Student Handbook Production

The Guidelines on the Production of Student Handbooks for Taught Programmes are designed to assist editors in creating handbooks in accordance with the University's agreed principles for handbook content, publication method and appearance. The Guidelines apply to student handbooks for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses but may also be of interest to staff involved in the preparation of handbooks for research students. The Guidelines are comprised of three sections.

The current version of the handbook template is version 1.1 which was uploaded on 17 August 2017 following late amendments. Editors who used version 1.0 will need to refer to the 'student handbook amendments' document on the Edit your student handbook page and manually update their version of the handbook.

Consult all three sections when preparing a student handbook

Sections of the Guidelines for the Production of Student Handbooks.
Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Section 1
(PDF)

the University's agreed principles for student handbooks format and publication (taught programmes)

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Section 2 (PDF) guidance about the content of each section of the template
Section 3 Access to essential resources for all handbook editors, including Section 3 (the template with standard text entries) via the 'Edit a student handbook' webpage
Additional guidance
Accuracy of content help with ensuring additional content in your handbook is regulatory compliant and how to get further help with content if needed after consulting the Guidelines and these webpages
Further help further help with producing student handbooks is available on request

Departmental approval of student handbooks for publication

Handbooks are now required to be checked and signed-off for publication at departmental level by the member of staff to which the Head of Department has assigned this responsibility. They are not required to be approved for publication by the Quality Office prior to release to students.

Do not publish your student handbook before it has the departmental reviewer's approval.

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