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Assessment

Exemptions and Recognition of Prior Learning

Consideration of exemptions and recognition of prior learning are critical quality processes related to the standards of awards made by the university (Chapter B6 of the UK Quality Code).

Exemptions policy
Exemption request form
Admissions policy 

Grade descriptors

Undergraduate grade descriptors
Postgraduate grade descriptors

These generic grade descriptors are intended to be used throughout the assessment process; in assessment design, marking/grading, moderation and feedback. They are designed to show no disciplinary bias and are not intended to act as surrogate Level, award or award classification descriptors. The grade descriptors should be read in conjunction with the learning outcomes associated with the assessment.

Assessment and feedback

Text matching services policy
Summative assessment in groupwork
Assessment protocol for undergraduate final year projects and taught masters dissertations
Periods of absence for students who participate in National/International events
Recording of lectures policy
Late submission penalties policy (not currently available)
Feedback – 5 core principles in providing and receiving assessment feedback

Mitigating circumstances

The mitigating circumstances procedure exists for situations where a student's performance in assessment is significantly affected by unforeseen events. This is governed by Senate Regulation 4 and supported by additional guidance below:

Mitigating circumstances guidance for MC Panels and Boards of Examiners
Mitigating circumstances - guidance for students
Self-Certification form
Medical consent form
Mitigating circumstances - submission form
Mitigating circumstances - College submission guidance template

Examination Panels and Boards

Senate Regulation 4 governs Panels and Boards of Examiners.

Panels of examiners ensure that an appropriate, rigorous and robust assessment process has taken place, and confirm the marks/grades for all assessments. Boards of examiners make recommendations for progression or awards based on consideration of student result profiles. The work of panels and boards is transparent and ensure fairness to all students.

Briefing notes 2016 for Chairs of Panels and Boards of Examiners
Guidance for Chairs of Panels of Examiners
Briefing notes 2015 for Vice-Chancellor’s Representatives
Formal guidance for Vice Chancellor's Representatives and AVCRs
Boards of Examiners - Advising students progressed to Level 3 Ordinary
Provisional progression policy

Chair's action

A student's assessment performance should be considered at a board of examiners, but occasionally it might be necessary to award students outside these meetings. In such cases departments will be asked to complete an online pro-forma for each decision to be made by chair’s action to ensure that the same scrutiny and consideration has been given to all awards.

Chair's action guidance
Chair's action proforma