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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.

Exemptions policy
Exemption request form
Admissions policy 

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.

Undergraduate Grade Descriptors
Postgraduate Grade Descriptors

Assessment and Feedback

These documents provide staff and students with key resources, policies and guidelines in regards to the assessment of students.

Coursework Submission Policy
Rounding Policy
Assignment Submission Checklist
Text matching services policy
Summative assessment in groupwork
Internal Strategic Moderation and Double Marking Policy
Internal Moderation Example Form
Feedback – 5 core principles in providing and receiving assessment feedback
Feedback - Guidance to Producing Good Feedback

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. Training materials for staff supporting Panels and Boards of Examiners are available here (staff access only). 

Guidance for Boards of Examiners (staff access only)
Guidance for Chairs of Panels of Examiners 
Board of Examiners Minutes Template
Board of Examiners Standard Agenda Template
Guidance to Board of Examiners Paperwork
Guidance to staff advising students progressed to Ordinary
Guidance on Reassessment Opportunities at Foundation Year and Level 4
Provisional progression policy
Provisional Progression- Student Tracker

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