Attendance and Engagement Responsibilities
11. The University’s faculties maintain an ongoing focus on students, student wellbeing and progress and are responsible for:
a) Establishing and communicating clear attendance and/or engagement requirements for students and designating any compulsory points of attendance as appropriate to the module and its learning outcomes.
b) Detailing all learning and teaching activities and attendance/engagement requirements within module documentation including:
- Details of any compulsory classes and/or activities which are required for successful completion of the module;
- Details of points of academic engagement within the module;
- Any specific attendance or engagement requirements of a relevant professional, statutory or regulatory body;
- The role of the Personal Tutor in respect to attendance and engagement;
- Monitoring and reporting procedures for attendance and engagement;
- Potential consequences of non-attendance/engagement
- Standard arrangements, if available, for students who have absence disregarded (as outlined below) from compulsory classes, assessments etc e.g. a further opportunity to sit the assessment where practicable
c) Monitoring the attendance and engagement of students and maintaining and storing appropriate records for reference in the case of a student appeal or other such circumstance.
d) Taking timely action in response to any unsatisfactory or concerning attendance / engagement patterns. This response would include notifying the student of the consequences of non-attendance/engagement and offering help.
e) Contributing to the University’s responsibilities regarding Tier 4 students by being responsible for the consistent monitoring of the attendance / engagement of students, on Tier 4 visas.
f) Advising the Student Immigration team immediately, of any concerns regarding a Tier 4 student’s attendance / engagement that are to be acted upon by the faculty.
g) Working collaboratively with the Student Immigration team in relation to Tier 4 students’ attendance / engagement issues in order to facilitate an effective overall University response.
Faculties do not have an obligation to persist in attempting to make contact when a student does not respond to communications regarding attendance/engagement and offers of support.
12. Taught students are responsible for:
a) Consistently and proactively engaging with all aspects of their programme of study, and meeting any attendance and engagement requirements associated with each of their modules.
b) Ensuring they have an understanding of the structure and curriculum content of their modules and overall programme, and actively seeking advice if any aspect of this is unclear.
c) Advising their personal tutor of absence, which is likely/has, had a significant impact on their studies.
d) Responding to communications from members of staff of the University as requested.
e) Using the support systems in place to seek advice and guidance where this may be beneficial in relation to challenges or difficulties that may be experienced. The University’s support systems include personal tutors, advisers of studies and central support services.
f) Ensuring that academic approval is obtained for a period of time away from study during a dissertation period, and that only one such period is taken, for a maximum of 14 calendar days.
g) Ensuring they maintain up-to-date contact details via the Student Portal.
h) Informing the University of any absences as outlined at: http://www.stir.ac.uk/registry/studentinformation/absence/
i) Ensuring that they check their University of Stirling email account on a regular basis for any formal notifications/communications.
13. Research students are expected to:
a) Engage with their studies as outlined in the Code of Practice: Research Degrees
b) Use the Research Compass system to record a plan for their research project, support timely project progression and maintain a systematic record of progress;
c) Maintain regular contact with their supervisory team and agree an appropriate schedule of meetings and objectives;
d) Raise concerns or difficulties (academic, professional or personal) affecting their research with the supervisory team or Academic Registry via Stirling Graduate School;
e) Record supervisory meeting dates in Research Compass;
f) Inform the University of absences as outlined at: https://www.stir.ac.uk/registry/studentinformation/absence/
14. Student studying on a Tier 4 visa are required to ALSO:
a) Comply with the points of engagement and administrative points of contact outlined at: https://www.stir.ac.uk/registry/studentinformation/visaandimmigration