Student Charter

Panorama of campus at night

Foreword

The Student Charter sets out the general principles of a partnership between students, the University of Lincoln and the Students’ Union.

The Charter is a statement of mutual expectations and aspirations, it sets out our respective responsibilities and what we can expect of each other.

The Charter is not a book of rules, but rather a declaration of our shared values, and a framework that allows us to take pride in the development of a vibrant student community, for the benefit of all.

We will review the Charter every year to ensure it meets our needs and enables us to respond to new challenges.

Our Charter is founded on the values that shape our community and bind us together, as the university changes, so too do our responsibilities as community members. Our Charter reflects who we are and helps us to ensure that in everything we do, we always have our students’ best interests at heart.

Professor Mary Stuart - Vice Chancellor 
Cassie Coakley - President of the Students’ Union

Our Values

  • We treat each other with dignity and respect
  • We inspire and enable learning
  • We share responsibility for learning
  • We work together to support the University’s Strategic Plan and promote the University’s values

The University

To provide a high-quality learning experience, the University will:

  • Provide a Higher Education curriculum which meets the needs of our students, with Student as Producer at the heart of the learning experience
  • Provide high quality learning materials and provide support to each student in a way that is appropriate to them as an independent learner or researcher
  • Develop and use new technologies to help students learn in a way that meets their needs and maintain high academic standards through fair and challenging assessments
  • Advance our knowledge and understanding through research and scholarly activity which contributes to the global research community and enhances the reputation of the University
  • Value diversity and recognise that different people bring different ideas, knowledge and perspectives that create a dynamic and exciting university culture
  • Respect the rights of individuals to hold different beliefs and views and to express them through appropriate discussion and academic debate
  • Offer activities and support services outside of the curriculum for students to enhance their employability prospects and personal development
  • Provide services which are focussed on the needs of students, to support their personal, emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing

Student Responsibilities

To get the best out of their University experience, students will:

  • Make the commitment to study by using the learning resources and facilities available to us and take responsibility for our own learning and research
  • Complete all scheduled learning, research and assessment activities
  • Contribute to, and support others to contribute to, the academic exchange of ideas and interactions
  • Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity
  • Challenge inequalities and inappropriate behaviour by upholding the respect owed to students and staff of the University community
  • Engage in the Student Representation system and work collaboratively with the University and the Students’ Union to help shape and improve learning experiences
  • Take advantage of all the opportunities provided through either the University or the Students’ Union, via the Skills Log, to enhance employability prospects and personal development

The Students’ Union

In its commitment to the student experience, University of Lincoln Students’ Union will:

  • Maintain and enhance the standards and reputation of the University, recognising the contributions we all can make as individuals and collectives
  • Actively support student participation in the Students’ Union representation system, through the election, development and training of representatives
  • Represent the interests of students at local and national level, and provide timely and accurate information about any changes which may affect the student experience
  • Provide independent, impartial, honest advice to students with academic, financial, housing and welfare problems
  • Support students to lead active lifestyles, provide a range of sports and societies as well as opportunities to engage with Liberation groups to enable students to build friendships and grow in confidence
  • Promote employability and personal development through a range of extra curricula opportunities
  • Develop and work alongside the University to ensure Academic Societies are sustainable and enrich the learning experience of students
  • Create a safe place, and an exciting programme of social events and opportunities to prioritise student experience

Further Information

Regulations and Policies 

  • Academic Review and Appeals (Part B of the University General Regulations)
  • Assessment Charter (see below)
  • Cancelled Classes Policy
  • Student Complaints Procedure (Part E of the University General Regulations)
  • Extenuating Circumstances (Part P of the University General Regulations)
  • IT Acceptable Use Policy
  • Library Regulations (Part I of the University General Regulations)
  • Personal Tutor Policy
  • Student Created Intellectual Property Policy
  • Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure (Part C of the University General Regulations)
  • Student Engagement and Participation Policy

All are available via www.lincoln.ac.uk/regulations or http://secretariat.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

Students’ Union

Information on all aspects of representation, participation and support is available at www.lincolnsu.com or telephone: +44 (0) 1522 886006

Information on support and advice is available at The Students’ Union Advice Centre email - advice@lincolnsu.com or telephone +44 (0) 1522 837000.

Guidance and Information

Student Support Centre and Student Wellbeing Centre
http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/abouttheuniversity/supportdepartments/ or telephone: +44 (0) 1522 837080.


Assessment Charter

Assessments are challenging for both staff and students, and we recognise this and aim to work to the following core principles. This Charter has been developed by staff and students working together.

The University

To provide a high-quality learning experience, the University will:

• Design assessments that are relevant, engaging and aligned to teaching. Test application of knowledge wherever possible.

• Be flexible with assessment type, allowing choice if possible and relevant.

• Ensure students fully understand the purpose and type of assessments, preferably in scheduled sessions. Utilise group sessions for peer discussion of assessments and grading.

• Deliver assessment schedules and information in a timely and effective manner.

• Communicate effectively within programme teams to ensure appropriate timing and amounts of assessment.

• Aim to be as fair as possible. Whilst assessments cannot be 100% objective, processes such as second and double marking improve reliability and this should be explained to students.

• Provide helpful explanations of marking processes and grading systems used.

• Respond to student feedback on assessments. Support students in avoiding academic offences by providing relevant information and training.

• Provide constructive, timely, specific and helpful feedback on students’ work. Recognise that feedback needs vary between students, and be prepared to give further explanation.

 

Student Responsibilities

To get the best out of their University experience, students will:

• Be prepared to apply knowledge in a range of relevant contexts.

• Make choices when they are available, aligning them with potential future workplace activities.

• Attend information sessions asking questions when unsure. Read information and guidance and discuss assessments with peers to support each other.

• Communicate with staff about assessments in a professional and courteous manner.

• Feedback to programme leads if assessment is scheduled in a challenging way.

• Recognise that academics are utilising professional judgment when assessing work.

• Use marking and grading information appropriately, discussing with peers to extend understanding.

• Be honest and accountable throughout assessment processes. Be aware of academic offences and how to avoid plagiarism.

• Read and reflect on feedback provided. Use generic feedback to help with the next assessment (feedforward). Ask questions if feedback is not understood.

• Provide helpful and timely feedback on assessments.

• Engage with innovations in assessment and feedback types. Give feedback and work in partnership to evolve initiatives.

• Attend discussions with External Examiners where scheduled, and provide helpful and professional comments on assessment and feedback.