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Policies and Guidelines

Policies in Summary

The University's Learning, Teaching & Assessment Policy seeks to give a clear indication about what all students on a Lancaster programme (undergraduate, postgraduate, research students, distance learners, full-time, part-time, etc.) can expect from Lancaster's learning environment.

This is elaborated through a series of subsidiary policies, strategies and guidance statements:


  • The Admissions Policy outlines our core commitments with respect to entry, admissions, registration, feedback, appeals & complaints, monitoring and review.
  • The Assessment Policy states our core commitments relating to the fair and rigorous assessment of students on a Lancaster University programme. Good assessment practice is built upon the key principles of validity, reliability, usefulness, parity and transparency.
  • The eLearning Strategy seeks to define a more strategic approach to both the development and application of eLearning grounded in regular review of provision. It provides a framework within which innovation can flourish and shared standards can be established.
  • Lancaster has adopted a student-centred approach in which access to high quality support across a range of areas is provided by different agencies in a way which best meets each student's individual circumstances and needs. This is summarised in the Student Support Policy. 
  • The Academic Contact Policy outlines a set of commitments which elaborate on key aspects of the overall LTA Policy. These are a set of minimum standards that all students at Lancaster can expect whilst acknowledging that many programmes offer much more. 
  • The Policy on Collaborative Teaching Provision defines collaborative provision as any formal arrangement whereby the University engages in partnership with another institution or institutions (public or private) to produce teaching learning and assessment normally leading to access, credit or an award. 
  • Given the number and variety of surveys received by staff and students - be they from the University or other agencies - details of our policy on conducting surveys and sharing outcomes are available alongside the current Register of Surveys.

Frameworks and Guidelines

Finally, to aid departments, a resource for keeping Undergraduate Handbooks up to date with current policies and guidelines is available here.


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