Regulations 2019-20

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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, 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.

Whenever there is a change to assessment regulations, the university applies the principle of ‘no detriment’ to ensure students part-way through their studies are not disadvantaged by the change.

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, 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 electronic version of Academic standards and quality regulations, along with all appendices, additional guidance notes and changes to the regulations for 2019-20, 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
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 2019-20 and supersede all previously issued regulations.

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