It’s important for us to know if you’ve attended lectures, seminars or classes in person or online so we can support you in your studies. 

By registering your attendance, we’ll notice if you’ve missed any timetabled sessions and if you need any support to get back on track.

We understand that occasionally there may be a good reason why you can’t make it to a class. If that’s the case, please always inform your course team in advance so the lecturer knows who to expect.

Registering your attendance electronically 

If you have an individual student timetable (i.e. MyTimetable), you need to register your own attendance by ‘tapping in’ with your Smartcard (the same way you would use your debit card to make a contactless payment). This applies to lectures, seminars and other taught classes you attend.

Your online attendance at digital learning and teaching activities will be registered within the platform such as Blackboard. 

Registering your attendance electronically means teaching staff can focus more time on the things that matter to you, like planning and delivering great classes.

Look out for the black Smartcard reader at the entrance of lecture theatres and teaching rooms. Each time you tap in, there will be a ‘bleep’. The LED on the Smartcard reader will flash blue briefly indicating that your attendance has been successfully recorded.

Please remember:

  • To tap in for each separate timetabled session. So, if you were to have a seminar in RWg15 9-10am followed by another seminar in RWg15 10-11am, you’d need to tap in at both 9am and 10am.
  • You can tap into a class up to 15 minutes before it’s timetabled to begin, and any time thereafter until it’s due to end.
  • You don’t need to tap out when the class finishes. If you do, the system will record that you did so, but it won’t affect your attendance record either way.
  • If you don’t tap in, your attendance at that class won’t be recorded. So, if you’ve forgotten your Smartcard, please still attend but remember to bring it next time.
  • When tapping in, keep your Smartcard separate from any credit cards/Oyster cards etc, to make sure only the correct one is scanned.
  • If you have, or have ever had, more than one Smartcard, only the most recent one will be recognised by the attendance system. If in doubt, take your card(s) to the i-zone to check that you’re using the correct one.
  • If you lose your Smartcard, visit the i-zone for a replacement (costing £10). If you’re issued with a new Smartcard, your old one will be de-activated so check that you’re tapping in with the correct card.

Important information for international students on a Student Route visa

If you are an international student who is here on a Student Route visa then your leave to remain is dependent on your continued engagement with your studies. One of the ways in which we monitor your engagement will be through your attendance at lectures, seminars and other learning activities. If you miss any of these without prior agreement from the university then we may withdraw our sponsorship of your visa. If this happens, then you would no longer be able to continue with your course and would need to return home.


The Student Engagement Dashboard

The Student Engagement Dashboard will be used, by your personal academic tutor or course support team in conversation with you, to give an indication of how your learning is progressing and where you may need further support.

In preparation for these conversations, you should consider and reflect on your own engagement and identify your strengths and any support you may require to succeed.

The dashboard pulls together a range of existing data about your engagement in your studies, as well as how this compares to average engagement. Pulling together this information in this way will help us to understand how we can best support you to develop and reach your goals.

For further information on the dashboard and how your data is being used we have developed this student guide. The dashboard is not part of any formal assessment. If any of the personal data used in the dashboard is inaccurate, you will be given the chance to correct these inaccuracies.