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Students Awards (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Transfer of awards

1.—(1) An award shall be transferred by the Board at the request of the student so as to be held in respect of attendance at a course other than that in respect of which it is held where—

(a)subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), on the recommendation of the academic authority, the student commences to attend at the institution at a specified course other than the one in respect of which the award is held;

(b)subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), with the written consent given on educational grounds of the academic authorities of both institutions concerned, the student commences to attend at a specified course at another institution;

(c)subject to sub-paragraph (4), after commencing a course for the Certificate in Education, the student is, on or before the completion of that course, admitted to a course for the degree of Bachelor of Education;

(d)subject to sub-paragraph (4), after commencing a course for the degree (other than an honours degree) of Bachelor of Education, the student is, on or before the completion of that course, admitted to a course for the honours degree of Bachelor of Education; or

(e)after commencing a course for a first degree (other than an honours degree) the student is, before the completion of that course, admitted to a course for an honours degree in the same subject or subjects at the institution.

(2) An award shall not be transferred in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b) unless either—

(a)the requisite recommendation or consent is given not later than four months after the end of the first year of the course in respect of which the award was originally made; or

(b)the board is satisfied, after consulting the academic authority concerned, that the fact that the requisite recommendation or consent is given after the expiry of the period specified in head (a) is due only to the need to apply through a clearing admissions system; or

(c)the board is satisfied, after consulting the academic authority concerned, that the period which the student will ordinarily require to complete the course to which the request for transfer of award relates will expire not later than the period which he would now so require for the completion of the course in respect of which the award is held, ignoring—

(i)in each case, periods of experience which are part of a sandwich course; and

(ii)in the case of the course in respect of which the award is held, any period during which the student would now be required by the academic authority concerned to repeat part of the course, if the board would not make any payment for maintenance in respect of that period under regulation 19(1).

(3) A board may refuse to transfer an award if, after consulting the academic authority concerned, it is satisfied that when the student requested such transfer he did not intend to complete the course in respect of which the award was originally made.

(4) An award shall not be transferred in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1)(c) or (d) so as to be held in respect of his attendance at a course for the degree of Bachelor of Education if the period which the student in question would ordinarily require for the completion of that course, when aggregated with the period for which the student has already pursued a course in respect of which the award was held, exceeds—

(a)five years where the award would be held in respect of a course for the honours degree of Bachelor of Education; or

(b)four years where the award would be held in respect of a course for that degree not being an honours degree;

so, however, that where the student has pursued a part-time course, for the purposes hereof account shall only be taken of that proportion of the period for which he pursued that course which the period ordinarily required to complete the full-time course equivalent to the part-time course bears to the period so required to complete the part-time course.

(5) For the purposes of the duty of a board to transfer an award in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1)(c) or (d) it shall be immaterial whether or not the two courses are provided by the same institution.

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