Industrial action, exams and your degree

Posted by ep256 at Mar 28, 2018 02:29 PM |
Email sent to students by Professor Jon Scott, PVC Student Experience on Wednesday 28 March

Dear Student,

As term ends and the exam season approaches, I am writing to all students to update you on the industrial action by teaching staff here and in other UK universities, to reassure you, and to explain why we do not believe your degree outcome will be affected.

Although our Vice-Chancellor speaks frequently to those involved, both on campus and at national level, the dispute centres on pensions, and so has been subject to UK-wide negotiations. (You can find out more here, including details of a recent proposed compromise approach.)

Our focus remains on you and your experience here and we have, of course, carefully collated detailed information on all the teaching that has been delivered as normal and also on the teaching events that have not occurred. Heads of Department are now using this information to take a range of actions to ensure students are not disadvantaged in their degree. Arrangements vary, for example depending on the level of impact, and may include exam papers being amended to exclude material not taught. Your first point of contact for information and guidance is your Personal Tutor, supported by Blackboard.

Should further industrial action take place, we are doing everything possible to ensure that your learning experience and exams go ahead smoothly (including asking anyone involved in industrial action to keep local noise to a minimum around exams).

You do not need to submit a mitigating circumstances claim relating to the industrial action unless you have a specific learning difficulty or disability that has been exacerbated by the action and has consequently impacted your ability to attend or submit an assessment. Claims will be considered in line with the Mitigating Circumstances Policy. If you have concerns about the impact of action on you, please discuss these with your Personal Tutor in the first instance who will be able to flag cases to the Panels of Examiners so that any unique circumstances can be taken into account.

Finally, as you prepare, my main message here is that we anticipate that no student who has studied diligently throughout their course will find themselves with a worse outcome because of the industrial action.

It only remains for me to wish you well with your preparations - and for a happy Easter break.

 

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