If you are experiencing a medium-term or long-term personal difficulty (not related to disability), it may be that a Temporary Learning Agreement (TLA) can help you manage your learning, so that you can successfully complete your level or stage of study within your current academic year.
TLAs are designed for medium to long term personal difficulties i.e. circumstances that affect you for more than 14 days and up to maximum of one academic year.
If your personal difficulty is likely to be short-term (i.e. 14 days or less) and will affect one or more assessment deadlines due in that period, then you are able to use the Exceptional Circumstances Procedures, provided you meet the criteria and timeframe for the request you are making.
If you have a recognised disability and/or long-term or serious medical or psychological condition that you have not yet disclosed to the University, you might be eligible for a Learning Support Plan (LSP). Please contact the Student Wellbeing Services to discuss further.
Your personal academic tutor (PAT) can discuss your needs, check if a temporary learning agreement is right for you, explain what evidence you need and develop the agreement with you.
They are available to all students on undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses, including students at Partner Institutions.
Please note you will need to meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a TLA:
If you are not sure whether you meet these criteria, you should discuss this with your PAT and they can advise you about whether TLA or another form of support is right for your circumstances.
Reference the full TLA procedure for more information.
A TLA means you will be offered additional support by your course to help you succeed in your learning and assessments and to complete them in the current academic year. However, in order for it to be effective it is important you make a commitment to meet any revised deadlines, take up additional support and engage with review meetings.
The support can take a variety of forms:
Please note a TLA cannot:
You need to discuss and develop your TLA with your PAT to begin with. Once you have developed a proposed TLA, your course director will need to agree to it.
You will need to provide evidence in support of a TLA which is:
Please note: It is not possible for a TLA to be developed where the only evidence provided is verbal or is from a parent, partner or friend.
Once the course director has agreed to the proposed TLA, your PAT will ask you to sign and return the form (electronically) within 3 working days of being sent the final version. It is important that you sign and return the form in that timeframe; if you do not do so, your TLA cannot be implemented.
It is important for your academic success to adhere to the commitments you have agreed in the TLA and ensure that you:
If you do not meet the above expectations, your course may suspend your TLA until they are satisfied the issue has been resolved or, in some cases, they may determine that your TLA should be terminated if the issue persists.
A TLA is not something you request by completing and submitting a form to your course (as you would for exceptional circumstances). A TLA is developed in discussion with your personal academic tutor (PAT), who will work with you to draft the proposed agreement document, ready to be reviewed by the course director.
If you think you might need a TLA, you should start by contacting your PAT to ask for a discussion about your difficulties. They will then discuss with you the best support options for your situation, and if they agree a TLA is the right option for you, they will explain how the agreement will be developed.
If you have a (re)assessment deadline coming up and you have not yet been able to speak with your PAT about a TLA, you can submit an exceptional circumstances request in the first instance to obtain a short extension (if you meet the criteria) whilst you wait to speak with your PAT.
It is normally expected that if you are self-isolating and you have assessments due which you do not think you will be able to submit/attempt, you will use exceptional circumstances to request an extension/further chance to take the exam at a later date. This is because self-isolation generally lasts for a short-term period of up to 14 days.
Support and advice for students self-isolating is available. It is important that you let your course know that you are self-isolating so that they can support you.
Yes. A TLA can be put in place in this instance, but it is important to note that the TLA cannot change a reassessment (capped) into a deferred first attempt (uncapped).
All revised deadlines are negotiated with the PAT and should be reasonable and proportionate. It is important to be aware that your revised deadline will be set to ensure your work is submitted in time to be considered by the relevant Board of Examiners.
In exceptional cases, your Course may agree to recommend a deferral to the Board of Examiners on the basis of your TLA. If this deferral is agreed then you will complete the (re)assessment in the next designated assessment period for your course. However, it is important to be aware that TLA revised deadlines cannot go beyond the end of the academic year in which you have studied the module
No. You cannot request more than the scheduled amount of time to complete your take-home exam through a TLA.
If you feel you are unable to complete an exam on the scheduled date you must discuss this with your PAT before the exam start time, and if agreed by the PAT and course Director your TLA could be used to offer the chance to complete the exam at the next designated assessment period,
For example, if your exam was originally in the Semester 1 / Trimester 1 assessment period and it has been delayed through your TLA, it will normally take place in your Semester 2 / Trimester 2 assessment period.
The University’s academic calendar includes the specific assessment dates. If you are not sure which calendar your course is on you should contact your course director to find out.
Not unless you:
Where you do not fall into one of the above categories, any TLA deferred first assessment attempt will have to be completed in the same academic year you studied the module. It cannot be deferred into the next academic year. When a deferral is agreed, you will be expected to take that attempt in the next designated assessment period for your course in the year you are studying the module.
It is also important to be aware that in the majority of cases if you are completing (re)assessment coursework, your TLA will give you a revised deadline which ensures your mark can be considered by the relevant Board of Examiners. You will not normally be given deferral for coursework unless there is an exceptional reason preventing completion before the Board.
If you are asking for a TLA because of a difficulty someone close to you is experiencing and you intend to provide evidence that belongs to that person, you must ensure you have their written permission to share their personal data (e.g. medical letters or legal documents) with the University as part of the TLA process. These requirements apply to any living individual over the age of 16. They do not apply to documentation relating to deceased individuals.
Providing permission for a living individual’s evidence to be supplied to the University as part of the TLA process is necessary to ensure you, and the University, are meeting the legal General Data Protection Requirements. You will need to supply a form with your evidence, for if the form is not provided then the University cannot consider that person’s evidence.
If you are the person’s legal guardian, for example, their parent, then you will not need to provide their permission but you will need to confirm in your discussion with your PAT that you hold legal guardian status.
If you are concerned about asking the person to sign the permission form, or they are unable to do so, then you should consider providing any evidence you have which relates to you only. If you are unsure what to provide you can discuss this with your PAT during your TLA development discussion.