Each Faculty manage Stage 1 of this process slightly differently depending on the requirements of their regulatory bodies. Whilst process might be different, they all must be in line with Fitness to Practise Policy.
You would have been told about how the faculty will communicate and practise concerns with you as part of induction. Details will also be on your BREO site. It is useful to find this information and to read it through.
What happens during Stage 1
Firstly, you will be notified about the proceedings.
An experienced academic will then evaluate the concern against the relevant code of conduct for your course. You may be required to have a meeting with the evaluator and/or key university staff members or the partners as part of this process.
If it is concluded that there is no validity to the concern, then no further action is taken. Please note that you will be informed that any recurrence of low-level issues can be retrospectively tracked should another case arise.
If it is concluded that the concern is partially or fully valid, one or more of the following will happen:
- an appropriate action plan is put in place to remedy the issues
- the matter is referred to another University or School procedure (e.g. DBS panel) for consideration
- there is a review of practice workload
- the placement is reviewed to ensure the practice is at an appropriate level to the stage in the course
- supervision and/mentorship support is reviewed
In serious cases, or where you have made little progress against the Stage 1 action plan, a concern may escalate to Stage 2 of the Fitness to Practise process.
How can the SU help?
Beds SU has a group of advisors who are independent from the university. They are here to help you navigate through university processes and talk through your circumstances. They are unable to advocate (speak on your behalf), but they can help align your thoughts before, during and after any proceeding.
If you decide that you would like assistance from an advisor, they can be contacted via:
- booking an appointment online
- or attending a drop-in session (see below)
‘Drop-in’ to one of our academic appeals, Zoom Sessions. These run on a ‘first come, first served basis’, every Monday and Wednesday from 10.30am-12:00pm:
To Join our Zoom Meeting
- Meeting ID: 925 2058 5552
- Passcode: 636962
- Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aqjHPyHzQ