Codes of practice

The following are in operation for 2021/22.

Code of practice 2021/22

Relevant webpage and additional guidance

Code of practice for academic governance (PDF)

Webpage: University Quality Framework

Code of practice for continuous enhancement review: taught programmes (PDF)

Please note that this new Code of practice is introduced from 2021/22 as follows:

  • Continuous Enhancement Plan (CEP): work on CEPs should start from the very beginning of 2021/22 and continue throughout the year
  • Annual Programme Enhancement Review (APER) report: APER reports should be produced at the end of this academic year to reflect on the entire 2021/22, plus include action plans for further enhancement for implementation in 2022/23

Webpage under development: Continuous Enhancement Review (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught) 


Code of practice for assessment and feedback (PDF)

Methods of mark adjustment (pptx)
Mark adjustment algorithm 1: Z-Score (xlsx)
Mark adjustment algorithm 2: quadratic scaling (xlsx)
Mark adjustment algorithm 3: 3-point piecewise linear scaling (xlsx)
Mark adjustment algorithm 4: 4-point piecewise linear scaling (xlsx)

Guidance for students on exams and assessments can be found on these webpages: MySurrey

Additional guidance: How assessments are marked (a short video that explains our 13-step process that we follow for every piece of summative work that a student submits)

Procedures and guidance for recognition of prior learning or prior credits can be found on this webpage: Recognition of prior learning

Code of practice for collaborative provision (PDF) 

Relevant guidance, forms etc can be found on this webpage: Collaborative provision
Code of practice for external examining: taught programmes (PDF) 

External webpages with general information about external examining at Surrey: External examiners 

Internal webpages (password-protected) including external examiner registers by Faculty: External examiners 

Guidance: Notes of guidance for external examiners: taught programmes

Students can access external examiner annual reports via SurreyLearn

Code of practice for moderators within the associated institutions of the University (PDF)Resources for moderators can be found on this webpage: Moderators
Code of practice for personal tutoring (PDF)Webpage: University Quality Framework
Code of practice for professional training (PDF)

Information specific to Professional Training placements: MySurrey 

MySurrey webpage: Professional Training Charter

Internal webpages (password-protected): Employability and Professional Training Hub for Tutors

Code of practice for programme life cycle processes (PDF)

Validation and periodic enhancement (relevant guidance, templates etc can be found on this webpage)
Modifications (relevant guidance can be found on this webpage)
Suspensions and withdrawals (relevant guidance can be found on this webpage)

Further guidance: Guidance for Curriculum Design Review (PDF)

Briefing note for staff: Updating Modules for September 2022 (PDF)

Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) 

Application for credit transfer exemption based on Recognition of Prior Credit (docx)

Application form for Recognition of Prior Learning or combination of RPL-RPC claims (docx)

Procedures and guidance for recognition of prior learning or prior credits can be found on this webpage:  Recognition of prior learning

Further guidance: Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning - Guide for Applicants (PDF)

Code of practice for research degrees (PDF)More information about postgraduate research at Surrey can be found on these webpages: Doctoral College
Code of practice for student engagement (PDF)Further information about student support services can be found on these webpages: Learning opportunities and student support
Code of practice for student learning analytics (PDF) 
Code of practice for student withdrawal from programmes - temporary and permanent withdrawals: taught programmes (PDF)Further information for students about how to apply for a temporary or permanent withdrawal can be found on this webpage: MySurrey

The following Codes of practice are HR-related.

Information regarding the annual programme review for postgraduate research programmes

Unless a Professional, Regulatory and Statutory Body (PSRB) requirement dictates a specific format, postgraduate research degree programmes will be reviewed annually through two methods:

i) Enhancement-oriented action plans: Data collected and analysed through the annual PRES survey will be shared with departments and used to create action plans using a common template. Action plans will be published and accessible to postgraduate research students to bring greater visibility to how their feedback is driving enhancements to the postgraduate research degree provision;

ii) A list of active programmes with registration data will be compiled and reported to the Doctoral College Board on an annual basis. This will be used to identify any changes that might be required to the portfolio of postgraduate research degree provision.


If you have any queries, or to request the previous versions of the Codes of practice, please contact