Ethics within Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Senate is responsible, with recommendations from the Learning and Teaching Committee, for the assurance of the quality and standards of teaching, learning and assessment.

Maintaining the highest standards of teaching and learning is fundamental to the achievement of the University’s mission. We aim to provide outstanding programmes of study that produce sought-after, entrepreneurial graduates from a wide range of backgrounds with global citizenship skills, including a strong appreciation of the importance of ethical values.  Staff and students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity (this includes adoption of a transparent and fair admissions policy; maintenance of ethical values such as avoidance of cheating or plagiarism; maintenance of high academic standards; and honesty and rigour in research and academic publishing):

  1. Our academic staff are responsible for creating a beneficial learning environment for students.

  2. We strive to ensure that our academic programmes provide a high quality and challenging educational experience and ensure fair, rigorous and transparent student assessment procedures.

  3. Aston fully supports academic freedom within UK law for staff and students to further knowledge and debate.

  4. Plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct will not be tolerated among staff or students.

  5. Consensual relationships between staff and students should be appropriately declared.

  6. Aston has policies and procedures in place to respond to student complaints and academic appeals. These procedures are designed to ensure that students can raise matters of proper concern to them without fear of disadvantage and in the knowledge that privacy and confidentiality will be respected.

  7. The University and its staff are responsible for ensuring that students engage with ethical issues. We aim to extend across the University curriculum changes aimed at enabling all graduates to be ‘literate in social responsibility and sustainability.’

  8. We strive to ensure that our student recruitment and admissions process is transparent, fair, clear, explicit and implemented consistently. All marketing and promotional materials shall be relevant, accurate at the time of publication, not misleading, accessible and designed to help applicants make informed decisions. Selection procedures will be followed fairly, courteously, consistently and expeditiously. Information concerning applicants will remain confidential. The University strives to ensure that prospective students – including international applicants - are proficient in the language of the course and have the ability to complete their course.

  9. We aim to ensure that academic services, administrative systems and educational structures are efficient, effective, transparent and enabling. We equip staff with appropriate training, support and rewards to provide them with the means to fulfil their goals and ambitions as excellent teachers, researchers and facilitators of learning. The University insists on the highest standards of conduct from its employees in terms of their relationships with colleagues and with students and looks to ensure full compliance with relevant legislation.

  10. The Placement Student Support Team provides a programme of support for students to maximise their potential success during their search for a placement and whilst they taking their placement.

  11. The Careers Service provides information, help and advice to students throughout their study years and after graduation. They help students to consider their career options and how to best prepare for life after University.