University of Bolton Attendance Policy

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University of Bolton Attendance Policy


  1. The Student Attendance Policy has been developed as part of the University’s commitment to providing a supportive learning environment which enables all students who have chosen to study with the University to achieve their full potential.
  2. The University recognises the investment that students and their sponsors make when a student enrols on a course and believes that, as a responsible institution, it has a duty to monitor attendance, and to act on non-attendance, so that students can be supported to complete their programmes of study.
  3. This policy applies equally to all enrolled students of the University, wherever and however their programmes of study are delivered.1For those programmes where specific attendance requirements are approved at validation, such requirements are published separately in programme handbooks.
  4. The attendance requirements for students at a partner institution will be determined by the partner institution, subject to any programme specific requirements which will be set out in writing in the Memorandum of Agreement with that partner.

Policy Statement

  1. Attendance is a key component in student retention, progression, achievement and employability. Regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Students who actively participate in their learning by attending classes regularly are more likely to:
  • enjoy a rewarding experience in which their knowledge, skills and abilities are developed, and
  • successfully complete their course, and
  • achieve better results.
  1. The University expects students to attend all learning and teaching sessions associated with the programme on which they are enrolled. The learning and teaching methods for each programme and component module are set out in the Programme Handbook. Examples of learning and teaching sessions include (but are not confined to) lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, professional placements, field trips and industrial visits, and in the case of research students, scheduled meetings with supervisors.
  2. Students should arrive on time for classes and remain for the duration of the teaching session. Late arrival at, and early departure from, teaching sessions is disruptive, discourteous, unprofessional and unfair to other class members and tutors.