the information they upload cannot be used in a way that could place them, or others, at a disadvantage, either personally or professionally, now or at any time in the future.

The following pointers may be helpful:

  • Do everything that you can to limit access to your posts to those for whom they are intended. Change security settings if possible to restrict unwanted access.
  • Consider the language and terminology that you use when you are online and make sure that it is appropriate.
  • Avoid posting personal information such as phone numbers or personal addresses, of you or anybody else, since these may fall into the hands of criminals.
  • Use your common sense. If you feel that a post, a picture, or a video that you are about to upload might have repercussions for you later, or might not be in good taste (e.g. it relates to sexual activity or inappropriate behaviour, or it expresses inappropriate views), then simply do not post it.  Once it is online it is there for good.
  • Make sure you are thinking clearly before you go online. If, for any reason such as the effects of medication, stress or inebriation, your judgement might temporarily be impaired, you may be tempted to post something that you otherwise would not.
  • Do not post material that might be considered offensive and/or derogatory, that could cause somebody else to feel bullied, harassed, or that could harm somebody’s reputation. If you have a grievance about an individual related to your programme, follow it up through the recognised channels in the Division, Faculty and/or the wider University.
  • Avoid posting confidential information about patients, clients and service users that could violate professional codes of conduct.
  • It is imperative that if you post anything about somebody else, including any images of them, it is done with their knowledge and consent. It might seem inoffensive to post images of friends, relatives, staff or other colleagues, but it might easily cause offence that you had not intended or could not have foreseen.
  • Try to make sure that the people to whom you give access to your information use it sensibly, and also that they themselves do not upload potentially incriminating material about you, which can be just as damaging.
  • Avoid joining any groups that could be seen as discriminatory or judgemental in nature.

Are there any related policies and guidance in the University?

The Regulation XVII Conduct and Discipline of Students document states that a student may be liable to disciplinary action in respect of conduct which, amongst others:

“involves violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour or language (whether expressed orally or in writing, including electronically) whilst on University premises or engaged in any University activity” and “involves distributing or publishing a poster, notice, sign or any publication which is offensive, intimidating, threatening, indecent or illegal, including the broadcasting and electronic distribution of such material”.

 Regulation XVII also states that:

“the conduct covered (above) shall constitute misconduct if it took place on University property or premises, or elsewhere if the student was involved in a University activity, was representing the University, was present at that place by virtue of his or her status as a student of the University or if the conduct raises questions about the fitness of the student on a programme leading directly to a professional qualification or calling to be admitted to and practise that profession or calling.”

The Dignity at Work and Study – Procedure for Students document gives information about the nature and consequences of acts of misconduct while social networking, such as discrimination, bullying and harassment[1], and the penalties that they may incur.  These policies should be read in conjunction with this guidance.  The University’s Dignity at Work Procedure for Students states:

“Any cases of harassment, discrimination and bullying will be taken very seriously by the University and, where necessary the appropriate procedure will be used to investigate complaints. Similar arrangements will be used in dealing with complaints made by members of staff or by visitors to the University.”

 “Cases of proven harassment, discrimination or bullying may be treated as a disciplinary offence where it is not possible to reach a compromise or resolution. Some cases of harassment, discrimination or bullying if proven could result in dismissal for staff members or expulsion for students.”

 In addition, the University’s A-Z of Student Services states that:

“The University expects its members to treat one another with respect.  There are established procedures to use if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the University’s facilities and services, and you are encouraged to use these procedures to bring such matters to the University’s attention.  Inappropriate or defamatory comments about either the University or its members in any media (print, broadcast, electronic) contravene the University’s regulations and offenders may be liable to disciplinary action.”

What do the Professional Bodies say?

Professional body codes and guidance also explore the potential consequences of social networking activity:

General Dental Council: ‘Standards for Dental Professionals

Paragraph 3.2, ‘Protect the confidentiality of patients’ information’:

“(You must) prevent information from being accidentally revealed and prevent unauthorised access by keeping information secure at all times”.

Paragraph 6.3, ‘Be trustworthy’:

“(You must) maintain appropriate standards of personal behaviour in all walks of life so that patients have confidence in you and the public have confidence in the dental profession”.

General Medical Council: Good Medical Practice’

Paragraphs 56 to 58, ‘Being honest and trustworthy’

“Probity means being honest and trustworthy, and acting with integrity: this is at the heart of medical professionalism”.

 “You must make sure that your conduct at all times justifies your patients' trust in you and the public's trust in the profession”.

 “You must inform the GMC without delay if, anywhere in the world, you have accepted a caution, been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence, or if another professional body has made a finding against your registration as a result of fitness to practise procedures”.

 Nursing and Midwifery Council: ‘Your Code of Conduct applies to your Personal Life’

“Nurses and midwives could be putting their registration at risk if posting inappropriate comments about colleagues or patients or posting any material that could be considered explicit”.

 What conclusions can be drawn from all of this?

If the way you conduct yourself online breaks laws, or goes against the codes of practice set down by your professional healthcare body, then you risk the same penalties as you would in any other setting.  These include referral to the Faculty Fitness to Practise Committee and potential damage to your career, fines, and even imprisonment.

Acknowledgement: The Faculty wishes to acknowledge the work of Mrs Dianne Burns, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, whose document “Social Networking Sites and Student Issues” informed the content of this guidance.

 Fitness to Practice Committee

Students registered on a programme of study leading to a professional qualification may be referred to the Faculty’s Fitness to Practice Committee on either of the following grounds. Students registered on a programme of study, who already hold a professional body registration, may be referred to their own professional body Fitness to Practice Committee also on the following grounds.

  • any conduct which may render that student a person not fit to be admitted to and practise that profession or calling; or
  • any health problem which may render that student a person not fit to be admitted to and practise that profession or calling.

Appeals procedure

The purpose of the Appeals Procedure is to safeguard the interests of all students. It may be used only when there are adequate grounds for doing so and may not be used simply because you may be dissatisfied with the outcome of your assessment or other decision concerning your academic position or progress.

The appeals process may be used by students who wish to appeal against a decision of a board of examiners, or a progress committee, or a graduate committee or equivalent body which affects a students’ academic status or progress in the University.

The full procedures can be found at:

Academic Appeals (Regulation XIX)

Basic Guide to Academic Appeals

Student Complaints (Regulation XVIII)

Basic Guide to Student Complaints

The Faculty contact for Academic Appeals and Student Complaints is Room 3.21, Simon Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL (e-mail:

Complaints procedure

As part of its commitment to ensuring the standard and quality of its programmes of study, services, and facilities, the University has established a procedure to deal with complaints from students. Complaints provide useful feedback information from students and, where appropriate, will be used to improve services and facilities.

The procedure comprises a number of stages, both informal and formal. Students who have a complaint to make should raise it directly with the staff concerned at the earliest opportunity, as matters that are dealt with informally at an early stage have the best chance of being resolved effectively. Only where the informal procedures have been completed and the complainant remains dissatisfied should the formal stage be instituted.

Attendance guidelines

We are very aware of and experienced in delivering a part time programme of education to adult students who are also engaged in clinical practice. Course units are therefore arranged to take this into consideration, so far as is possible. Course units are not usually delivered over the main holiday periods at Christmas, Easter and the main summer holiday period, and many course units will make an effort to accommodate Division half terms (this is slightly more problematic as different Local Education Authorities have different half term dates).

Monitoring student engagement is part of the University’s commitment to providing a supported learning environment in which students are encouraged to develop knowledge, understanding and the range of skills and attributes expected of a Manchester Graduate. It encourages active participation in all learning activities through regular engagement.

It is expected that all students will attend all taught sessions; however, you are required to attend at least 80% of taught sessions for each programme unit. This regulation applies equally to course units that are delivered on-line. For e-learning/on-line course units online registers will be available in Blackboard for each teaching/themed session and Zoom reports will be available to monitor engagement (students are therefore encouraged to sign into Zoom using their full name). If, due to illness or other circumstances, you are unable to attend you need to inform the programme administrator.

Procedure for reporting sickness and absence

Regulation XX – Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of Students

Definitions of Sickness, Absence and Unauthorised Absence

Sickness: Absence from the programme due to personal ill-health or whilst attending for healthcare treatment. Even if you are sick for only one day, a self-certification form needs to be returned to the Division within seven days.

Authorised Absence - It is your responsibility to discuss these requirements and seek authorisation from your Academic Advisor. Authorised absence will be documented and includes Compassionate Leave, Carer’s Leave or leave for personal reasons – to be determined by your Academic Advisor. Authorised absence forms should be returned within seven days of the absence.

Unauthorised Absence - Absence from the clinical placement area or University without permission or explanation. Holidays in term-time will be recorded as unauthorised absence.

Failure to adhere to the attendance regulations stipulated above:

Monitoring Engagement

  • Warning point 1 - Once a trigger point has been reached the student must be sent correspondence (normally via email)  inviting them to attend a meeting with their Programme Director (and/or nominee). At the meeting, the Student is invited to explain the reason for poor engagement. It is also outlined what the student must do to retrieve their engagement record.

Where the student fails to attend or respond to the Review Meeting letter:

  • Warning point 2 - A formal written warning letter will be sent from the Programme Director/nominee. If the student does not respond to the formal written warning letter after a further 10-working days, a Withdrawal letter  should be sent.

Where the student attends the meeting but fails to provide a satisfactory explanation for not complying with the engagement requirements:

  • Warning point 2 - A formal written warning should be issued. The formal warning must explain the steps required to affect necessary improvement in attendance and the consequences of further poor engagement.
  • Warning point 3 - Failure to comply with steps taken to improve engagement will result in the Examination Board being notified and the student may be refused permission to continue with their programme of study. A further formal letter should be sent, outlining the final Exam Board decision.


Procedure for reporting sickness and absence

Regulation XX – Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of Students

Definitions of Sickness, Absence and Unauthorised Absence

Sickness: Absence from the programme due to personal ill-health or whilst attending for healthcare treatment. Even if you are sick for only one day, a self-certification form needs to be returned to the Division within seven days.

Authorised Absence – It is your responsibility to discuss these requirements and seek authorisation from your Academic Advisor. Authorised absence will be documented and includes Compassionate Leave, Carer’s Leave or leave for personal reasons – to be determined by your Academic Advisor. Authorised absence forms should be returned within seven days of the absence.

Unauthorised Absence – Absence from the clinical placement area or University without permission or explanation. Holidays in term-time will be recorded as unauthorised absence.

Failure to adhere to the attendance regulations stipulated above:

Monitoring Engagement

  • Warning point 1 – Once a trigger point has been reached the student must be sent correspondence (normally via email) inviting them to attend a meeting with their Programme Director (and/or nominee). At the meeting, the Student is invited to explain the reason for poor engagement. It is also outlined what the student must do to retrieve their engagement record.

Where the student fails to attend or respond to the Review Meeting letter:

  • Warning point 2 – A formal written warning letter will be sent from the Programme Director/nominee. If the student does not respond to the formal written warning letter after a further 10-working days, a Withdrawal letter should be sent.

 Where the student attends the meeting but fails to provide a satisfactory explanation for not complying with the engagement requirements:

  • Warning point 2 – A formal written warning should be issued. The formal warning must explain the steps required to affect necessary improvement in attendance and the consequences of further poor engagement.
  • Warning point 3 – Failure to comply with steps taken to improve engagement will result in the Examination Board being notified and the student may be refused permission to continue with their programme of study. A further formal letter should be sent, outlining the final Exam Board decision.

Completion of Course Units

Normally each unit must be completed and ratified as passed within two years of the commencement of the course unit.


Programme Director and Unit Leads

The Programme Director is accountable and responsible for overseeing the ongoing development, planning, resourcing and delivery of all aspects of the programme and is available for support for students in relation to overarching programme issues. The Programme Director is available for appointments with students and has regular drop-in sessions to offer support with immediate academic or personal issues which may affect student progress. Each course unit has at minimum one designated lead, who is responsible for overseeing the management and delivery of all aspects of the teaching, learning and assessment process within that unit. They are also a guide for students in relation to the acquisition and development of the knowledge and skills within the unit and offer specific support for the development of work for formative and summative assessments. Specific time is set aside in each unit for unit specific tutorial support (individually or in small groups) and students are offered the opportunity to submit and receive feedback on draft plans of work prior to submission of summative assessments.

As well as specified tutorial time students will constantly receive advice and support as a group or individually from the unit leader/team through participating in seminar discussions and/or on line discussion boards and postings and receiving feedback. Written feedback on summative assessments is provided and additional feedback may be obtained by booking an email/telephone or face to face appointment with the course unit leader/marker. The programme director and unit leaders are supported by administrative and secretarial staff, who also act as key contacts for students in relation to any administrative issues related to the programme.

Health & Safety

All students must familiarise themselves with the procedures for dealing with an emergency, including discovery of a fire and fire exit points.  Similarly, all students are required to familiarise themselves with the Health and Safety at Work regulations, extracts of which are posted outside Room G.319 Jean McFarlane Building.   Anyone requiring first aid for themselves or for others should contact one of the first aiders situated in the building. Their names and telephone numbers are posted in common user areas. There are two Health and Safety advisers for the Division.

A full copy of the University of Manchester Health and Safety Policy can be found at:

The Division and its associated trusts all have NO SMOKING policies which students must strictly adhere to. The University has implemented a total no smoking policy throughout the University.

Looking after yourself and your patients during Ramadan

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has produced guidance for healthcare students on fasting and caring:

Disability Awareness & Resources

If you have specific needs relating to a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition, you could discuss these needs with the following:

Your Academic Advisor

Division Student Support Officer – Tel: 0161- 306 7717

University Disability Advisory Support Service- Tel: 0161 – 275 7512

A copy of the University’s Disability Statement, which sets out the policy and provision for students with a disability, is available on request or available from

Dignity at Work and Study for Students 

The University seeks to create a study environment which is free of harassment and which protects the dignity of all students irrespective of sexual orientation, racial or ethnic background, religion or disabled status. It regards sexual, racial or personal harassment as most serious and requires all students to observe its policy in this area.  Personal harassment takes many forms. It is uninvited and unwanted actions which cause offence and/or embarrassment, fear, stress or tension. It can be an isolated act such as a comment or wilful gesture, or it can take the form of repeated behaviour against a person.

In cases where a complaint of harassment is substantiated, the individual responsible may be subject to disciplinary action under General Regulation XVII (Conduct & Discipline of Students), in APPENDIX 3.

The University Policy Statement on Dignity and Work and Study for Students is available in The Crucial Guide.  This document contains details of the University Resources, policies and procedures and will be given to all students at registration.  If you prefer to access the full university policy on-line it is located at the following web address:

Occupational Health Service

Jackson’s Mill, Sackville St – Tel: 0161 306 5806

Monday – Friday between 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

On-going support to all students is provided by the Occupational Health Department. The aim of our Service is to promote the health and well-being of all students and the prevention of illness and injuries at work.  This is achieved by ensuring all immunisations are kept up to date; managing mild illnesses at work; giving advice and assistance on all health matters arising from work and providing crisis Counselling where required.

In making decisions with regards to medical fitness for the programme, we will ensure that we comply with relevant legislation, e.g. The Disability Discrimination Act 1998.  The Occupational Health Physician and Occupational Health Nurses are all bound by the Code of Professional Conduct as set out by the BMA and NMC and complete confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Further information on the services provided by the Occupational Health Service can be found at their website:

Where a recommendation has been received following Occupation Health review that a student is not fit to attend either practice and/or theory, then the SNMSW will (i) normally OR (ii) initiate a period of interruption on the grounds that the programme is predicated on an integrated model of learning combining both theory and practice and non-attendance in one domain will compromise progress in the other.

Counselling Service

5th Floor Crawford House, Precinct Centre, Booth Street East – Tel 0161 275 2864

The Counselling Service offers confidential help with any personal issues affecting work, self-esteem, relationships, mental health or general well-being available to all University of Manchester students. The team have qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy and provide a range of therapeutic responses to all kinds of personal problems.

Further information on the services provided by the Counselling Service can be found at their website:

University Non Academic Support Services

In addition to the support services provided through the Division, the University offers a wide range of services to Students. Most of these are based on the main campus on Oxford Road.  For full details of the following services please refer to the A-Z of Student Services

  • Student Guidance Service
  • University Counselling Service
  • Student Health Service
  • Nightline
  • Manchester Student Homes
  • Overseas Students
  • English Language Teaching Unit
  • Careers Service
  • Security
  • The Postgraduate and Mature Students Society
  • Disability Support Office
  • Computer Facilities Available in the University

Guide to IT Services is located at:

Division Student Support Office

The Student Support Office has a full time Student Support Officer, and an intern who has recently graduated from the University.

Support is offered for academic or personal issues; preparation for Progress Committees, disciplinary hearings and appeals; and information on and referrals to specialised support within the Division, the University or outside agencies.

  • The Student Support Office also facilitates student representation and the peer mentor schemes. If you are interested in getting involved email for further information.

To arrange a meeting please contact

Telephone:  0161 306 7717 / 7725 Room 3.338 Jean McFarlane Building

Division Student Council

The Student Council was established in February 2005 to support student nurses, midwives and social workers. The council aims to promote the enrichment of the student experience in clinical, academic, social and personal domains and promote advocacy of student issues through effective communication between students, staff, Hospital trusts and other related organisations.

To get involved in the Student Council please contact


Library Facilities

The University of Manchester Library

The University of Manchester Library provides you with the resources and support you need throughout your programme. The Main Library houses all of the essential text books whilst the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons provides a 24/7 learning environment in addition to study skills workshops. The Library also has an extensive collection of eBooks, databases and journals available online.

The My Library tab in My Manchester has quick links to all of the Library’s resources and services available to students.

 Getting Started

You will need your student card to access all library sites around campus. Many of our services and resources also require you to confirm that you are a registered student. This authentication can be your student card, the ID number on the card, your Library PIN, the central username and password you use to log on, or a combination of these.

There is a library guide for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work students giving all of the latest information on resources and learning and research services available. This is a good starting point if you are looking for any library resources or information related to your course.

Each course module in Blackboard includes an online reading list, so you can quickly check availability and directly access e-books, digitised chapters and e-journals or articles.

The Main Library

The Main Library holds the principal collection of Nursing and Midwifery books and journals. Textbooks are located on Floor 2 of the Blue Area, together with books in other related subjects. Journals held in print are on Floor 1 of the Green Area in the Clinical Sciences sequence; further relevant periodicals are shelved in other areas of the Main Library.  The library search facility will let you know what items are available and where to find them, including eBooks and online journals.

The Main Library offers group study rooms, individual study space options and computer clusters. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and a cafe lounge can be found on the ground floor. The Library has long opening hours and extends these during exam periods. Please check Locations and Opening Hours for full details on opening hours and facilities.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state-of-the-art learning environment with 24/7 opening hours throughout term-time. The Learning Commons has flexible open learning spaces with multimedia facilities, computer clusters and 30 bookable group study rooms with whiteboards and media screens.

There is a series of training workshops covering a variety of academic and transferable skills hosted in the training room at the Learning Commons.  These workshops include training on revision/study skills, note-taking and other topics and have been developed by the Learning Commons staff in partnership with other teams across the University.  Full details of training sessions are available in the My Learning Essentials Calendar.

IT Facilities

University Computer Facilities

The University has one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe, with a wide range of IT Services for students.

Students at the University have access to a wealth of resources including research support services, PC clusters, email and Internet access, wireless access, Microsoft applications, printing facilities, network document storage, student portal, eLearning environment and the extensive electronic resources managed by John Rylands University Library.

As a new student you will be introduced to the University’s IT facilities at your induction. In addition to your Faculty and Division IT provision, you will find IT facilities in areas of high student use, such as University Place (George Kenyon cluster), John Rylands Library and the Joule Library. The two libraries also house the IT Service Desks where you can get help and information.

You will find the most up-to-date information about our services on the IT Services website, so throughout this guide you will find web addresses which direct you to more detailed information on the web site:

Packed full of information, the website provides details of the services available to users including useful information about day-to-day help and support and information about protection from the latest viruses etc. We recommend you visit the ‘Getting Started’ section of the site first.

University PC Clusters

The University’s Public PC Clusters are available for any staff or student to use. Operated on behalf of the University by the IT Services division, they are present at various locations on campus and also in some Halls of Residence. Opening times for each cluster will vary but at least one cluster operates 24/7 and two clusters operate 23/5 plus extended opening times at weekends.

Some clusters will be booked for teaching and learning purposes at various times, therefore you are advised to visit the website: or the Central IT Service Desk for the latest opening times and PC Cluster information.

Student IT Support Helpdesk

Division Computer Facilities

Computing facilities for the Division are available on the 2nd floor of the Jean McFarlane Building.

The facilities provided have nursing specific applications and there are 40 computers.  Students can access the full range of Clinical Multimedia resources available, such as those within the National Library of Medicine and on-line conferences and lectures, as well as access to the RYBASE and Library.

Printing has to be paid for, via print credits purchased from the Manchester Computing Shop or print robots situated around the University’s campus.

Access to the computers is via a standard University username which is obtained from any of the main campus computers displaying the standard blue logon screen or from the registration computers at University Place, by answering the questions when prompted students can gain access to and receive their username and password. This will enable them to use any of the computers to which any student has access.

Study Skills

Each student will start their programme with a mix of different skills.  We have identified a number of Study Skills that are vital for you to master early in your study, in order to achieve your full potential on the programme.  These include academic writing, Harvard Referencing, Using IT software, Numeric and Literature skills.

The Study Skills Unit is available in your programme Community Area on Blackboard – select ‘On Your Programme’ section and the link to ‘Study Skills Support’. In addition, you can visit the Palgrave publishers website as this also contains information regarding study skills and is freely available to all students  There is a specific section on plagiarism referencing and critical thinking skills which can be accessed as an audio presentation by clicking onto the MP3’s icon button or by following the link

Each programme of study will provide an introduction to relevant study skills during enrolment.  If you feel that you may have a learning disability further assistance may be available, please see your Academic Advisor or the Disability Support Officer at the Jean McFarlane Building.


All students are automatically enrolled onto a number of introductory course units that provide information on health and safety, academic malpractice and academic literacy.  Completion instructions for each of these units are clearly defined within the course.  Completion of these units is mandatory for all students.  All assessments must be completed as soon as possible after the programme begins, with the academic malpractice assessment completed before the first piece of coursework is submitted.  Completion of the units is monitored by the School.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Online Skills Training Resource

The Faculty has developed a skills training resource to support you through your postgraduate taught programme. This online material should supplement the assessed learning material and activities undertaken in your taught programme.

Accessing the online skills resource

You can access Blackboard through the My Manchester portal ( The skills training resource is available in an academic community space available to all registered PGT students in the Faculty through Blackboard. If you cannot see these units in your Blackboard please contact your Programme Administrator.


Full details of all these resources can be found in the introduction to each unit. These resources have been designed to give you formative feedback on your progress through them.

If you experience any problems and would like to talk to someone please contact your Programme Director. If you have questions about referencing and how it applies to your own work, please contact your Programme Director or dissertation supervisor/module lead.

* NOTE: the material in this online resource is for reference and formative learning purposes only. If your programme involves taught units then you should refer to the Blackboard material relating to that course unit. Please contact your Programme Administrator if you are unsure which material relates to your assessed work. You will still be able to refer to the online skills resource in later years.


Introduction to Assessments

Each unit of study has been designed to evidence development using a range of assessment strategies. A range of assessments, formative and summative, is used to assess achievement of unit and programme outcomes. Assessment methods specifically focus on enabling students to consolidate and apply their developing knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills to the integration of theory and practice related to clinical/health and social care practice. Summative assessments are complemented by continuous formative assessments which are part of each course unit materials.

Summative assessments include traditional approaches of essay writing which will develop abilities associated with complex problem solving, critical thinking and construction of sound arguments presented in written formats. In seminars, through poster construction and in debates students will be expected to articulate these skills as well as develop their presentational and discursive style. Depending on units selected, other forms of assessment methods include completing reports, case studies, presentations, a research/practice development proposal and practice competency documents. Practice based learning experiences will include opportunities to develop and be assessed in advanced clinical skill with a mentor/assessor.

Your unit lead, will be available for academic and pastoral support, encouraging and reviewing your progression and engaging collaboratively in your learning and decision-making processes.

The University degree regulations

This section reflects the assessment regulations of the University of Manchester.  The standard of the University’s awards and the students’ confidence in the equity and parity of the assessment of their work depends crucially on the scrupulous conduct of all matters relating to the assessment process.

The dynamic nature of nurse education, the variety of assessment strategies, and the changes in University regulations will lead to periodic review of the assessment information within this handbook.

Students will be notified of updates through the student Community area in Blackboard.

It is essential that you familiarise yourself with these regulations so that you are aware of the correct procedures to follow for all assessment matters.

Systems are in place to support your progression throughout the programme.  Please take time to read the rest of this section as it will guide you through relevant processes.  If you have a problem or concern at any stage of the assessment process it is beneficial to the student to deal with issues as they arise.

Range of Assessments

A range of assessments are utilised within the programme in order to assess students’ knowledge, understanding, and developing intellectual, practical and key transferable skills. Individual and group seminars utilised enable students’ knowledge and skills to be assessed through verbal presentations to academic and clinical staff and fellow students.  The ability to communicate information and understanding using this format is an essential skill that will be required throughout students’ healthcare careers.   Group work also allow for assessment of students’ abilities to work together as a team.

Programmes use a variety of assessment methods. In this programme some examples of the methods used include:

  • Written Assignments
  • Seminar Presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Audio/Visual Recorded assessment
  • Assessment in Practice through Practice Assessment Documents (PAD’s)

Management of the Assessment Process

Criteria for Success

See Course Unit Guide.

Failure to Achieve in Clinical Practice

You are expected to achieve all the standards or competencies and practice skills specified for each unit. Failure to achieve one of the outcomes specified will constitute a fail grade being awarded.

If you are not making satisfactory progress at any time you should be informed. These events must be documented within an intermediate report and your personal teacher contacted.

Practice Assessment

Like academic assessments, all practice assessments need to be passed in order for an award to be conferred.

  • Assessment documentation is your personal and professional responsibility and should not be given to clinical staff for safe keeping or to take away and complete. You will be fully responsible for document loss.
  • You will need to secure a mentor prior to commencing the unit. A mentor will have responsibility to assess you in practice making both verbal and written comment.  Each mentor should have a copy of the Programme Specific guidelines/mentors handbook.  This can be obtained from your Course Unit Leader if required.
  • Another appropriately qualified member of staff, working in that clinical placement, may carry out the function of the associate mentor for individual aspects of practice but the mentor will have overall responsibility for assessment. Placement Mentor Alone Determines a Pass / Fail.
  • The mentor will give verbal and written comments on your progress in achieving the desired outcomes and practice skills. This will be assessed continuously as you move through the units and specifically both midway and at the end of the unit. The mentor signs the standards document to verify success in the practical aspects of the unit.
  • The Course Unit Leader should be contacted if you encounter difficulty in being able to organise these meetings.
  • Both mentor and student need to be familiar with the documentation before any entries are made. Should there be any problems associated with the understanding of this documentation the Course Unit Leader should be contacted.
  • Completed practice assessment documents should be returned by the specified date to the receiving office.
  • There is a word limit set for the evidence and reflection recorded within the Practice Assessment Document. The required word limit will be indicated on the document guidelines.

It is important to ensure that the practical assessment document is adequately completed.  The Verification Sheet must be signed and dated by your mentor and by you.  If you are experiencing any difficulty in completing the practice assessment document you are strongly advised to talk to your Course Unit Leader or to contact the Examinations Office rather than submit the document incomplete or incorrectly recorded.

Guidelines of Assessment

Course Work Requirements


It is strongly recommended that if you do not understand any aspect of an assignment or are otherwise experiencing some related difficulty, to contact your Course Unit Leader as soon as possible to discuss the situation.  The Course Unit Leader will offer you appropriate academic support, or referral to other support mechanisms within the Division or university.


Please note that in the interests of parity and equity amongst students, and in the interests of promoting independent self-directed learning, only one draft piece of work (500 words) can be reviewed, and normally this should not be within 2 weeks of the submission date. Students will be given a cut-off date for the submission of formative work which will be identified within the course unit guide. All formative work submission should be via TURNITIN. Feedback on this draft is formative (feedback on how the work is progressing and identifying areas for development).

Written Assignments and Seminars

Each seminar is divided into a delivery section and a text (or written) section, both of these will be assessed.  The regulations regarding word limits which apply to written assignments apply equally to seminar texts.  For seminar delivery, you are strongly advised to read and adhere to the guidelines which will be provided by your Course Unit Leader and will include details of time, venue, and presentation methods.

(i)        The delivery of the seminar will be presented in the designated classroom at the designated time.

(ii)       If you are absent for seminar delivery, and this is unauthorised, the seminar will be classified as a fail.

(iii)      You are advised to arrive well in advance of your seminar delivery time.

(iv)      If you do arrive late for seminar delivery, you should report as soon as you can, to your Course Unit Leader.

(v)       Lateness will constitute ‘an attempt’ unless the programme Examination Office receives official documentary evidence, within 5 working days of the Seminar delivery.

(vi)      Once a seminar text has been submitted it will not be returned. You are therefore strongly advised to make two copies of each seminar text.  The second non-submitted copy is for your own reference.

(vii)     All seminar texts must be submitted to the programme receiving Office by 12:00pm hours on the date specified unless stated otherwise. A receipt as proof of submission will be provided.

(viii)    If you do not submit a seminar text on time, the whole assignment will be classified as a fail.

(ix)      If you are sick on the day of seminar delivery and / or the last day of seminar text submission and thereby fail to meet the submission deadline, the programme Examination Office must (within 5 working days of the date) receive a certificate of sickness signed by a doctor or doctor’s letter or self cert form. If this is not forthcoming, a fail grade will be awarded.

(x)       If you have your absence certified, another delivery and /or submission date will be provided. The amount of time normally allowed is equivalent to the amount of continuous sickness from the original submission date until return to work.

(xi)      If the period of sickness is short and it is a first attempt, the work will generally be marked with the resubmitted seminar texts and deliveries.   If the period of sickness is long and / or it is not a first attempt another date for results will be provided. This is normally four to six weeks after submission.

(xii)     Absence from assessed Seminars/presentations as a result of a planned holiday or appointment will constitute ‘an attempt’, as a result the student will be referred for that assessment.

Assignment Word Count (Including Dissertation)

In accordance with the University Policy on Marking:

Each written assignment has a word limit which you must state at the top of your first page. It is acceptable, without penalty, for you to submit an assignment within a range that is plus 10% of this limit. If you present an assignment with a word count exceeding the specified limit+10%, the assignment will be marked but 1% will be deducted from this mark for every 100 words over the limit given.

For an original word limit that is 1000 words and an assignment that is marked out of 100.  If a submission is made that is 1101 words then it exceeded the 10% leeway, and is more than 100 words over the original limit and should receive a 1 mark deduction.

In accordance with accepted academic practice, when submitting any written assignment for summative assessment, the notion of a word count includes the following without exception:

  • All titles or headings that form part of the actual text. This does not include the fly page or reference list
  • All words that form the actual essay
  • All words forming the titles for figures, tables and boxes, are included but this does not include boxes or tables or figures themselves
  • All in-text (that is bracketed) references
  • All directly quoted material

Certain assessments may require different penalties for word limits to be applied. For example, if part of the requirement for the assessment is conciseness of presentation of facts and arguments. In such cases it may be that no 10% leeway is allowed and penalties applied may be stricter than described above. In such cases the rules for word count limits and the penalties to be applied will be clearly stated in the assessment brief and in the submission details for that assessment.

Presentation of Assignments

(NB: This section also and equally applies to seminar texts)

  • Presentation is an important aspect of assignment writing. Poor presentation of assignments can result in poor marks. You are strongly advised to consider the following guidelines. Further aspects of assignment presentation can be obtained from your Course Unit Leader.
  • Students submitting assignments electronically must complete the submission page and when asked to enter the submission title, must enter their 7 digit university id number (to be found on the student I.D./library/photo card). Failure to follow this explicit instruction may result in a ‘Failed to submit’.
  • All assignments submitted online should have the appropriate information situated in the header/footer of the document. This should include your student ID (7 digit number on your I.D./library/photo card) and the Course unit Code. A submission guide can be found in the online submission area in Blackboard.

For any hard copy assessments submitted to the examinations office, you must complete a coversheet/Pro-forma prior to submission. These can be obtained from the Examinations & Assessments Office, room G.313 Jean McFarlane Building University Place.

  • All work must be submitted in typescript. If you do not possess a word processor, you have access to IT facilities and support within the university and Division. Your Course Unit Leader will be able to provide you with information on how to access these facilities.
  • For typescript the font size of the main body of text should be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14.
  • You will not be penalised for handwritten assessments, however hand written work must be legible; that which is not may receive lower marks or a fail grade.
  • The presentation should be consistent. Marks will be deducted if some of the assessment is hand written and some of it is in typescript.
  • Lines of script must be 1.5 to double spaced. An extra line should be present between paragraphs.
  • Pages should possess adequate side margins of approximately 2.5
  • Each page must be numbered, preferably at the bottom centre position. Only one side of each sheet of paper should contain handwriting or typescript.
  • Each assignment must possess a reference list using a Harvard style (see appendix 1). You will incur a penalty for any assignment submitted without a reference list meaning a mark of 0% will be awarded.
  • When submitting your assignment online, this must include your reference list as part of the same document.
  • All assignments submitted online will need to follow the appropriate instructions on the appropriate submission area in Blackboard.
  • You are strongly advised to retain a personal copy, as assignments cannot be returned.

Seminar Presentations

  • Each seminar is divided into a delivery section and a text (or written) section, both of these will be assessed.
  • For seminar delivery, students are strongly advised to read and adhere to the respective guidelines.
  • The time limits for each seminar delivery will be strictly adhered to. Students are strongly advised to utilise allocated time to the full.

Written and Practical Formal Examinations

  • If you do not present yourself at an examination for reasons other than illness or other officially verifiable cause, you will be deemed to have failed that examination and awarded a fail grade. Misreading of the timetable or communication will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation of absence.
  • If you do not sit an examination, satisfactory official documentation (detailing the cause) such as a certificate of sickness, signed by a doctor or doctor’s letter or self-certification form, should be received by the Examination & Assessments Office within 5 working days1 of the examination. This will enable the attempt to be declared null and void. Another date/time will be arranged.
  • In the event of late arrival, In the case of any written examination, you are only permitted to enter the examination room within the first 30 minutes. In the case of practical examinations no student is permitted to enter the examination room if his / her ‘time slot’ has been missed. You are strongly advised therefore to arrive at examination sites well in advance of the commencement of examinations.
  • A student, who arrives late to an examination, should, at a mutually convenient time, report to his / her personal tutor/unit leader.
  • Lateness at any examination (written or practical) will constitute ‘an attempt’ unless official documentary evidence such as that from the police (in the case of an accident) is received by the Examination Office within 5 working days of the examination.
  • You are required to bring to each examination your current university registration card (swipe card). In the case of written examinations this card will normally be placed on the top right hand corner of the desk and is to remain there throughout the examination. In the case of practical examinations an examiner will inspect the card at the beginning of each student’s examination.
  • If you are not in possession of a ‘swipe card’ another form of acceptable identity will be one that contains a recent photograph and your name such as a current passport or staff ID card.
  • A form of identity not containing a photograph will be unacceptable, as will a form of identity not containing, but presented with, a separate photograph.
  • Should you present at an examination with any form of identity, other than those referred to above, or no photographic proof of identity at all you will be refused entry and / or asked to leave. This will be registered as ‘an attempt’ and a fail grade will be awarded.
  • Written examinations must be completed in ink. Work in pencil is only allowed, for the drawing of graphs, diagrams or illustrations.
  • Pencil cases, tins or other containers are not allowed in any examination rooms. Candidates who need to keep pens, pencils etc. together must use either a rubber band or small transparent plastic bag.
  • You must write your examination answers legibly. If scripts are deemed illegible by the examiners, they will receive a fail grade.
  • Talking to, or any other form of communication with, other candidates during an examination is strictly forbidden. Smoking, eating and drinking in examination rooms is forbidden. If a student is found to be indulging in any of these activities he/ she will be asked by an invigilator to desist. If you do not comply with this request or if it is repeated in the same examination, you will be asked to leave and as a minimum penalty will be awarded a fail grade.
  • It is a serious offence for you to take to your desk (or station in the event of a practical examination) any books, notes, or other materials or aides which are not specifically authorised for use in that examination. If you are found in possession of unauthorised material, whether deliberately intending to use it or not, you will be brought before the University’s Discipline Committee and will find that, as a minimum penalty, your examination paper will receive a fail grade. A number of more severe penalties (including expulsion from the programme) are available according to the circumstances of individual cases.

At the end of written examinations you must not leave your seat until all of the answer books have been collected. Silence must be observed, throughout, until all candidates have left the examination room. If you wish to leave an examination room before the allotted finishing time, you must remain seated and raise a hand: invigilators will come to collect your answer book after which you are free to leave (silently). Except for sickness you are not permitted to leave a written examination during the last 15 minutes.

  • In the case of practical examinations silence from the candidates is also normally demanded unless specified by the nature of the examined task.
  • If you are taken ill during an examination and do not complete it, providing that a certificate of sickness signed by a doctor or a doctor’s letter is presented to the Continuing Examination Office within 5 working days of the examination, the attempt will be declared invalid. Another date will then be arranged for the examination to be undertaken.
  • Mobile phones/pagers should not be taken into the examination.

Referencing – The Harvard System

Accurate referencing of all written work is essential as it enables readers to (i) assess the accuracy of the writer’s interpretation of source material; (ii) check the writer’s integrity; and (iii) easily seek out material that may be of interest to their own studies.  All assignments completed for this programme of study are required to have a reference list.

There are many referencing/bibliographical systems around, the Harvard system is the system adopted by many of the prestigious healthcare journals.  More importantly, it is the system, which the Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work has adopted.  This means that it is the only system, which is acceptable for any work submitted by students within the Division.

The Harvard system is a standardised system.  This means that certain conventions must be adhered to (though there is some room for flexibility).  The Harvard system works on the principle that every text/article/book mentioned (“cited”) in an assignment must have a matching full reference in the final reference list.  Likewise, every full reference in the reference list must have been mentioned in the main body of the assignment.  An additional “bibliography” (which in this context means a list of texts/articles/books used, but not mentioned in the main body of an assignment) is not required.

A guide to the Referencing System will be available in the Community Area on Blackboard.

For any student who has cited throughout their summative assessment submission, but failed to provide a reference list, the assessment will be marked following which a 10% reduction will be applied by the marker.  A comment will be provided by the marker in the feedback, noting the lack of a reference list.

This change does not replace of impact on the policy pertaining to academic malpractice.


As a student, you are expected to cooperate in the learning process throughout your programme of study by completing assignments of various kinds that are the product of your own study or research. For most students this does not present a problem, but occasionally, whether unwittingly or otherwise, a student may commit what is known as plagiarism or some other form of academic malpractice when carrying out an assignment. This may come about because students have been used to different conventions in their prior educational experience or through general ignorance of what is expected of them.

The University uses electronic systems for the purposes of detecting plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice and for marking.  Such systems include TurnitinUK, the plagiarism detection service used by the University.

As part of the formative and/or summative assessment process, you may be asked to submit electronic versions of your work to TurnitinUK and/or other electronic systems used by the University (this requirement may be in addition to a requirement to submit a paper copy of your work).  If you are asked to do this, you must do so within the required timescales.

The Division also reserves the right to submit work handed in by you for formative or summative assessment to TurnitinUK and/or other electronic systems used by the University.

Please note that when work is submitted to the relevant electronic systems, it may be copied and then stored in a database to allow appropriate checks to be made.

Assessment Process

How to submit Assessed Work

(NB: This section also and equally applies to seminar texts)

  • All written assignments must be submitted by 12:00 noon on the date specified. A receipt will be provided as proof of submission. Online submission will take place through the relevant unit area of Blackboard.
  • If you are sick on the day of submission and therefore fail to submit an assignment, the Examination & Assessments Office must, within 5 working days of the submission date, receive a certificate of sickness, or self-certification of sickness form. Forms can be obtained from the Examinations Office. If either of these is not forthcoming, a fail grade will be awarded.
  • Once this evidence is obtained, another submission date will be provided. The amount of time normally allowed is equivalent to the amount of continuous sickness from the original submission date until return to the programme.
  • If the period of sickness is short and you are presenting as a first attempt, the work will generally be marked with the resubmitted scripts. If the period of sickness is long and / or it is not a first attempt another date for results will be provided.

Location of the Assessments Office for Submission of Work

In exceptional circumstances, eg for Practice Placement documents, work may be submitted to the Continuing Professional Development Examinations office located in:

Room G.313, Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Road, University of Manchester M13 9PL

The Examinations Administrator is Richard Boyd:

Telephone number:  0161-306-7710
Email address:

The office is open during office hours of 9.00am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.

The Programme Examinations Officer is Janice Christie:

Telephone number: 0161-306- 7656 . Email address:

Submission Dates

Submission dates for each course unit are to be found on Blackboard in the relevant Course Unit Guide in the Course Documents folder.

In exceptional circumstances submission dates may be subject to change, you are strongly advised to check Blackboard on a regular basis, as any changes would be posted there.

Online Submission

Submission of assignments electronically takes place on the relevant unit area of Blackboard. Please follow the guidelines located on the Exams & Assessments section of the Student Community area on Blackboard. If you have any further queries then please contact the examinations and assessments office in the first instance.

Please note that unless otherwise stated the submission deadline for all assignments will be 12.00noon on the submission date as outlined in your submission timetable on the Exams & Assessments section of the Student Community area on Blackboard.


(NB This section also and equally applies to seminar presentations and texts)

You must submit assignments by the dates specified. Course Unit Leaders can grant up to four weeks extension in the first instance however this must be directed through the exams office.

Applications for extensions must normally be made in writing using the appropriate proforma.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this form is completed accurately and is legible. All extension requests must normally be accompanied by documentary evidence from an independent third party. All requests for an extension must be processed through the assessments office.

The form can be found outside the Assessments Office as well as in the Examinations section of the Student Gateway on Blackboard.

Applications for extensions should be submitted to the Assessments Office as soon as it is realised that an extension may be required.  This should not normally be within 5 working days of submission.  If an extension is requested within the 5 working days of submission please refer to the MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES section in this document.

Automatic extensions are normally given where a student is ill in the two weeks prior to the submission date where the illness is certified by a doctor

The Examinations Officer (or nominee) will consider each application in consultation with your Course Unit Leader.

Extensions will not normally be granted for any computer or computer disk problem, printer malfunction or computer disk loss. You are therefore strongly advised to complete any assignment well before the final submission date to avoid last minute problems.

If a student has a number of assignments and/or examinations in a short period of time, this will not constitute sufficient reason for the granting of an extension.

Students who are granted an extension and subsequently submit outside of the originally designated marking period may experience a delay in acquiring their result and feedback.

Late Submission Penalty (Including Dissertation)

Work submitted after the deadline without prior approval will be subject to a late penalty in accordance with the University Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes.  The penalty applied is 10% of available marks deducted per day/24 hours (from the time of the original or extended deadline), until the assignment is submitted or no marks remain.

Penalties for late submission relate to 24 hours/calendar days, so include weekends and weekdays, as well as bank holidays and University closure days.

The mark awarded for the piece of work will be reduced by:
10% of the available marks deducted if up to 24 hours (1 day) late
20% of the available marks deducted if up to 48 hours (2 days) late
30% of the available marks deducted if up to 72 hours (3 days) late
40% of the available marks deducted if up to 96 hours (4 days) late
50% of the available marks deducted if up to 120 hours (5 days) late
60% of the available marks deducted if up to 144 hours (6 days) late
70% of the available marks deducted if up to 168 hours (7 days) late
80% of the available marks deducted if up to 192 hours (8 days) late
90% of the available marks deducted if up to 216 hours (9 days) late
100% of the available marks deducted if up to 240 hours (10 days) late

If the assessment is submitted within 10 days of the deadline the assessment should be marked and feedback to the student provided. If this mark before the penalty is applied reaches the appropriate pass mark but the applied penalty results in a fail of the assessment, the student should not be required to resit the assessment as the original mark can be taken as the resit mark. Further information and examples can be found in the Policy and associated Guidance documents.

For work submitted more than 10 days late, it is regarded as a non-submission and need not be marked. In this case a mark of zero will be awarded and normal resit regulations will apply.

The sliding scale should only be applied to first-sit submissions. For all referred (resit) assessment, any late submission will automatically receive a mark of zero.

For further information:

Guidance on Late Submission

Policy on the Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes


A special meeting of a panel drawn from the programme examination board will discuss personal and medical circumstances that affect a student’s assessment performance. Written information and evidence must be submitted to the Programme at the earliest opportunity and always before the examiners meeting.

All deliberations of examinations boards on MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES must be recorded in the Minutes of the meeting. See the university web site regarding mitigating circumstances and the following hyperlinks for more details.

Sometimes circumstances or events beyond a students’ control may adversely affect their ability to perform in an assessment to their full potential or to complete an assignment by the set deadline. In such cases mitigation may be applied, i.e. treating marks or results in a way that recognizes the adverse impact that may have resulted from those circumstances or events, or waiving penalties that would arise from late submission.

Mitigation will not result in the changing of any marks, unless penalties for late submission are waived after an assignment has already been marked. Instead, mitigation may result in some marks being disregarded and the assessment being excused because it was adversely affected.

The student should first seek advice from their academic advisor as to whether the adverse circumstances are sufficient to warrant consideration by the Division’s MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES Panel. Advice should also be sought as to whether it is in the interest of the student to consider alternative remedies such as a deadline extension, re-scheduling of an assessment within a current assessment period (if possible), or sitting an examination at the next available opportunity. In very serious cases, the student might even be best advised to interrupt their studies for a period of time.

It is important to remember that, in order to qualify for consideration, the adverse circumstances or events must be unforeseeable or unpreventable, and sufficiently disruptive to have a significant adverse effect on the academic performance of the student or their ability to complete assignments by the due date.

 Policy on Mitigating Circumstances


  • All summatively assessed course work (the completed work which will be marked and awarded a grade or pass/fail) will be marked by a lecturer/teacher within the programme.
  • All seminars, written examinations and assignments, having been marked are then moderated. This means that another team of tutors / lecturers, who were not involved in the initial marking, review the comments and marks that have been awarded. The moderators will review fail, borderline fail and borderline pass grades.
  • If you fail any assessment for the first time you will normally be allowed one opportunity to be reassessed unless you have left the course.
  • The determination of competency based practice awarded at the end of a practice placement is the responsibility of the placement mentor who will sign to verify successful completion of the requirements of practice assessment. It is very important that you do not hand in your PAD without having the verification signed by your mentor. Failure to do so will result in a fail grade. If you are experiencing difficulties getting that signature for the hand in date, you are advised to contact the examinations office for advice.
  • A selection of scripts from each assessment is then sent to an external examiner from another university. This person considers fail, borderline fail and borderline pass grades, as well as a selection of other grades, and will make comments on issues of parity and equity. This is an important quality assurance role and the external examiner will have been invited to, and may visit you and fellow students, to seek your anonymous comments on your student experience.
  • Each assessment including practice is considered by the Board of Examiners which consists of tutors/lecturers, including markers and moderators, and external examiners. The meetings are chaired by the Head of Division (or nominee). No mark or grade is finalised until it has been considered by this committee.

Please note that in the interests of parity and equity amongst students, and in the interests of promoting independent self-directed learning only one substantial draft of work can be reviewed, and normally this should not be within 2 weeks of the submission date. Feedback on this draft is formative (feedback on how the work is progressing and areas for development).

Publication of Results & feedback

You will be provided with dates for submission of your assignments, practice documents and examinations, by the unit leader on commencing the unit.

You will normally receive provisional feedback, based on the internal markers comments, four to six weeks after submission.  This feedback is provisional and subject to confirmation of/by the External Examiner and ratification by the Examination Board.  This information will either be posted or emailed to you at your University student account, or uploaded to the Divisions online results system for you to access through Blackboard.

  • Following external examiners approval and ratification you will receive the final feedback by post or e-mail to your University student account.
  • Any student who has failed will be notified in writing of the resubmission date following the ratification of results by the Examiners Board.
  • Any student, having failed a part or all of the assessment process for the second time, will automatically be referred to the Progress Committee.
  • Results cannot be given over the telephone and no tutor / lecturer is permitted to divulge results to you or others.
  • Teachers/lecturers are the only people who are entitled on request to remove examination scripts from relevant Examination Office. The scripts need to be signed in and signed out by a tutor / lecturer.


  1. Working days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays excluding Bank Holidays.
  2. Any written communication by external post will be sent to the address last supplied to the Division by you. It is your responsibility to ensure that your current address is on record. It will not be acceptable for a student to claim that you were not informed of events if the Division has not received details of a change of address either by email or in writing.

 Opportunities for Re-assessment

If you fail to satisfy the examiners in a unit of study at level 7 you may, subject to the permission of the Examinations Board, and by establishing that the 1st attempt was bonafide, present yourself for re-examination and/or reassessment on a subsequent occasion, the specific date of which will be set by the Examination and Assessment Board.  For units with more than one piece of assessment and where aggregation exists for this assessment the original marks for the work which has been passed at 1st attempt will be calculated towards the aggregated overall mark.

Resit fee charges

As of September 2011 all students needing to undertake a resit Assessment at second attempt may be charged a fee. The full policy and details of fees will be posted on Blackboard prior to the first submission period.

Exam Scheduling

During the January examination period this year, taking place between 16th-27th January, the University will be administering a total of 29,460 individual student examinations across all Divisions and Faculties. A total of 1,727 separate examination papers will be invigilated during this time, and these will take place over 1,157 separate examinations sessions. The University uses a total of 69 different venues and 12 PC clusters for these activities to occur.

The examination schedule has been produced using dedicated software for which the overarching factor is the production of a timetable with none, or as few as possible, student clashes. While attempts are made to ensure that students have a spread of examination dates throughout the examination period, in many cases this is not possible given the institutional constraints on the numbers of examination venues that are available, the number of examinations that are scheduled to take place and the options available to students on any particular programme of study.

Health & Conduct Committee




It is requirement of both the NMC and GSCC that when a University places the names of students on a pass list to graduate for the pre-registration diplomas/degrees, the University is confirming that these students are of good health, good character and fit to practice. The relevant advice is contained for nursing/midwifery students at:

and for social work students at:

Functions of the NMSW Health and Conduct Committee

The overall function of the NMSW Health and Conduct Committee (NMSW H&C) is to consider matters concerning a student’s conduct and health as directed by both the University of Manchester regulations and policies, (for example, attendance, academic malpractice, plagiarism, conduct and discipline -both inside and outside the campus of the University of Manchester) and the guidance from the NMC and GSCC and regulatory framework relating to pre-registration students.

The Committee does this by monitoring the student’s health, conduct and discipline issues (including attendance) and determines the consequences and course of action, for students in the following scenarios:

  • Where a report of unprofessional behaviour or unsatisfactory conduct has been received;
  • Where reports of unsatisfactory attendance have been received;
  • Students whose general health is of concern.

Terms of Reference for the Division of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work Health and Conduct Committee can be found on the Student Gateway (Blackboard).

Procedure for the Committee on Fitness to Practice

The Faculty procedure for the committee on Fitness to Practice guidance can be found via the following link:

Publishing Final (Ratified) Results

At various points in the academic year, each assessment is considered by the Board of Examiners, which consists of lecturers, including markers and moderators, and external examiners. The meetings are chaired by The Head of Division (or nominee). No mark or grade is finalised / ratified until it has been considered by this committee. In order to facilitate early feedback, students normally receive marks before confirmation by the Board of Examiners, but should be aware that marks could change after consideration by the Board. Because this programme offers course units as ‘stand-alone’ options, this board also serves the function of a Progression Board which reviews the completion of work on a regular basis.

External Examiners

External Examiners are individuals from another institution or organisation who monitor the assessment processes of the University to ensure fairness and academic standards. They ensure that assessment and examination procedures have been fairly and properly implemented and that decisions have been made after appropriate deliberation. They also ensure that standards of awards and levels of student performance are at least comparable with those in equivalent higher education institution

External Examiners Reports

External Examiners’ reports relating to this programme will be shared with student representatives at the Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)/programme committee/other appropriate forum (specify), where details of any actions carried out by the programme team/Division in response to the External Examiners’ comments will be discussed. Students should contact their student representatives if they require any further information about External Examiners’ reports or the process for considering them

The External Examiner for this programme is:

Name: Alison James
Name of Institution: Cardiff University
Position at current Institution:  Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Please note that it is inappropriate for students to make direct contact with External Examiners under any circumstances, in particular with regards to a student’s individual performance in assessments.  Other appropriate mechanisms are available for students, including the University’s appeals or complaints procedures and the UMSU Advice Centre. In cases where a student does contact an External Examiner directly, External Examiners have been requested not to respond to direct queries. Instead, External Examiners should report the matter to their Division contact who will then contact the student to remind them of the other methods available for students. If students have any queries concerning this, they should contact their Programme Office (or equivalent).