Understanding the University assessment regulations and processes will help you have a positive learning experience and the best opportunity to progress and succeed.

Your learning is assessed in a number of ways so that you, and the University, can be sure you’re gaining the required skills, knowledge and marks to progress and achieve your award.

All courses and awards are governed by university regulations and processes. They’re designed to ensure that the course is structured, delivered and assessed in a fair, consistent and transparent way.

Your guide to assessment and awards processes.

Check your Guide to Assessment and Award Processes for information about different types of assessment and how to ensure your work gets the best possible mark.

The Office for Students (OfS) requires all higher education providers to follow standard assessment criteria with a focus on what has been achieved and an emphasis on standards around spelling, punctuation, grammar and numeracy appropriate to your learning outcomes.  

It is important that you check your Course and Module Handbooks for your assessment criteria which will be included as part of your assessment brief.  We take a compassionate approach to learning, providing supportive feedback on assessments that helps students to develop and succeed in their studies.

If you have questions that are specific to your assessment criteria, please contact your Personal Academic Tutor or Course Tutor. For any concerns about how your personal circumstances may impact your ability to successfully undertake your assessment please contact the Student Wellbeing Team.

For further information on marking and degree classifications please click here.

Most formal assessments and reassessments in 2021/22 will be conducted as take-home online exams.

What is involved in a take-home exam?

Take-home online exams will be similar to the formal exams you would have taken in-person on campus.

A take-home exam involves:

  • the examination paper being made available to students through their Module Blackboard
  • downloading the examination paper
  • completing the examination on your own computer
  • submitting your completed examination paper through Turnitin

You must complete your exam at the time it is published. If you don’t, this can lead to you failing in that part of the exam unless you’ve been granted an extension or deferral.

How long will I have to complete the take-home exam?

The take-home exam is designed to be completed within the time constraint normally given to exams on campus. Your tutors will not expect you to take longer than the time given to complete it (e.g. 2 or 3 hours), and you should not work on your answers for longer than what is advised on the exam paper. In some instances, your tutor will give you an indication of the maximum word count to be written, and you should not go over the limit, otherwise you may incur some penalties.

You are given 24 hours in which to upload your work to Turnitin. This means that when the exam starts at 11:00 AM (UK Time), it will finish at 11:00 AM (UK Time) 24 hours later.

The 24 hours takes into account that you may experience additional challenges taking the exam remotely or scheduling it around other responsibilities at home. It also allows students who are normally entitled to additional time, rest breaks, an individual room or the use of a computer to manage these arrangements themselves within the 24-hour window.

It is recommended that you attempt your exam as early as you are able to within the 24-hour window to allow yourself time to resolve technical issues if these arise. For courses with specific professional or statutory requirements, you may be given fewer than the standard 24 hours to complete the exam or may be required to do the exam on campus. You will be informed of this during the course of the module.

Where will my take-home exam paper be on Blackboard?

A new section of your Module Blackboard will be created, where you will be able to:

  • access the examination paper
  • read university guidance on the examination
  • access any additional resources if these are relevant to your examination
  • submit your take-home exam answers through Turnitin

You should include your Student ID and Module Title in your answer document. You should format your take-home examination answers as instructed in the exam cover sheet. If there are no specific instructions, you should format it in the same way as you format your coursework essays or assignments. If you are unsure about formatting, contact your Module Leader.

You should submit them through Turnitin in this take-home exams area. You will be able to resubmit your examination up until the deadline if you notice an error in the file you have uploaded.

What will I need to be able to complete take-home exams?

You will require a personal computer, a reliable stable internet connection and access to your module Blackboard.

We strongly advise that you do not use a Wi-Fi hotspot when downloading materials or uploading your completed exam to Turnitin. Please note that should you be unable to upload your exam before the deadline, a reason of ‘poor internet connection’ will not be accepted in any claim for exceptional circumstances.

PC’s at any of our campuses can be used for take-home examinations.

Please note: By taking the exam you are declaring that it is entirely your own work. Be aware that the usual checks for authenticity will be carried out, using Turnitin and other means, and you will face the same penalties as usual if it has been proven that you have plagiarised or colluded with others.

In your Course Handbook you’ll find information about when and how to submit coursework. This can help you plan and manage your assessment workload.

It’s important that you complete all your assessments on time. There are penalties for late submission of work, unless you’ve been granted an extension or deferral.

You’ll normally submit your coursework assessment activities through Turnitin. This online service lets you upload draft versions of your assessments, so you and your tutors can check your work for originality and guard against Plagiarism.

For a variety of reasons (illness, dyslexia, disability, English not your first language, etc.) you may be entitled to have adjustments made for your exams to help you achieve your best.

To apply for an adjustment, please register with the Disability team at least three months before your exam(s) or as soon as you know you’ll need an adjustment.

We understand that sometimes things happen outside of your control – illness, for example – and that affects your ability to meet your assessment deadlines. We offer different support for problems affecting your study in the short, medium or long term.

Anonymous marking pilot, 2021/22

During the 2021/22 academic year, twelve courses will take part in a pilot for anonymous marking.

All three Faculties and all undergraduate levels of study are represented in the pilot, which will be evaluated, and staff and students surveyed, before the use of anonymous marking is extended in 2022/23.

Anonymous marking doesn’t change what is taught on your course, or the criteria by which you are assessed. It simply means that your identity is hidden from staff who mark your assessment or re-assessment. Anonymous marking is widely used across UK universities, and provides additional reassurance to students that their work is marked fairly and impartially.

Not all forms of assessments are marked anonymously – for example, if you have group practicals, clinical skills or oral assessments, they will be exempt.

Assessments that will be marked anonymously include coursework, essays, exams and other written work submitted via Turnitin. For these, you will use your numerical student ID rather than your name when submitting your work. This will hide your identity from the person marking your work, but means you can still be identified by authorised staff if there is a legitimate reason (e.g. the assessment was wrongly submitted).

If you are on one of the courses taking part in the pilot, you will receive a fuller briefing from your tutors when the new academic year starts.

For more information about the purpose of anonymous marking and a checklist of which types of assessments are exempt, please see the anonymous marking policy which, for now, relates only to the courses taking part in this pilot.

 

Anonymous marking pilot - Frequently Asked Questions

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Anonymous marking doesn’t change what is taught as part of your course, so you will only notice a change when you come to submit an assessment that it is to be marked anonymously, e.g. an essay or an exam.

For assessments that are to be marked anonymously, you will use the numbers from your student ID rather than your name in the assessment submission. Your student ID can be found on your student smartcard. If you cannot find your student ID, please ask the i-zone.

Full instructions will be given to you before you are expected to submit an assessment.

If you accidentally insert your name on your assessment, the only consequence is that the marker will be aware of your identity. They will still use their professionalism to ensure that this does not affect their academic judgement.

For further guidance on submitting to Turnitin if your course is part of the anonymous marking pilot, please see the section 'Submitting work to Turnitin if you are part of the Anonymous Marking Pilot' on the Submitting Work to Turnitin pages.

If you submit your work in the wrong place, or forget to insert your student ID, the University has put safeguards in place to ensure that you can be linked to work you have submitted. You will, however, need to show evidence that you submitted the work. We still recommend that you save your work in various places and do not delete it until after you have completed your studies.

Every effort will be made to ensure you remain anonymous, however there may be compelling reasons why a student's identity needs to be revealed, for example:

  • if the student has submitted their work to an incorrect submission point
  • for Boards of Examiners, Extenuating Circumstances, Complaints, Appeals, Academic Misconduct cases and other panels where the student's identity is necessary for action to be taken in line with the university's polices and procedures

There may also be instances where students can be identified by a process of elimination, e.g. the cohort on a module or course is small or a student submits their work in a unique format due to reasonable adjustments.