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					                                   UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
                                  College of Health and Social Care

                                 SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY

                                      School Handbook – 2010/11

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          Introduction                                                         3

          School Organisation
          School Aims and Objectives                                           4
          School Scheme of Management                                          4
          School and University Staffing                                       5
          Delivering the University’s Transformation Strategy                  5

          Admissions and Induction
          Admissions                                                           7
          Induction                                                            7
          Monitoring Health, Police Checks & Professional Conduct              7

          Programme Management
          Programmes in the School of Nursing & Midwifery                      8
          Academic Roles                                                       10
          Programme Approval                                                   10
          Programme Handbooks                                                  11
          Annual Programme Monitoring and Enhancement                          12
          Student Evaluations and Module Leaders Report                        13
          Peer Observation of Teaching                                         14

          Exams and Assessments
          Guidelines for Academic Staff                                        14
          Compensation                                                         16
          Marking assignments/examination papers                               16
          Moderation                                                           17
          Arrangements for the secure submissions and receipting of work       19
          Arrangements for the supervision of projects/dissertations           21

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          Feedback to students                                                            21

          Student Matters
          Student Supervision                                                             22
          Student References                                                              22
          Pastoral Care                                                                   23
          Academic Misconduct and Preventative Measures                                   23
          Personal Mitigating Circumstances                                               24
          Academic Appeal                                                                 24
          Means of Communication with Students                                            25
          Steps to be taken if a Student is Absent                                        26
          Arrangements for remaining in contact with graduates                            26
          Complaints Procedure                                                            27
          Guidance for Students on Other Issues                                           27

          Practical Information & Useful Contacts                                         28

Welcome to the School of Nursing & Midwifery. This handbook, for 2010/11, has been designed to be viewed online as part of the staff intranet.
There are many links to named documents and sites and these can be accessed using a left click of your mouse (if you have downloaded this
document and are viewing it in Word instead of Internet Explorer then you will need to hold down Ctrl when you left click on a link). The aim is
provide a helpful document to enhance your work with students, if you have any problems using the handbook please contact Michael Richards
or Tim Burns.

School Organisation
The following section will provide links and information on the organisation of the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

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School Aims and Objectives
These are outlined in the annual operational plans which are updated every year by the Head of School. The operational plan for the academic
year 2010/11 can be found on the College of Health & Social Care Intranet.

School Scheme of Management
The Head of School, Tony Warne, is supported by the School Executive comprising the following membership

Associate Head (Academic)                         Jane Jenkins
Associate Head (Research)                         Nancy Jane Lee
Director of Child & Young People’s Nursing        Janice Grant
Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability    Naomi Sharples
Director of Adult Nursing                         Celia Hynes
Director Midwifery                                Lesley Choucri
Director of Lifelong Learning                     Jill Wild
Research and Postgraduate Directorate Manager     Julia Ryan
Director of Admissions                            Gill Colgan
School Administrator                              Angela Gallacher
Student Experience Lead                           Moira McLoughlin

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       School of Nursing and Midwifery Management Structure

                                                                                          HEAD OF SCHOOL

                                               DIRECTOR                    DIRECTOR
                                                                                                ASSOCIATE HEAD               * DIRECTOR
            DIRECTOR ADULT                   MENTAL HEALTH               RESEARCH AND                                                                   DIRECTOR
                                                                                                  (RESESEARCH/                BUSINESS
                NURSING                        LEARNING                  POSTGRADUATE                                                                  ADMISSIONS
                                                                                                DIRECTOR CN&MR)             DEVELOPMENT
                                               DISABILITY                   STUDIES

                            DIRECTOR CHILD,                   DIRECTOR LIFE             DIRECTOR                ASSOCIATE HEAD            SCHOOL                    STUDENT
                             YOUNG PEOPLE                    LONG LEARNING              MIDWIFERY                 (ACADEMIC)           ADMINISTRATOR            EXPERIENCE LEAD

                                                                                   INTERNATIONAL                                          RETENTION
                                                                                      LINK LEAD                                            OFFICER

                                                                                                                           EXAMINATION AND
                                                                                                     EQUALITY AND
                                                                                                    DIVERSITY LEAD

      * Director of Business Development Role currently under review

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A full guide to the School Scheme of Management and the terms of reference for committees can be found on the School Intranet in the
Management and Governance section. In this section you will also find the documentation on the School’s Managerial Structure including lines
of accountability.

School and University Staffing
For full contact details of the School Executive (listed above) and any other member of school or university staff try the Online Staff Directory on
the website. The directory is also available on your desktop just double click on the yellow telephone icon        . Another easy way is to find a
telephone number/location is to use the search box on the Staff Channel.

TIP: The staff directory homepage also contains links to pdf’s which contain lists of all university staff by name and by department.

Delivering the University’s Transformation Strategy
The university is currently undergoing a series of transformative processes which have the aim of enabling us to meet the targets laid out in the
strategic plan.

Over the academic year 2010/11 the focus of this transformation will be on implementing the changes recommended in a review of professional
services by John Lauwerys, formerly Registrar of the University of Southampton. One major recommendations of the Lauwerys’ Review was
that the university move from a structure based around 4 faculties to one based on 3 colleges. As this change process is currently taking place,
college structures should be fully populated by September 2011, you may see and hear both colleges and faculties referred to over the next 12
months. Updates on the transformational programme will be sent to staff via email every two weeks.

Admissions and Induction
This section will look at some of the processes, policies and documentation involved in admissions and Induction for the School of Nursing &

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The Director of Admissions (Gill Colgan) manages the arrangements for student admissions in the School of Nursing & Midwifery in
accordance with the university centralised admissions system. Each programme has its own designated admissions tutor who has knowledge
and understanding of the specific academic and professional body entry requirements for their programme.

The following documents provide information on the arrangements for the admission of students.

University of Salford Recruitment & Admission Policy
School of Nursing & Midwifery Student Admission Procedures

Pre-registration Admissions Handbook (this link will only work on a University of Salford Network PC)

Arrangement for student induction
In the School of Nursing & Midwifery, arrangements for student induction are organised by Moira McLoughlin, our Student Experience Lead, in
conjunction with programme leaders and the programme team. Pre-induction sessions are provided to enable new students to meet the staff
team and gain experience in using Blackboard the university’s Virtual Learning Environment and all new Pre Registration students attend a
Fresher’s/Induction week, during this week all students visit their base trust. Arrangements for post-qualifying and postgraduate students are
organised by their programme/module leaders and these events are coordinated to include any central induction events e.g. Postgraduate

All information for new students is available prior to commencement of their programme via the Induction website and Blackboard.

Monitoring Health, Police Checks & Professional Conduct
Health Checks

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All pre-registration students are required to undertake a medical examination prior to their acceptance onto their programme of study. The
medicals and vaccinations for all our students of the School of Nursing & Midwifery will be carried out by the University of Salford’s
Occupational Health Unit.

If a student’s health is a cause for concern please contact the relevant programme leader or Nathan Finnigan (Pre-registration Administrator)
who may refer them to Occupational Health. Sometimes it’s necessary to explore if students need to interrupt their studies, sometimes issues
are more serious and there is a need to deal with them via the Fitness to Study or Fitness to Professional Practice procedures.

Occupational Health is based in room LG20 on the Lower Ground Level of the Peel Building, Peel Campus.

Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) (Police Checks)
All new pre-registration students and those returning from an interruption of study require a enhanced CRB check. This process is coordinated
by Shirley Adams-Corbett and positive disclosures are dealt with via the College Admissions Policy (in development). If you have any queries
please contact Shirley Adams-Corbett, Jude Hill or Angela Gallacher.

Professional Conduct
All Students are informed in their programme handbooks that their professional conduct will be monitored. Where concerns are raised about
the conduct of a student, either through a number of connected incidents or one serious incident, this will be investigated as laid out in the
Fitness for Professional Practice procedure. If the concerns raised are of a sufficiently serious nature this may require the student’s suspension
from the placement or University pending the investigation.

Programme Management
Programmes in the School of Nursing & Midwifery

There are over 20 Programmes currently running in the School of Nursing & Midwifery which encompass a wide range of nursing education
programmes from pre registration diplomas and Degree to Masters and Professional Doctorate Programmes. There is also a list of Single
modules on offer. The most readily available source of information available is the School of Nursing & Midwifery Website

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List of Programmes

 Undergraduate Pre Registration programmes
 Dip/Ord Degree Adult / Child / Mental Health
 BSc (Hons) Adult / Children’s / Mental Health
 BSc (Hons) Midwifery (156 Weeks)
 BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Post RN)
 Undergraduate Post Qualifying programmes
 BSc (Hons) Children and Family Nursing
 BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Interventions
 Dip Contemporary Health Care Practice
 BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Nursing/Health Care)
 Non Medical Prescribing (Level 6 or 7)
 BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice
 Postgraduate programmes
 MSc Leadership and Management for Health Care Practice
 MSc/PgDip Child and Adolescent Mental Health
 MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care / Neonatal)
 MSc Advanced Nursing (Education_Practice_Research)
 MSc/PgDip/PgCert Midwifery
 MSc Traditional Accupuncture
 MA Nursing (RN Adult/Mental Heath Nursing) from Sept 2010
 Professional Doctorate
 Collaborative programmes
 Foundation Degree CAMHS with Wigan and Leigh

The School of Nursing & Midwifery Base Room provides an extensive paper based system of information on programmes and modules for all
members of Academic staff.
LOCATION: Base Room: Room MS 1:47 Mary Seacole Building, Allerton Campus. (Please speak to a member of staff in the Head of
School’s Office for the door code)

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Academic Roles
The Academic Roles document on the College Intranet outlines the role of the programme leader, module leader and personal tutor (you will
need to know the appropriate username and password to access this resource, please speak to a member of staff in the Head of School’s
office). This document shows roles and responsibilities of academics that are common across the College.

The management of Programmes within the School is carried out jointly by Programme leaders, Module Leaders and the Programme Advisory
Board. A Programme Advisory Board is established for each programme, the membership of the board is made up of academic and support
staff, students and clinicians. This allows all areas involved with the programme to come together to discuss and review how the programme is
being managed.

A Programme Handbook is produced for each programme of study and students are provided with a copy via Blackboard (Blackboard is the
university’s Virtual Learning Environment) when they commence their Programme of study.

TIP: Blackboard is easily accessible from the desktop on any PC in the School just click on the icon      log in with your user name and
password and you will find the modules you have been assigned and many other resources through this site including tutorials on how to use

It is the role of the Programme Leader to ensure the content of the handbook is up to date for each intake of students. For further information
see the Programme handbooks section of this document.

Programme Approval and Amendment
The University has a detailed method of assuring the quality of programme developments and amendments. This information can be found in
the University’s Procedures and Policies for Academic Quality Assurance or AQA Manual. The manual is published online and is only printed in
limited amounts of hard copy every year. The university has also produced a guide to Developing your new Programme designed to spell out
the practical steps for programme approval and also point you towards some useful resources and references for programme development and

Decisions regarding programme approval and amendment are made by the College Programme Approval and Review Sub-Committee
(PARSC) and by the University's Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC). The College Intranet Teaching and Learning site is the easiest way

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to find any documents you require including PARSC dates and deadlines for submission (Please speak to a member of staff in the Head of
School’s Office for the user name and password).

Prior to being submitted to the College PARSC programmes and modules from the School of Nursing and Midwifery must also be supported by
a School PARSC. Information regarding which can be found on the School Intranet

The AQA Handbook also has a Flowchart of the Programme Approval Process that you may find useful.

The latest addition to the site is a database which holds all information about our module and programme specifications which can be found
through the School or College intranets (you will need to know the appropriate username and password to access this resource, please speak
to a member of staff in the Head of School’s office). If you require help with amendments please contact Tim Burns, Jane Jenkins or Angela
Gallacher in the first instance.

Programme Handbooks
Programme Handbooks are updated by the Programme Leader and team before each programme commences. All student handbooks are
accessible through the VLE Blackboard.

If you are not subscribed to the programme/module you want to look at please contact the Programme Leader/Module Leader.

Handbook contents are prescribed in the Academic Quality Assurance (AQA) Handbook. The following information must be included as
minimum standard:

                   aims and intended learning outcomes of the programme;

                   programme structure, including details of core modules, option modules, pre-requisite modules, pathways, module eligibility for
                    compensation and any other conditions, as set out in the programme and module specifications, which may affect module

                   teaching, learning and assessment methods;

                   assessment requirements;

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                   assessment procedures;

                   staff details/sources of help;

                   communication with students;

                   responsibilities of students;

                   reference to other specified relevant information.

Further information about the general layout of the handbook is available in the Programme Handbook Precis (this link will only work on a
University of Salford Network PC)

Annual Programme Monitoring and Enhancement
The Annual Programme Monitoring and Enhancement Procedure is part of the University’s internal review scheme and applies to all
undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. The Programme Leader is responsible for compiling the annual report based on the APME


         The draft report is submitted to the Staff/Student Committee for consideration at the October/November meeting;
         Subsequently the completed report is then submitted to School Council for approval prior to the deadline of 21 January 2011;
         Once the School council has approved the report it is submitted along with the School’s other APME reports and a summary to the
          College Council;
         All combined APME documents are uploaded to the Governance Services Unit APME Central Repository.

The data which forms much of the basis for the APME exercise is provided by the Planning and Performance Unit before the end of the
calendar year.

Monitoring of Action Plans

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Feedback will be given to Staff/Student Committees at each meeting regarding progress. The School will give feedback to the College Council
regarding progress throughout the year.

Student Evaluations and Module Leaders Report
The University has a student evaluation questionnaire which is to be filled out by students on completion of a module. The school also operates
an online version of the module evaluation questionnaire which students can complete either as a part of scheduled teaching or during their
free time. The advantage of the online systems is that it saves academic time in the collation of the data, once the students have completed the
online survey the production of an overview report can take as little as a few minutes. The responsibility for deciding if a cohort of students on a
module is surveyed using the paper version of the MEQ or the online version of the MEQ rests with the module leader. If you would like your
module to utilise the online system the relevant module leader has to contact either Tim Burns or Michael Richards.

Guidance Notes for Students covering why they should complete the questionnaire and its context in the communications between student and
university are available.

The collated questionnaires are then used in the compilation of a Module Leaders Report. Module Leader Reports then need to be submitted to
the appropriate programme leader to be discussed at the school’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Group (QAEG). Copies of the Module
Leaders Reports can be found in the appropriate module box in the Base Room (MS 1.47) Also the reports need to be sent to Tim Burns in the
Head of Schools Office for consideration at the next QAEG meeting. Dates and times of meetings can be found in the School Almanac on the

QAEG reviews student evaluations and Module Leaders Reports to monitor areas of good practice. The QAEG reports to Teaching and
Learning Committee on student evaluations.

After consideration of the completed module evaluation summary and action plan, Programme Leaders must ensure that students receive
feedback about actions taken. The QAEG will also feedback to the Teaching and Learning Committee with recommendations from the

Student representatives attending as members on the Programme Advisory Boards and Staff/Student Committees will be responsible for
communicating with their peers.

There is a Module Evaluation Flowchart (this link will only work on a University of Salford Network PC) available on the School’s shared drive

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Peer Observation of Teaching
The School of Nursing & Midwifery does not have a compulsory system for peer observation of teaching. Some members of staff undertake
this voluntarily and this is to be encouraged.

TIP: If you are interested in peer observation the Learning Development Unit (LDU) has some information available that forms part of their
PG certificate programme for new academic staff.

Exams and Assessment
Part of the role of an Academic in the School of Nursing & Midwifery is to act as an examiner. This will include the marking of assessed work
and examinations.

Guidelines for Academic Staff
The Board of Examiners (Exam Boards)
Each programme is required to have a Board of Examiners. Membership of these boards are reviewed annually. Members will have undertaken
appropriate University of Salford training for the role

Guidelines for Conduct of Board of Examiners
Information on the function and constitution of Boards of Examiners is available in the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes 2010/11
Section C8.

Chair of Board of Examiners
Chairs of the Board of Examiners are approved by the Head of School. The Chair will have undertaken appropriate University of Salford
training for the role.

External Examiners
The School of Nursing & Midwifery has a number of external examiners attached to each programme. The larger programmes e.g. Pre-
Registration Diploma in Higher Education/Ordinary Degree and BSc (honours) have external examiners who are appointed to individual

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Appointment of External Examiners
The process is followed as per the text on Regulations, Procedure and Guidance (Nomination and Appointment of External Examiners) in
section C9, External Examining for All Taught programmes, of the AQA Handbook

Dawn Gawthorpe the Examinations & Assessment Lead is responsible for identifying the need for new external examiners, either during the
development of new programmes or during the final year of an external examiners term of office. The Examinations & Assessment Lead is also
responsible for processing the applications through the University systems and the University.

For all Professional Body approved programmes the external examiner must meet the University Standards for the appointment of External
Examiners. Once the proposed External Examiner has been approved, they will commence their term of office.

Arrangements for Induction of new External Examiners
External examiners must be provided with appropriate induction arrangements as per the text on Regulation Procedure and
Guidence ( Preparation of External Examiners) in section C9, External Examining for All Taught programmes, of the AQA Handbook

The Academic Examinations Advisor /Associate Head are responsible for sending information from the School of Nursing & Midwifery to the
new external examiners.

The School of Nursing & Midwifery provides the newly appointed external examiners with the opportunity to attend an external examiners
induction workshop. At the workshop the external examiners will have the opportunity to:

                   Meet members of the School of Nursing & Midwifery;
                   Gain an overview of the portfolio of programmes offered by the School;
                   Meet programmes leaders;
                   Meet members of the Governance Services Unit;
                   Discuss the programmes and assessment strategies;
                   Share expectations of the role;
                   Meet other external examiners;
                   Meet current students.

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The workshops are usually conducted once a year, in conjunction with the university’s annual induction event, and are arranged by the
Associate Head (Academic) Jane Jenkins.

This process enables students to gain the required number of credits despite the fact that the overall mark for a specific module is below the
pass mark. Overall performance in other assessments is also considered.

Where a failed module is compensated the credit for the module will be awarded and the actual mark achieved will be recorded - this mark will
be used in the calculation of the final degree classification. Students will be informed if the Board of Examiners applies this compensation

Some programmes are not eligible for compensation due to professional body requirements,
For further information on compensation, please refer to the University of Salford's Academic Regulations for Taught programmes 2010/11,
section 9.2.

Marking of assignments / examination papers
Within the School of Nursing & Midwifery module teams are responsible for the marking of student scripts.

Students submit scripts to the designated office by the date identified on the assessment calendar (as well as submitting electronically via turn-
it-in where applicable, see below).

Module leaders are responsible for organising the distribution and collection of the scripts/papers amongst the marking team.

As part of the quality assurance systems, marking of all written summative assessments of theory is anonymous. Each student has a unique
roll number which is used on all summative scripts/papers.

Work is marked in percentages, criterion referencing for level 4, level 5, level 6 and level 7 have been determined and are included for student
information on the feedback sheets returned with their assessed work.

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Cross Marking
From September 2010 all written assessments will be marked by one person and cross marking will be discontinued, except for level 7

Dissertations: Dissertations are only required from students studying at Masters Level

50% of dissertations must be cross marked
100% of dissertations for the first cohort of a new program to be cross marked.

Novice Lecturer
All summative work marked by a novice lecturer is to be cross marked until such time as the module leader and the lecturer are confident in the
novice lecturers marking.

Section C2 Internal Verification and Moderation of the AQA Handbook 2010/11 defines Moderation using the following characteristics:

     Checking that the verified assessment and marking criteria for a component of assessment have been accurately, consistently and fairly
     applied by the assessor(s). The moderator therefore does not need the same level of subject expertise as the assessor(s).

     A specified sample of students’ assessed work is moderated.

     The moderator should not have been involved in marking the assessment but should be familiar with marking at that academic level.
     Wherever possible the moderator will not be a member of the module team.

     The moderator must have access to the marker’s feedback sheets. The moderator must keep a separate moderation record identifying all
     items sampled and recording: student ID: name of marker(s) and marks assigned; name of moderator; comments on sample; confirmation
     that assessment criteria have been accurately, consistently and fairly applied; confirmation of all marks awarded for the cohort in that
     particular assessment.

Section C2 Internal Verification and Moderation of the AQA Handbook 2010/11 further defines the sample of scripts to be moderated thus:

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5.1 The sample to be moderated should be equal to the square root of the total number of students within a cohort. The sample should be
applied to each component of assessment of each module (to a minimum number of 10 or all assessments if less than 10 students in the

5.2 For example: 130 cohort size; module with 2 components of assessment = 12 exam scripts and 12 coursework assignments.

5.3 The sample should reflect:

          • The whole mark range

          • Examples of work from all markers in modules where more than one marker contributes to the module assessment

          • The full range of programmes to which the module is delivered.

5.4 A greater sample than the minimum may be needed in order to incorporate the points in 5.3.

This is the University’s minimum definition. The School of Nursing & Midwifery has traditionally taken all 1st’s, all Fails and a sample of the
grades in between.

Moderation and afterwards:

Module leaders are required to organise a moderation meeting once the scripts/papers have been marked, which corresponds to the agreed

The module leader and members of the marking team must be present at the moderation meeting. A minimum of one member of academic
staff who has not been involved in marking the assignment but is familiar with marking at that academic level will be part of the moderation
meeting, i.e. an outwith person.

All scripts/papers sampled at the moderation meeting must be considered by the moderators, against the grade descriptors.

All scripts/papers must have an agreed mark, which will be entered into Gradebook (Gradebook is the university’s online system for entering
marks on to the Banner Student Information System) as agreed by the Module Leader.

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After the moderation meeting the module leader is responsible for ensuring deadlines are met regarding inputting of results into Gradebook.
The module leader is responsible for the accuracy of the data input into Gradebook. The module leader is responsible for completing the
moderators report.

The annotated copy of the assignment is returned to the student. The other copy (be it paper or e-submission) is retained by the School for

For further information please refer to the Policy on Retention of Assessed Work.

The AQA Manual also details the university Policy on Internal Verification and Moderation.

Arrangements for the secure submissions and receipting of work
The current arrangements are:
Assignments must be submitted on the designated date, outlined in Module handbooks. Late submissions will be subject to penalties; unless
the PMC panel accepts mitigating circumstances (see also Late Submissions and Personal Mitigating Circumstances). Assignments should
preferably be typed or word processed on one side of A4 paper. The main text should be double spaced and have margins of at least 3 c.m.

The student must submit two copies of each assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that both copies are identical in content. All
reference sheets, front cover, appendices etc need to be present in both copies. Whilst it is expected that assignments will be word processed,
if an assignment is submitted in handwritten form it must be written in black ink and the second copy must be a legible photocopy.

Over the course of the academic year 2010/11 the university is introducing an electronic submissions system (turn-it-in). For courses and
assignments where this system is used the student will have to submit one copy electronically and one paper copy.

Further information for students on the turn-it-in system is available from the library

     1. One is a screencast video:
        (You will need to use your usual PC username and password)

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     2.      The other is a printable pdf:

All assignments must be submitted with
     a signed form confirming that no unfair means were used in the production of the assignment. These can be downloaded from

Depending on the course studied a Front cover may also be required, these can be downloaded from the appropriate Blackboard site

The only circumstances where only one copy need be submitted are when the submission is in the form of a portfolio of evidence or a poster.

If the submission is incomplete then administrative staff will NOT be able to receipt the work.

Only one copy of any assignment will be returned

Pre-Registration Programme assignments must be submitted to the designated Programme Support Office, Room MS 1.09, letter box when the
building is open between 8am and 6pm in one of the envelopes provided at the submission point.

Post-qualifying and postgraduate assignments must be submitted to Room MS 1.10

All practice documents for students on Pre-Registration Diploma and Degree Programmes should be submitted to MS 1.09 Programme
Support Office letter box during building opening hours, 8am and 6pm, in the designated submission week. Late submission of pre-registration
practice documents is not allowed.

The detailed arrangements for the secure submission and receipting of work are provided in the exams section of the appropriate programme

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Arrangements for the supervision of projects/dissertations
Students who register onto the dissertation module are invited to a workshop during which a supervisor with appropriate experience and
expertise drawn from within the school is identified.

If you are asked to supervise a project or dissertation a summary of your responsibilities would be

         Monitor the students progress, and attempt to identify any difficulties that arise;
         Advise on the feasibility and suitability of the topic, and issues of project design and execution;
         Comment on the content, presentation and organisation of any work submitted;
         Keep a record of all formal meetings with the student;
         To mark final submission in a fair manner in accordance with documented criteria;
         Arrange for second marking in the dissertation.

The detailed arrangements for the supervision of projects and dissertation are provided in the appropriate module handbook and the Research
Award Regulations.

The College undertakes the ethical approval of all research projects for taught undergraduate and postgraduate students there is a step by step
guide available on the college website detailing how students should go about applying for the ethical approval they need.

Feedback to Students
Feedback to students is given in line with the School of Nursing & Midwifery Policy on the Provision of Feedback on Assessed Work and the
University Policy on Provision of Feedback on Assessed Work.

School of Nursing & Midwifery students will, unless stated specifically in their module handbook, submit 2 copies of a piece of assessed work.
One copy of the work will be annotated by the marker/s and made available to the student. The other copy will be unmarked and will remain on
file (either physically or electronically) with a copy of the feedback.

Written feedback regarding the piece of assessed work including the performance against the grade descriptors for the assessment will be
entered onto Blackboard for the student to access.

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Written feedback on all assessments is provided within 4 calendar weeks of submission.

The mark given on the feedback returned to the students will be un-ratified until the appropriate exam board. Following ratification, marks will
be communicated in the form of an annual transcript.

Student Matters
Student Supervision
Students on all modules are assigned a Personal Tutor. Please see the Personal Tutoring documentation that makes up part of the AQA
Handbook. The Personal Tutor and student should meet face to face at least once per semester. Personal Tutor records should be maintained

TIP: Personal Tutors are advised to note down dates of contact with specific students in a diary, recording the student name, time of the
visit and the nature of the meeting.

Student References
Guidelines for writing student references are out lined in the disclosure of information about students guidance document.

Pre Registration

References for jobs will not be given to pre registration students while they are studying, a standard letter confirming the individuals student
status only will be given on request.
On completion of programme references are to be completed on a School Pre Registration Student Reference Form. This is copied and
remains on the student file to be sent out as requested.

Post Qualifying & Postgraduate Taught/Research
Post qualifying references are written by the personal tutor or programme leader for specific students as and when requested. These are
personal references which provide proof of academic study and students personal skills.

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Pastoral Care
The University also provides various services centrally to help students.

The Student Life Directorate have a wealth of knowledge in relation to advice and support and can often find ways of helping students. Their
advice desk is open between 8.30 am – 5.00 pm weekdays throughout the year.

LOCATION: University House, and various advice desks throughout the campus, including the Allerton Reception Desk. The Student Life
assistance and support website is also an excellent resource, containing a full list of student services. This includes information to help staff
direct students for information around areas such as disability, health and wellbeing and financial problems. Student Life is the main area
which is geared up to support students through their studies.

The Student’s Union also provide a range of help and advice services, they are based in the same building as Student Life and work together to
support students.

All new students receive a copy of the University of Salford Handbook when they commence their programme, this includes a section on
student services.

Academic Misconduct and Preventative Measures
The School of Nursing & Midwifery follows the University of Salford’s procedure on dealing with Academic Misconduct. The Academic
Misconduct Procedure can be found in the AQA Manual. This is accompanied by the policy on dealing with plagiarism, Preventative measures
Against Academic Misconduct.

In the Policy document there are 6 definitions of what constitutes Unfair Means.

These are
   • Plagiarism,
   • Collusion,
   • Falsifying experimental or other investigative results
   • Taking unauthorized material (Including electronic devices) into an examination
   • Contracting another to write a piece of assessed work

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     •    Copying from another person during an examination.

     All cases of suspected academic misconduct must be reported to the Head of School (or nominee), in the case of the School of Nursing &
     Midwifery that nominee is Dawn Gawthorpe and, in all cases where unfair means is suspected, the submitted work should be sent, with
     accompanying evidence, to her. She will appoint an investigator from with the school. These investigators will be drawn from each
     directorate and used on a rota basis. Where ‘poor academic practice’ is found, students will be seen by their Personal Tutor and
     Programme Leader. Where ‘unfair means / plagiarism’ is found the evidence will be considered by the School Academic Misconduct Panel

Personal Mitigating Circumstances
ALL COMPLETED PMC forms should be submitted to Helen Adams in room MS 1.17.

FORM. We can show students where to find the policy and ensure they fill in all the parts of the form but because of the personal
and confidential nature of the issues involved we are unable to discuss and advise students about what to put in the form.

The Personal Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) Procedure has been approved by the University for all students, and is an opportunity for the
students to inform the University of any serious medical or personal circumstances that have affected their academic performance in an
adverse way. The Academic Division’s web site (linked above) is an excellent source of Information regarding the process and also contains
FAQ’s which may answer your questions.

Further information on the Late Submission of Work and the associated penalties can be found in the AQA Handbook on the governance

Academic Appeal
The Governance Services Unit is responsible for the Academic Appeals Procedure for all taught and research programmes at the University.
Click on the link above to view the site FAQ’s and Proforma

An appeal can be submitted only on one of the following grounds:

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     a. that relevant evidence is available which was not submitted in accordance with the personal mitigating circumstances procedure but for
     which there is reasonable or good cause for that omission;

     b. that there has been a significant procedural error on the part of the Board of Examiners or a failure to correctly apply the relevant
     academic regulations;

     c. that the Board of Examiners has acted in a way which is manifestly unreasonable. In this context, unreasonable shall be taken to mean
     perverse, i.e. the decision was not a possible conclusion that a similar meeting of the Board of Examiners might have reached.

Please note Disagreement with the academic judgment of the Board of Examiners in confirming marks, grades and recommendations of
examiners for assessments does not constitute valid grounds for appeal. The Academic Appeals Procedure must not be used to bring
complaints related to teaching, supervision or services. These must be raised at the time when they occur and through the appropriate
channels e.g. academic or personal tutor, supervisor, staff-student committee, School Teaching and Learning Committee or its equivalent, or
the University’s Student Complaints Procedure.

From August 2010 the appeals procedure will includes a ‘Stage 1’ which is specifically for the correction of factual or data errors made at an
Exam Board meeting where, for example, a student is given the wrong component mark or the calculation of a module mark is carried out
incorrectly. Students will be directed to send appeals of this type to a designated member of their school’s staff (Tim Burns). Students wishing
to appeal on any other grounds will still be directed to submit their appeal documents to the Governance Services Unit.

On the Academic Appeals Procedure site you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions in relation to the Academic Appeals
Procedure. These FAQs are intended to supplement the Academic Appeals Procedure available on the website.

Further information can be sought from the Governance Services Unit, and the Student Advice Centre in the Students' Union can offer
independent information and advice.

Means of Communication with Students
As a part of the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes, Section 12.2, the university has identified certain communications that must be
made in writing to students.

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For other information a variety of communication methods are available, the virtual learning environment, Blackboard, is used extensively as a
means of communication with students who will also all have access to their own University of Salford email address.

Staff/Student Committees are a key channel of communication and student representatives are encouraged to be proactive in representing the
views of their peers.

Steps to be taken if a Student is Absent
Our pre-registration courses have specific criteria regarding the number of hours that a student must spend both on theory work and in practice
the programme handbook detail these requirements, the monitoring procedures that are in place and the potential repercussions of student

Postqualifying and postgraduate programmes monitor attendance with paper registers to enable monitoring for the CPD contract. All
international students have their attendance monitored in accordance to the University Attendance Monitoring policy. If you require any further
information please contact Jill Potter or Lesley Mandzuk.

Arrangements for remaining in contact with graduates
All graduates can register with Salford Supporters Online which entitles them to a variety of member benefits and networking opportunities.
Communication with graduates will normally be through the Development & Alumni Relations Office which runs the scheme.

The Careers Service also undertakes an annual Career Destinations Survey of graduates and statistics which are available on their
website. This information can be helpful to programme teams, for example in marketing and publicity.

The School believes that it is important to keep in touch with graduates to offer support in their career choices and to advise them on further
study opportunities. A number of graduates return for post graduate and post qualification study.

Some Directorates may have specific ways of keeping in contact.

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Complaints Procedure
The School adheres to the University Complaints Procedure

Guidance for Students on Other Issues
Library Facilities
Students are all given an induction to the library during their University Induction. To book Library Induction Sessions please contact Neil
Donohue who is the Information Specialist assigned as liaison with the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

The Library Website gives access to and information about the full range of library services from Library access to IT Training courses.

Library IT training is free and available to both staff and students. EMAIL:

Reading Lists

LaSU (Lists at Salford University) is the University of Salford's online reading list system. All modules run by the university should be listed on
the system and from each module list you can link directly to the Library Catalogue and e-Library which holds all the e-resources.

The College of Health and Social Care Referencing Guide has been made available to students to aid them with referencing source material

Presentation of Assessed work
Guidance on this topic should be provided in the Programme Handbook.

Issues Regarding Religion
The Student Life website provides information on the various places of worship and association available both on and off campus, there is also
information available on issues that may occur regarding religious observance during exam periods

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Practical Information & Useful Contacts

What to do if you need the following…

You want to order Stationery.
Please contact Christina McCauley in the Head of School’s office. Replacement printer cartridges can also be obtained in the Head of School’s
office (Room MS 1.17)

TIP: If you want a large quantity of something please allow 5 working days from ordering to when you actually need it.

You are ill
If you find that you are too ill to come into work you should contact the University as soon as possible. You will need to contact Christina
McCauley, and your programme leader, to inform them of the nature and expected duration of your sickness. Please also send sick notes to
Christina McCauley.

You want to take Annual Leave.
Fill in a School leave request form and get the leave approved by your line manager. When you have had the leave signed off please send the
card and the leave form to Christina McCauley.

You have a Health & Safety Problem.
There is a health and safety committee which meets to discuss health and safety issues.

There is an accident book at in the School held by Jennie Bacchus in the Head of School’s office. Please complete an accident form, available
either from the Head of School’s office or online at the HR website, if you have an accident.

     For general advice and policies on Health and Safety please go to the University Health & Safety Service

     If you have any concerns regarding health and safety please contact and member of the School’s Health and Safety Committee.

Display Screen Equipment Assessments

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All staff using Display Screen Equipment are required to have their workstations assessed to ensure they meet the regulations laid down by the
Health & Safety Executive, for more information please see

         DSE (Display Screen Equipment) & Eye Tests and Spectacles Code of Practice

         DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Assessment

You need Photocopying.
There are photocopiers for Staff use in Mary Seacole Building in Room 1.27 (Please speak to a member of staff in the Head of School’s Office
for the door code), there is also a small photocopier in the exams store room 1.21.

Central reception will undertake small amounts of photocopying, however they will need at least 3 days notice. Programme Support will also do
copying e.g. handouts, however they too need suitable notice.

For Large Numbers of copying the University Print Service can be very cost effective.

TIP: Do you need to photocopy? Could you put the documents on Blackboard instead? This also helps with E&D issues for students with
specific requirements.

To collect your post
The post room is located behind the main reception area in Allerton, to access it go around the stairs and use the door next to the Student
Union shop. You will be allocated a tray in the School of Nursing Bank where you post will be placed awaiting collection.

To get access to the School’s shared network resources (K: Drive)
You will need to complete a request form and have it signed by the School Administrator, Angela Gallacher. To get a copy of this request form
please contact Laura Winstanley.

You have IT problems – including problems with your phone
In the first instance you must report personal computer problems to the ITS Service Desk You will be asked for details and given a job number
to quote in any further communication on this matter.

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TIP: It’s important to keep a note of the job number as this is how ITS will track your issue, if you want an update for example you’ll need to
quote the job number

For an induction to the university’s information systems giving you an overview of the resources available to you, and the IT training provided
by the Library training team or any library related issues contact the School’s Information Specialist Neil Donohue

Building Issues
To raise an issue that requires attention from Estates and Property Services please use the online fault logging system alternatively in some
cases the Caretakers based in the building may be able to help you.

TEL: 0161 29 56489.

You need to book a room.
To book a room in one of the College of Health and Social Care buildings you will need to use the College Room Bookings form. Confirmation
of you booking will be emailed to you.

To book rooms elsewhere in the university you will need to use the ad-hoc room bookings system on the timetabling website.

If you have an issue with the rooms you have been allocated for teaching. [too small, too big etc]
You will need to contact Timetabling. When you do please have the details of the room with you [number, floor, building etc] and let
them know why the room was not suitable. Our Timetabling Administrator is Lee Forde.

You need to book AV equipment.
This is done though ITS. To see what services they offer or to request equipment You will need to visit their AV equipment webpage. Here you
will be able to identify what equipment is supplied as standard in a given room as well as booking additional equipment if it is needed

You have problems with the AV Equipment in a Room
You need to contact the IT Service Desk.

You would like a state of the art training room for curriculum development or small groups.
The ‘Learning Space’ facilities within the Mary Seacole Building are excellent and are open to all staff for the purpose of curriculum

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The Learning Spaces is split-up into two separate areas:
     One small room with video conference facilities and enough space to comfortably accommodate a meeting of 6-8 people,
      LOCATION: Mary Seacole Building 2.02 Room 1
     A large learning space with full meeting facilities sitting 12-16 people, and extensive range of Information Technology equipment.
      LOCATION: Mary Seacole Building 2.82 Room 2

For Learning Space activities or to make booking please login into Blackboard with your normal username and password and click on the
Learning Technologies within the College of Health & Social Care Link (under the Courses in which you are enrolled tab).

You want something moving.
The first point of contact in Mary Seacole Building is our own Caretakers based in the security office in the foyer of the building.
TEL: 0161 29 56489.

You have an expenses Claim or other finance issue.
College Finance Unit is situated in the Allerton Building at Concourse level, the office is open from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.

College finance forms are generally printed on carbonated paper, copies can be obtained from the yellow trays in the post room, behind the
main reception desk in Allerton Building. Non carbonated forms and finance advice can be found on the College Finance Intranet.

A small supply of some the carbonated forms can also be found in the photocopier room MS1.27 in the set of draws between the two copiers

Petty cash can be used to reclaim small value items (up to a maximum of £100). All claims must be pre-approved and have authorised
signatures (either Head of School or School Administrator). To reclaim, staff must present the authorised form at the College Finance Unit.

For staff travelling on university business (meetings, clinical placement visits etc), the cost of transport can be reclaimed using the ‘Weekly
Report Form’ to be used for trips of less that 100 miles in total. Any travel and hotel expenses for conference attendance or journeys in excess
of 100 miles are reimbursed via the Business Trip Request Form, which must be pre-approved prior to journey being undertaken. The School
Finance Officer can offer advice in the first instance on how to complete these forms.

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For approval to attend conferences/study days or a programme of study a Learning and Development form (this link will only work on a
University of Salford Network PC) must be completed and authorised. Further information about the Development Approval Process is
available on the School Intranet
Payments to non-members of staff for work undertaken such as a guest or specialist lectures are reimbursed via the ‘One off Fees and
Expenses Form’ all claims must have pre-approval by Head of School. For non-members of staff that require payment to a Company/NHS you
will need to follow the pre-approval process and then you must request an invoice for payment.

All further information can be found on the College of Health and Social Care Intranet via the College Finance Intranet queries should be
addressed to the Finance Officer for the School of Nursing & Midwifery Clair Millen

For Replacement of School Resources
Replacement of office furniture, IT and AVA can only be authorised by Head of School or School Administrator. Staff should contact the ITS
Service Desk on ex 52444 for assistance in sourcing IT or AVA equipment. The College Finance Officer can offer advice in the first instance.

College Finance Unit is located in room AD108 Allerton Building. You may pick up Purchase Order forms from here.

TIP: Staff wishing to purchase any other goods and services should seek pre-approval and any purchases must be authorised by either
Head of School or School Administrator. The Finance Officer for the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Clair Millen, can offer advice in the first

You are asked to attend a Personal Development Review PDR or to act as a Reviewer for a member of staff you manage
A new process for Performance Development Review (PDR) is being introduced within the University.

Once in place every member of staff will have a PDR with their line manager, which will enable them to maximise their contribution through the
achievement of agreed performance objectives that are in line with school / department objectives and ultimately the University Strategic
Plan. This meeting will identify support, development and resources needed for the achievement of these objectives.

Training will be provided for reviewers and there is an e-learning pack for reviewees to help them prepare for their PDRs. Further information
and the appropriate forms can be found on the HR Website.

You are a new member of staff or you have been asked to be a Mentor for a new member of staff.

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Human Resources have produced a Code of Practice and Guidelines for the mentoring of new members of staff.

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