Fitness to Practise

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on certain courses are fit to qualify in their respective professions, regardless of performing well in assessments and not committing a specific offence. A student’s fitness to practise may be assessed for a number of reasons, for example, a drug/alcohol related problem, mental ill health or any condition or disorder which would adversely affect the student’s performance. The University has a responsibility to deal with such students to ensure that they do not qualify to practise in a profession when they are deemed not fit to do so. This may also apply to other students working for professional qualifications, for example in other professions allied to medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Previous years' regulations are available on request from the Student Casework Unit. Please email

Cause for Concern

If it is believed that a student has breached professional standards or conduct, a Cause for Concern Form should be completed and forwarded to the appropriate course leader, who will discuss the issue with the head of school. If appropriate, the matter will be escalated to a Faculty Cause for Concern Panel. The panel will determine the next steps, which could be deciding that further action is required, establishing an action plan or referral to an investigation under the Fitness to Practise Regulations.

  • Cause for Concern Form English | Cymraeg
  • Guidance Notes for Cause for Concern Form English | Cymraeg
  • Third Party Evidence Consent Form English | Cymraeg

Request for Review

Students have the right to request a review of the penalty imposed by the Fitness to Practise Committee. Requests for review can only be considered where they meet the grounds for review as detailed in the regulations. The request for review must be submitted to the Student Casework Unit on the correct form and should be received within 10 working days of the formal notification of the outcome of the Fitness to Practise Committee.

  • Request for Review of a Fitness to Practise Decision Form English | Cymraeg
  • Guidance Notes on the Request for Review of a Fitness to Practise Decision Form English | Cymraeg

The following are key changes to the student casework regulations for the 2019/20 academic year. 

  • The Student Code of Conduct is now the regulatory document pertaining to non-academic disciplinary cases; the Fitness to Practise Procedure is the document that articulates how disciplinary cases for students on courses leading to professional registration will be considered by the University
  • Inclusion of the expectation that students, their representatives, and staff will act reasonably and fairly towards each other and will treat the disciplinary process with respect
  • The inclusion of a section on mitigating factors that may be taken into account when deciding on a penalty
  • The preliminary level of the Cause for Concern Panel is now centralised with the Student Casework Unit, rather than being based with the corresponding faculty 

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have now replaced the Data Protection Act. An explanation of how the University will use your data can be found here and in the Communication Plan above. Please note that in accordance with GDPR Regulations any third party supporting evidence will only be accepted if it is accompanied by a completed Third Party Consent Form.