University's Terms and Conditions
Course Directories and Prospectuses describe programmes available from the University of Sunderland (‘the University’). Every effort is made to ensure that all details, including the list of modules which make up each programme, are correct at the time of going to press but these may be subject to alteration. Should you become a student of the University, you will receive further documents describing the teaching, examination, assessment and other educational services (‘the educational services’) offered by the University, including details of fees payable. In the event of any inconsistency between the information contained in a Directory/Prospectus and the information set out in these further documents, then the further documents will prevail. The University will take all reasonable steps to provide the educational services in the manner set out in each Directory/Prospectus and in those further documents. The University does not, however, guarantee their provision, nor does it provide education to UK undergraduates on a commercial basis. It is also very largely dependent upon charitable and public funds, which the University has to manage in an efficient and cost-effective way, given the context of the provision of a diverse range of programmes to a large number of students. It should therefore be noted that the educational services, programmes, facilities and other arrangements for students described in each Directory/Prospectus are regularly reviewed and are naturally subject to change from time to time sometimes without notice.
The University reserves the right to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of programmes and modules, to discontinue and to merge or combine programmes and modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University in the context of its wider purposes. If the University discontinues any programme, it will use reasonable endeavours to place the student on a suitable alternative programme and where practical will give reasonable notice of such changes.
The University will not be deemed to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions, or otherwise liable to its students in any manner whatsoever, for any failure or delay in its ability to provide the educational services due to an event beyond the reasonable control of the University. Such an event, for the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, means any cause preventing the University from providing the educational services arising from or is attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond the reasonable control of the University including, without limitation, strikes; lockouts or other industrial disputes, protests, war or national emergency, an act of terrorism, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or government order, rule, regulation or direction, breakdown of plant or machinery, utilities failure, fire, explosion, an Act of God, flood, storm, epidemic or other natural disaster; or default or delays of suppliers or sub-contractors. TheUniversity will use all reasonable endeavours to minimise the resultant disruption to those services.
It is the students’ responsibility to familiarise themselves with and to ensure compliance with the requirements of any professional body which they wish to join either before or after graduation. Students should be aware that a change in their circumstances whilst studying (e.g. acquiring criminal convictions or certain physical or mental ailments or illnesses) may affect their continued compliance and in such cases should be notified both to the relevant professional body and to the University for clarification. It should be noted that criminal convictions may not necessarily be a bar to study, but must nevertheless be notified to the University. Where appropriate, registration on a programme may be conditional upon submission and subsequent satisfactory clearance of a completed Criminal Records Bureau disclosure form (regarding the protection of children and vulnerable adults) and/or Medical Clearance form.
The University cannot accept responsibility and expressly excludes liability for damage to or loss of students’ property whilst on University premises or the transfer of computer viruses to students’ equipment unless caused by the negligence of the University.
Whilst registered as students of the University, the University requires its students to familiarise themselves with and comply with University regulations and procedures, including ‘Rules in Respect of Student Conduct and Discipline’, copies of which can be obtained from the University and can be found on its web site:
The University requires its students, as a condition of enrolment, to ensure the payment to the University in each academic year of the tuition fee and any other additional charges pertaining to the course upon which they are enrolled. Students’ attention is drawn to the University’s regulations regarding fees and refunds, available on the above website. In addition to the tuition fee and charges for residential accommodation, students may be required to pay for study materials provided by the University. These may include but are not limited to consumables such as creative art materials, computer disks, and special paper, to learning packs which are intended as cheaper alternatives to textbooks. If field trips are included within the programme you may be required to meet the cost. The University reserves the right to revise or add fees at any time but appropriate notice will be given to those students affected by them. Students should be aware that if a student has not paid the due fees or discharged any other financial obligation to the University, the University reserves the right to neither allow the student to register nor continue in their studies, nor award a degree or other certification and reserves the right to take action to recover outstanding monies.
Data Protection Act 1998
The University Of Sunderland is registered as a data user with the Office of the Information Commissioner. Any personal data collected and or processed by the University is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1988.
The University collects and holds personal data relating to its students for a variety of purposes. These include:-
- Facilitating the enrolment process;
- supplying operational services and external relations and development
- maintenance of the student record (including but not limited to personal and academic details) and management of academic processes (for example, academic audits, examination boards and awarding degrees);
- management of student accommodation;
- general routine administrative functions such as access to buildings and library borrowing (which will include the use of an individual’s photograph as it appears on their student card);
- publishing information (such as on examination notice boards, and for University prospectuses and marketing materials);
- use of photographs on the University website and in marketing materials either taken direct from the student card or taken specifically;
- alumni operations and correspondence which may be sent to you during your time at the University and continue to be sent to you after you have left the University;
- the provision of advice and support to students (via, amongst others, Student Services, Student Accommodation Services, the Advice Service, the Student Union, and the Careers Service);
- operating a CCTV and automatic number plate recognition system; and
- operating the Day Nursery (some nursery staff may be provided with limited access to some student information for the purposes of billing and administration).
The University (via academic departments, Student Services and other ancillary departments) discloses student information to a variety of recipients, including third part organisations, some not connected to the University including but not limited to:
- employees and agents of the University;
- students’ sponsors, loans organisations and scholarships schemes (such as LEA’s, the Student Loan Company, and funding councils);
- the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) HE funding councils and other government bodies;
- Higher Education Institutions (where exchange or placement programmes are being undertaken);
- relevant government departments or agents acting on their behalf to whom the University has a statutory obligation to release information (including, but not limited to, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the Home Office, Council Tax Offices, Local Authorities, the Child Support Agency, the Benefits Agency, the Department of Work and Pensions);
- employment agencies, prospective employers and third parties requesting confirmation of awards;
- current or potential employers of students, further details can be obtained from www.hesa.ac.uk/collection-notices;
- current or potential providers of education to students including, but not limited to, partner or franchise institutions in connection with the delivery of academic programmes of education;
- the providers of the Campus Card; and
- the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) or their agents (the University is required to pass information about its final year undergraduates to HEFCE, or their agents, in order for them to carry out the National Student Survey).
In addition the University may process sensitive personal data about you, such as details about your mental or physical health and/or disability, information concerning ethnicity, domicile, religious or political opinions, sexuality, criminal record, or alleged criminal activity for the purpose of planning or monitoring. In limited circumstances the University may also disclose this sensitive personal data to third parties, where there is a legitimate need or obligation, during or after your study.
The University undertakes to maintain student data in secure conditions and to process and disclose data only within the terms of its Data Protection Notification. The details above indicate the nature of this notification but are not exhaustive – the University’s Data Protection Officer should be contacted if students have any specific questions. Please note that the University is reliant on students for much of the data it holds: please help the University to keep records up to date by notifying any alterations to student addresses, personal details, or course enrolments.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 an individual has the right to a copy of the current personal information held on them by the University and a right to raise a public objection to data processing that causes damage and distress. For details of these procedures please contact the University’s Data Protection Officer.
The University may wish to contact you when you have completed your programme of study to inform you about products or services which may be relevant to you, and to keep you informed about University activities.
The University complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. Guidance on Data Protection issues can be found in the Data Protection Policy and the Data Protection Guidance available on request from the Data Protection Officer.
If you do not wish the University to use your personal data in any of these ways, you should write to:
The Data Protection Officer
University of Sunderland
Chester Road Sunderland SR1 3SD
Or send an email to: email@example.com
Education Act 1994
Under the provision of the Education Act 1994 any student has the right not to be a member of a students’ union and not to be unfairly disadvantaged with regard to the provision of services, or otherwise, by reason of having exercised that right. At the University of Sunderland all students, members and non-members alike, have in general the right of access to services provided by the University of Sunderland Students’ Union (USSU). However, there are some rights which are not extended to non-members, and these include the following:
(a) the right to participate in USSU and NUS (National Union Of Students) elections and decision-making processes, including those of clubs and societies,
(b) the right of USSU and NUS representation,
(c) the right of access to USSU bars and certain USSU commercial activities, except as guests of members,
(d) the right to commercial advantages negotiated for the benefit of USSU and NUS members.
Should you accept an offer to study at the University, these Terms and Conditions shall constitute part of any contract between you and the University and your acceptance will signify your consent to the incorporation of these Terms and Conditions. Any offer of a place made to you by the University is made on the basis that in accepting such an offer you signify your consent to the incorporation of this notice as a term of any such contract and also your agreement to comply with University regulations and procedures.
These Terms and Conditions are governed by and are to be construed in accordance with English law. The English Courts will have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any dispute which arises or may arise out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, except that the University may bring proceedings for an injunction or enforcement or any order or judgement in any jurisdiction.