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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook

Information on Updates to the Handbook

Please find below some general information regarding the changes we have made to the Teaching and Learning Handbook. We hope that you will find the Handbook more accessible and easier to navigate.

If you notice any problems with the site, you would like further information, or you would like to provide us with feedback, please contact Sean Nattress on the following email address:

In this section you will find information in the following areas:

Change of Name:

Due to the change in name of the University's Teaching and Learning Committee, this handbook has been re-named the Learning and Teaching Handbook.

The new URL is:


Please note that re-directs have been put in place from the old Handbook to the new for those staff and students who are unaware of the updates.


Please note that the content of the Handbook has not been altered, merely the navigation and other functional issues.

However the University has made changes to the process in relation to new programme approvals and you are strongly encouraged to go to Section 3.2.1 to view the new information and process.


There are no page numbers in the CMS though every document has its own unique, 3 digit number, to make the navigation more efficient.

You can access the information on the new numbering in the section ‘Numerical Update' within the section ‘Information on Updates to the Handbook'.


There are now a few ways to navigate around the Learning and Teaching Handbook site.

  1. The main sections (e.g. Section 6) are all listed down the left hand column, once you click into these it brings up an index for that section so that you can see what information you require and you can be directed there immediately.
  2. You can click on the relevant link on the main part of the index page to take you straight to the page you desire.
  3. you can use the ‘search' function at the top right hand corner of all webpages.
  4. Pages can also be linked to from the left hand navigation column.

Every main section (e.g. Section 6) has a number of sub-sections (e.g. 6.2), which in turn hold a number of pages (e.g. 6.2.1, 6.2.2 and 6.2.3).

Both the main sections (e.g. Section 6) and the sub-sections (e.g. 6.1) contain an index.

The ‘Back' button can be used to go back to save you taking time clicking in the left hand navigation column.

Also found in the new Handbook is a ‘Full Index' and a ‘Keyword Index' to help you locate information more efficiently. These can be accessed in the left hand navigation column.

Related links

Related links have been added to the site on the right hand side of the screen to both internal and external websites.

The related links should be appropriate to each section.

Related links are shown on the main sections (e.g. Section 6) and the sub-section (e.g. 6.1).

Some examples of the related links are:

  • Academic Support Office
  • Graduate School
  • Student Registry
  • Quality Assurance Agency
  • Undergraduate Admissions


There is a separate page within each main section in which all appendices for that specific section sit. (This can be accessed from the left hand navigation column or from the main index once in the desired section.)

The appendices used to be numbered with the section number outside of the brackets and the appendix number inside the brackets e.g. ‘6(A6)'.

However many references to the appendices were ‘A6 to this section' and although this was adequate, we felt it could be clearer.

This numbering system for the appendices has therefore been altered to make it clearer which appendices relate to which sections.

All appendices start with an uppercase ‘A' to highlight that it is an appendix rather than a section number.

Following the ‘A' is the section number then the appendix number (e.g. A6.10)

Some of the documents that were originally listed as appendices have been moved to the main body of the Handbook to aid navigation and to keep the number of appendices to a reasonable limit.

The majority of appendices are now forms rather than guidelines about certain processes, which will now appear in the index, improving navigation further.


There are indices in each section and sub-section, which were generated automatically through the ‘sitemap' function in the CMS.

The sitemap function does not allow for emboldening the index in anyway.

Therefore to make it clearer an index has also been included in every sub-section to break down the main index further and provide information related to a specific area.

Splitting of long documents

In order to keep the numbering as simple as possible, we have split longer documents into more, smaller documents.

For example, the Code of Practice for External Examiners was one very long document. This document has now been split using the main headings and each of these areas has been given its own number.

This also allows the indices to be more comprehensive and allow easier navigation of the site.

Printable sections

The following sections have been split into a series of smaller documents to aid navigation:

Sections 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3

Sections 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 and 6.6

However feedback from colleagues suggested that it would be useful if departments and colleges could also print out the full version of these documents.

Therefore, the full, printable versions of these sections can be found in the Appendices to Sections 4 and 6. Links to these documents are provided on the main index pages for these sections.

Please note: any regular updates to the sections detailed above will also be updated in these full, printable documents and any hard copies will need to be replaced.


Although we have tried to split as many long documents as possible into shorter sections, it was necessary to retain some of the longer documents.

Where longer documents have had to be retained, we have added a bullet point list at the top of the page detailing the main areas covered in the document.

Each of these headings has been created into a link to take you to the relevant part of the document, without the need to scroll down.

Additional documents

Please note that some new documents have been added to the site, relating to APL (Section 1) and the New Programme Approval Process (Section 3).


In the original version of the Handbook there was a link to the ‘responsibilities' of key committees involved in relevant sections. This was the first link in each section.

The Responsibilities now appear as the first page when you click into the main section heading (e.g. Section 6).

The General Terms of Reference and Standing Orders of University Committees can be found in Section 9.

Open Days

There are now two pages related to Open Days, one for Durham City and the other for Queen's Campus.

References to Durham City

Historically some references in the Handbook were made solely to ‘Durham'.

As in the ‘Open Day' and ‘Early Registration' examples above, references specifically to Durham have been removed and, where relevant, specific information for Queen's Campus has been added.

Main page

The main, introductory page entitled ‘Learning and Teaching Handbook' in the left hand navigation column contains a table with increased information about the content of each section.

The main areas found within each main section are listed in this table.

This is merely another navigation tool to ensure that the relevant section can be found easily and quickly.

This has been designed to prevent the need to search through a number of different sections before locating the appropriate information.

All headings also include links to take you straight to the relevant section once you have found what you are looking for.

Blank pages and broken links

All blank pages found in the original Handbook have been removed.

The links have all been restored and should now be fully functional.

Keyword Index

As a result of feedback from departmental colleagues, it was thought that an index detailing key words/areas would be beneficial to assist in finding information more efficiently.

Therefore the Keyword Index includes links to ‘External Examiners', ‘Collusion', ‘Plagiarism', ‘Vivas' and more.

Full Index

The full index has been generated automatically through the ‘sitemap' function in the CMS.

The structure of this index can not therefore be altered.

This is yet another tool for locating quickly the information you require.

Regular Updates

Any regular updates to the content of the Learning and Teaching Handbook will be uploaded on the ‘Regular Update Information' page, which can be accessed from the left hand navigation column.