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The University has a number of policies relating to students’ rights and responsibilities:

Data Protection Policy

Students, staff and members of the public have a right to expect that any personal data they supply to the University will be held securely and used appropriately. The purpose of this policy is to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals when processing personal data in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Student Privacy Notice

This notice explains the purposes for which we process student information.

IT Acceptable Use Policy

The use of University IT facilities is governed by the IT Acceptable Use Policy. By using University computer equipment or the University network, you are accepting this policy and any of the consequences that could arise if used inappropriately.  The policy also contains an appendix providing good practice guidance in the use of social media at UWS.

Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Policy

The University of the West of Scotland confirms its commitment to a policy of equal opportunities within the University. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no student or prospective student should face discrimination or receive less favourable treatment.

Admissions Policy

This Policy has been developed to provide transparency in the admissions processes and practices of the University of the West of Scotland, ensuring that a quality service is provided to all applicants.

Student Engagement Policy

The Student Engagement policy aims to support and encourage students in their studies. It aims to help students achieve their full potential and develop graduate skills.

Student Guidance & Support Policy

The University takes student support and guidance seriously. We aim to ensure all students have a positive experience while studying with us. This policy describes the support and guidance options available to students.

Students with Parental Responsibilities

This guidance is designed to encourage early notification of pregnancy or parental responsibilities and to outline the key responsibilities of staff, students and placement providers.

Criminal Convictions Policy

All applicants and students must declare any relevant police investigations and criminal convictions. This is a requirement before commencing with the University and throughout the duration of the course.

This policy covers both the admissions process and continuing studies within UWS. It ensures applicants and students who declare a criminal conviction will be treated fairly and transparently.

Smoke Free Policy

UWS aims to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This policy is our commitment to provide a smoke free environment for everyone. This includes students, staff, visitors and contractors. The policy covers our Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley campuses.

Student Fee Policy

This policy outlines responsibilities relating to fees charged when enrolling on a programme of study. It covers the responsibilities of the University and the student.

Credit Control Policy

The purpose of this policy is to enable effective control of all debts owed to the University. It explains the process to be followed in the event of fees and other charges remaining unpaid after the due date.

Refund Policy

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on when refunds of tuition fees will be made by the University and how they will be calculated.

Last updated: 19/09/2017