Committees and Policies

Appeals Committee

Regulations governing student appeals can be found in the University Calendar.

The College of Arts Appeals Committee shall be constituted as follows:

  1. The Committee shall be convened by the Head of College or his/her nominee.
  2. Up to fourteen members will be drawn from the membership of the College, with the representation from each of the Schools within the College. The membership will be individuals with experience of assessment, teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate (including research) levels. One member shall be appointed as the Vice-Convener.
  3. Members of other College Appeals Committees of the University may also be co-opted onto the College of Arts Appeals Committee to hear specific appeals with the proviso that they must not have had any involvement with the academic decision being appealed against. 

Preliminary Disposal

The Head of College or his/her nominee in consultation with two members of the College Appeals Committee may make a preliminary disposal in order to accelerate a decision.

Arrangements for a Full Hearing before the College Appeals Committee

When a hearing is required, the Committee shall meet within 20 working days of receipt of the letter of appeal. Where this is not possible the appellant should be informed as soon as possible within the 20 day period and be given the reason(s) for the delay.

The code of procedure for an appeal to the College Appeals Committee may be found in the University Calendar.

An appeal against a decision of the College Appeals Committee may be reinstated if the student (or his or her representative) makes representation stating that the College overlooked an aspect of the original appeal.

An appeal may be made to the Senate Appeals Committee against a decision of a College Appeals Committee only on the grounds that:

  1. new evidence has emerged which could not reasonably have been produced to the College Appeals Committee and/or
  2. there has been defective procedure by the College in its disposal of the appeal and/or
  3. the disposal at College level was manifestly unreasonable

Any queries related to the College Appeals process should be directed to Matthew Hastings, the Head of Academic & Student Administration (arts-hoasa@glasgow.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Reporting

The Committee reports annually to Senate.


Progress Committee

Regulations governing student progress can be found in the University Calendar.

The College of Arts Progress Committee may consist of a combination of the following members:

  • Dean of Learning and Teaching
  • School Learning and Teaching Conveners
  • The Chief Adviser of Studies
  • The Assistant Chief Adviser of Studies
  • Senior Advisers of Studies

Its remit is to deal with matters concerning the progression to the next level of study of students throughout their undergraduate degree.

A quorum for any meeting of the Progress Committee will be any three of these. The Committee will meet on occasions between late June and mid-September of each year and will be clerked by the College of Arts Head of Academic & Student Administration or her nominee.  Alternatively, a student may be asked to meet with a sub-committee of the progress committee.

The process involving the Progress Committee is as follows:

  • students who have not met the progress requirements to continue to the next stage of their studies will be identified
  • such students will be contacted by the Chief Adviser's Office via email or telephone, and will be asked to attend a meeting. An email will be sent to each affected student with the outcome of the interview within one week of the meeting of the Progress Committee. Failure to attend may lead to a student being administratively withdrawn from the university.

Any student can be accompanied to any meeting arising from the business of the Progress Committee by a representative.

Appeals against the decisions of the Progress Committee should be directed to Matthew Hastings, the Head of Academic & Student Administration (arts-hoasa@glasgow.ac.uk)

Any queries related to Progress matters should be directed to the Arts Advising team  (arts-advising@glasgow.ac.uk) in the first instance.


Readmission Policy

All students who wish to ask for readmission to their degree in the College of Arts should contact arts-advising@glasgow.ac.uk for a readmission form.

Any student who previously withdrew on grounds of ill health will be asked to provide a medical letter attesting to their fitness to study as part of the readmission procedure. Requests for readmission along with all relevant evidence should be received by 31 August in the year the students wishes to return.

A student whose academic progress in their degree has been satisfactory and whose return will enable them to complete their degree within the normal period from first registration specified in the regulations will automatically be allowed readmission.

If a student requires a repeat year of study as part of their readmission, then the normal policy regarding repeat years is applied.

Please note the relevant section from the University Calendar regarding the maximum period of study which follows. The expectation is that the maximum period of study is calculated in consecutive years.

2. Maximum Period of Study

2.1 A full-time candidate for the MA degree with Honours shall normally complete courses of study in the single subject or pair of subjects over no more than six academic sessions (or seven, if there is a requirement for a year abroad) and shall include study at the Honours level in a Junior Honours year and a Senior Honours year.

2.2 A part-time candidate for the MA degree with Honours shall complete courses of study in the single subject or pair of subjects extending over at least five academic sessions normally including at least three sessions and no more than five sessions of study at the Honours standard. The overall maximum period of study for a part-time candidate for the MA degree with Honours shall normally be 11 academic sessions (or 12 if there is a requirement for a year abroad). Where both full-time and part-time study is involved, two sessions of part-time study shall be deemed equivalent to one session of full-time study.

2.3 The maximum period of study for the completion of the MA General Humanities degree by a full-time candidate shall be five academic sessions. A candidate may continue with his or her studies provided that he or she complies with the progress regulations set out in §3.

2.4 The maximum period of study for the completion of the MA General Humanities degree by a part-time candidate shall normally be 10 academic sessions. Where both full-time and part-time study is involved, two sessions of part-time study shall be deemed equivalent to one session of full-time study.


Repeat Year Policy

Requesting a repeat year in the College of Arts

It is sometimes possible for a student with special circumstances to repeat a year of study in the College of Arts.

All requests to repeat a year of study within the College of Arts must be referred to the College Advising office.

Please note that repeating a year is not guaranteed and that securing repeat year funding from your funding body does not equate to securing a repeat year at the University. 

If you believe that your circumstances warrant this, please in the first instance, email arts-advising@glasgow.ac.uk explaining the reasons for requesting a repeat year and providing documentation as appropriate. Requests for repeat years along with all relevant evidence should be received by 31 August.


Transfer Policy

Transfer Policy for entry into the College of Arts

Any student wishing to transfer to a degree in the College of Arts is advised as a first step to consult the Arts Advising Office in 6 University Gardens or to send an email to arts-advising@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note:  :  For student transfers post application and post entry to the University of Glasgow, see the University Transfer Policy at http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/senateoffice/policies/studentsupport/studenttransferpolicy/#/policyandguidelines

The following points will be taken into consideration in deciding whether a student is eligible for transfer:

1) A student’s initial entry qualifications into the University of Glasgow and whether they would have met the College of Arts requirements for entry to a degree programme.

2) A student’s performance in the degree programme from which they wish to transfer.

3) If a student has taken courses from the College of Arts as part of their current degree programme, consideration will be given especially to their performance on these courses.

Students who have been accepted into Single Honours in a subject within the College of Arts and who are currently in another College should also contact arts-advising@glasgow.ac.uk for a transfer form. They will be transferred provided that:

1) They have completed 40 credits at level 1 and 40 credits at level 2 in the subject to be studied at Honours level.

2) They have fulfilled the College of Arts Honours entry requirements more generally by completing 240 credits, of which 80 are at level 2 over two subjects, and of which 200 are at D3 or above. A student’s overall GPA must be at least 9.