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Student responsibilities and general facilities

Student responsibilities and general facilities

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Whilst it is only proper that you should expect to receive a high standard of education at Alliance MBS, it must not be forgotten that you have a responsibility to contribute to your educational experience. Ultimately, you will only get from your degree programme what you are prepared to put into it.

Intellectual responsibilities

Higher education is not meant to be a passive experience. You should be prepared to engage with the issues, ideas and arguments that you encounter. Don't treat the lectures, seminars and workshops as the source of all knowledge and understanding. Private study is an irreducible minimum and vital if you are to get the best out of your educational experience.

Personal responsibilities

We expect you to demonstrate a positive commitment to your work throughout the year. Attendance at all classes is compulsory and is recorded across seminars, labs and workshops. Your attendance record can be taken into account in assessing your effort and achievement in a course. If you are unable to attend any class, it is your responsibility to make up lost ground. You can borrow notes and handouts from friends, access relevant material on Blackboard and do supplementary reading to achieve this.

Whilst every effort will be made to keep you informed of issues and events that may affect you, it is your responsibility to 'watch out' and take note of these. Therefore, it is imperative that you check your email on a daily basis, as email is the main method by which you will be informed of urgent and important matters.

Your educational experience and that of your fellow students, is affected by how you conduct yourself in lectures, seminars, workshops and labs.

You must not:

  • Take food or drink into lecture and seminar rooms or computer labs.
  • Use mobile phones in lectures, seminar rooms or labs. Switch them off!
  • Use laptops and ipads in lecture, seminar rooms or labs without the consent of the person leading the class.
  • Arrive late for lectures, workshops, seminars and labs.
  • Chatter or generally misbehave during lectures, seminars, workshops or labs.

Each of the above is disruptive and anti-social. Steps will be taken against persistent offenders.

Remember, you have an excellent opportunity to prosper intellectually whilst at Alliance MBS. Don't waste it.

As an additional point, students also need to be aware that it is also School policy that used chewing gum must be deposited (preferably wrapped up) in waste bins. Chewing gum must not be dropped on the floor or put on desks or chairs anywhere in the AMBS building, across University teaching rooms or outside the entrance doors. The School and University endeavours to keep the environment within and immediately outside the buildings clean and in a good state of repair and the cooperation of all members of the School is vital in helping us to achieve this.


Each multi-function device (printer) found in the library and computer clusters are also photocopiers and scanners.  The charges for photocopying are the same as for printing: 5p mono A4, 21p colour A4.

Printing in AMBS

There is a printer in the library areas available for use by all Alliance MBS Undergraduate Students. There are also printers in the computer labs on the second floor of AMBS.

All new students will receive £10 print credits when they arrive which is for essential printing.

To print to these printers you will need to have sufficient funds in your Printing Account as the cost of printing is as follows:

A4 Mono SingleSided printing=  5 pence, (£0.05) per page
A4 Mono DoubleSided printing= 8 pence, (£0.08) per sheet
A4 Colour Single Sided printing = 21pence, (£0.21) per page
A4 Colour DoubleSided printing= 40 pence, (£0.40) per page

The University now operates a “Pull Printing” service. This means that you don’t print directly to a dedicated printer. You now print to a Print Queue.

When you send a job to print, you have four main choices;

Mono Single Side
Mono Double Side
(set as default printer queue)
Colour SingleSide
Colour DoubleSide

Simply choose whichever format you require and press Print. The job will be held in a queue, (for up to 7 days), and you can collect it from any appropriate printer by swiping your University Identity card.

Always check your Print Account balance before you send a job to print which you can do through ePayments which is accessible from the Student Portal, or you can goto   Your remaining balance will also be displayed on the printer when you have collected your print job.

Should you need to, you can add funds to your account by either paying cash at one of the "Robots" in theUniversity Place, the Precinct Library or the John Rylands Library, or using the Online service, ePayments, (accessible through the Student Portal).

Colour printing is also available in the aforementioned Libraries and some other computer clusters.

Stationery and headed paper

Stationery is available for sale at the University of Manchester Students' Union Shop on Oxford Road or in the Barnes Wallis Building, North Campus.

Students are not permitted to use any Alliance MBS (or University of Manchester) headed stationery.