Fitness to Practise

Some University programmes lead directly to a professional qualification, statutory registration and eligibility to practise. Therefore, the University has a responsibility to ensure that you will be a safe and suitable candidate for that profession. In order to receive your degree and professional status, you must abide by the University’s Regulations and the requirements of the relevant professional body.

What circumstances could affect your fitness to practise?

Examples of potential fitness to practise issues include:

  • If you have deliberately tried to mislead or have been dishonest with the University. For example, if you have intentionally not disclosed something which is relevant to your fitness for your chosen profession or have misled University staff over assignments or placements.
  • If you have committed violence or been involved in illegal acts, which would make you unsuitable for your chosen profession.
  • If you have been absent from your studies due to illness or a personal issue, such as bereavement, which may affect your ability to focus or perform to standard on your course. You will need a report from your healthcare practitioner to show that you are fit and ready to resume your studies.
  • If you have ignored guidance given to you by the University or have shown a lack of awareness of your own fitness to practise, then this in itself can be a fitness to practise issue. As a professional, you will be expected to keep an eye on your own performance and be able to identify any issues which could compromise your work.


The Fitness to Practise Regulations are contained within of the University General Regulations.