Regulations 2017-18


The Academic Standards and Quality Regulations have been developed to fulfil the regulatory requirements of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and are consistent with the Memorandum and Articles of the university.

The regulations cover all undergraduate and postgraduate students and originally were ratified by Network Academic Council (NAC) in October 1997.  Since then, the regulations have been subject to regular amendments and additions.  The regulations included here are listed with a note of the dates of approval.

Sections of the regulations are reviewed as needed by the Regulations Working Group, and ratified by Academic Council, in order that all of the appropriate regulatory requirements are developed and implemented in accordance with the requirements of Higher Education agencies, such as QAA Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council, and also in line with changes to the university’s academic structures and curriculum.

Since February 2011, all taught degrees have been awarded by University of the Highlands and Islands, as distinct from UHI Millennium Institute, which was the institutional name prior to the achievement of university title.

The university achieved research degree awarding powers in June 2017. Academic Council approved relevant regulations in December 2016, which will be applicable from 2017-18 onwards for all students registered for research awards made by the university, and for the management and standards of research programmes and awards.

Students who are registered for a research award with the University of Aberdeen under the accreditation agreement will continue to be subject to the regulatory framework of that agreement.

The university changed its curriculum structure for all taught degree programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) from a framework of 15-credit point modules to one of 20-credit point modules in 2012-13. All programmes commenced delivery on the 20-credit point framework in 2012-13. 

All new and amended student-specific regulations were approved by Academic Council in March.  Changes to quality processes were approved by Academic Council in June.

The electronic version of Academic Standards and Quality Regulations, along with all appendices, additional guidance notes and supporting materials, can be accessed through the website ( and should be taken as the definitive version at all times. 

For any comments or questions regarding these regulations, please contact:


Tara Black

Executive office

01463 279228


Copies of this publication in Braille, large print, audio CD and CD-ROM formats are also available from Tara Black on 01463 279228 (

These regulations are for the academic year 2017-18 and supersede all previously issued regulations.


Section 1 Academic standards and quality policy

Section 2 Quality assurance

Section 3 Academic committees (academic committee structure)

Section 4 Subject review and student support service review

Section 5 Annual quality monitoring

Section 6 framework for curriculum development

Section 7 Programme development

Section 8 Programme approval

Section 9 Responsibilities of academic partners in respect of academic provision

Section 10a Changes to academic provision - programme modification

Section 10b Changes to academic provision - closure and withdrawal from provision

Section 11 Academic leadership - subject networks

Section 12 Academic leadership - degree programmes and modules

Section 13 Collaborative provision

Section 14a Taught postgraduate regulations

Section 14b Postgradaute research degree regulations

Section 15 Appointment and role of external examiners

Section 16 Admissions and enrolment

Section 17a Assessment regulations (SQA and other awarding bodies) 2017-18 V2

Section 17b Assessment and progression regulations (degree programmes)

Section 18 Assessment appeals procedure 2017-18 V2

Section 19 Academic misconduct policy and procedure


Download Academic standards and quality regulations 2017-18 V3 as one document.


Appendix A Scottish higher education quality framework

Appendix B Examination guidelines

Appendix C Assessment guidance notes (SQA programmes)

Appendix D Equivalence policy

Appendix E Approvals process for SQA awards

Appendix F Internal verification of SQA provision

Appendix G Academic misconduct

Appendix H Mitigating circumstances

Appendix I University referencing system

Appendix I Copyright policy

Academic proformas

Academic proformas referenced in the Academic standards and quality regulations

Assessment appeals

Please use the links below to download the Assessment appeals documents