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The views and opinions expressed (on this site) do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the University of Sunderland.

The University of Sunderland accepts no responsibility for such views and opinions nor for any damage or loss suffered by any users or readers (of this site) or by any other person as a consequence thereof save for any such loss or damage caused by negligence of the University of Sunderland.

The following terms and conditions also apply to information on programmes contained in this website:

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 a way which is efficient and cost-effective, in 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.

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. The University 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 Protection of Children (Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) 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:

www.sunderland.ac.uk/regulations

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. 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. The University holds data relating to its students for a variety of purposes. These include:

  • maintenance of the student record (including personal and academic details,) and management of academic processes (for example, academic audits, examination boards and awarding of degrees).
  • the management of student accommodation.
  • alumni operations, including fund-raising.
  • the provision of advice and support to students (via, amongst others, Student Services, Student Accommodation Service, the Counselling Service, the Students' Union and the Careers Service).

The University (via academic departments, Student Services, and other ancillary departments) discloses student information to a variety of recipients, notably:

  • employees and agents of the University (on a need-to-know basis only).
  • students' sponsors (including LEAs, the Student Loan Company, and funding councils).
  • relevant government departments or agents acting on their behalf to whom the University has a statutory obligation to release information (including the Higher Education Statistics Agency, and Council Tax officers).
  • current or potential employers of students.
  • current or potential providers of education to students including partner or franchise institutions in connection with the delivery of programmes of education.
  • the providers of the Campus Card.
  • student survey agencies, including those contracted to manage the National Student Survey.

NB. Disclosures to persons or institutions not listed above will be made only with student permission unless exceptional circumstances apply, as provided by law.

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 us 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 him/her by the University and a right to raise an objection to data processing that causes damage and distress. For details of these procedures please contact the University's Data Protection Officer.

It should also be noted that, in accordance with tradition, in many cases assessment results are published openly within this University. By applying to enrol on a course of study with the University students consent to the processing of personal data in the way described above and also in terms of the right to privacy under the Human Rights Act, 1998.

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 and the University of Sunderland Students' Union (USSU). However, there are some rights which are not extended to non-members, and these include the following:

(i) the right to participate in USSU and NUS (National Union of Students) elections and decision-making processes, including those of clubs and societies,

(ii) the right of USSU and NUS representation,

(iii) the right of access to USSU bars, the Manor Quay night-club and certain USSU commercial activities, except as guests of members,

(iv) 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 of any order or judgment in any jurisdiction.

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