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Exam & Assessment Marking Process

The university has committed to ensuring that COVID-19 does not impact on students’ academic performance. They have changed the format of exams to a 7 day, open-book format; the deadlines for assessments have been extended; and all students will be regarded as having valid Extenuating Circumstances for their assessments, so if you fail an assessment, you will automatically be granted another opportunity.

In addition to these arrangements, the university will checking whether the average marks for this trimester are the same as the average marks in the equivalent modules for the past 3 years. If the average mark for this trimester is different from the average of the past 3 years by +/- 5%, then the university will adjust the marks of all students to bring this year’s average in line with the past 3 years. For example, if the average mark for a certain module for the past 3 years was 65% and the average mark for the same module this year is 56%, then the university will increase the marks of all students so that the average mark for this year is also 65%.

There may be exceptional circumstances where the average mark for this year is more than 5% different than in the past 3 years and yet the module leader decides to not adjust this year’s marks. The module leader must provide a “clear academic rationale” for this decision. Also, while this process has been agreed to ensure students suffer no detriment due to COVID-19, it is possible that marks could also be lowered if the average marks for this year are higher than in the past 3 years.

You can find full details of the process the university will follow here and if you have any questions or issues regarding this process, please contact