School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Regulations & Policies

Regulations and Policies


The University wishes to support students to the completion of their programme of study.

Attendance is central to your success, therefore monitoring student attendance is a key requirement.

It is important for you to attend all seminars and advisable to attend all sessions. If you are absent for whatever reason, or intend to be absent, follow the absence procedure.

As an international student in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you should be aware that irregular attendance has additional repercussions.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) expect all international students to attend classes. Persistent absence may result in your case being referred to the Student Progress Service who may notify UKBA.

This could result in your withdrawal from your programme.

Sensitive Material

Undergraduate students in the School of English and in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty have raised the issue of sensitive topics covered in teaching.

Such topics might include the depiction/discussion of rape, suicide, graphic violence and other themes of this kind.

In humanities areas, such as the ones taught in our School (Literature, Language, Film, Linguistics and Creative Writing), the focus often tends to be the human subject and so it is inevitable that distressing life events and situations can and will be encountered in texts and assignments.

All module leaders provide information in advance about the content of modules.

Students with concerns about the content of any module are encouraged to use this information to consider how best they can prepare themselves to study challenging material in a way that is appropriate to them.

Module/seminar leaders, personal tutors and the Student Wellbeing Service can all provide support and guidance with this process.

Appeals and Complaints

If you want to appeal against a grading you've been given, or have a complaint about how you have been treated by the School, there are several ways to register your concerns.


If you feel that you would like to appeal against a decision made by the Final Board of Examiners, please follow the academic queries and appeals procedure.

All appeals should be directed to

Queries and complaints

We hope you never feel the need to raise a complaint. If the situation does ever arise, you should familiarise yourself with the University's complaints procedure.

If you would like to submit a complaint to the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics under level 1 of the complaints procedure, you should email