SECTION 7: Conduct in Assessments


You should seek impartial advice and support from the Students’ Union Advice Centre if you are unclear or require support on the information listed below.


This section applies to all our taught assessments.


General Principles

  • Your assessments will test your ability to meet the course and module learning outcomes;
  • Requirements for assessments and exams will be set at the start of the academic year and you will be given adequate time to prepare for them;
  • Some in-class tests may be set under exam conditions. If so, we will advise you of this well in advance of the in-class tests;
  • The Director of Registry is responsible for ensuring that all exams are conducted in line with the regulations;
  • The University’s student record system contains our official record of your assessment results and the decisions which follow. Results are formally published via the student portal. Any other communication of results in any form are for information only and cannot be relied on in the case of a dispute.


Your responsibilities

If you attend an assessment under exam conditions, you declare that you are well enough to do so. In other words, you are telling us you are ‘fit to sit’ it. If you attend an assessment, we are unlikely to approve any claim for extenuating circumstances which you make later.

If you require any special or additional needs, you must notify your School Office and Student Services as soon as possible after you enrol. You may be asked to provide documentary evidence in support of your claim.

You must:

  • Attend exams on the set date and hand in assessments by the agreed deadline, and/or;
  • Submit a claim for extenuating circumstances where you believe your performance or ability to meet a deadline has been impacted (see Section 8)

If you do not attend an exam or submit assessments by the deadline, and you do not have an approved claim for extenuating circumstances, we deem that you have failed the assessment or exam.

When you submit work to us, you will receive confirmation that we have received it. We expect you to keep a copy of this confirmation note as proof of final submission.

If you hand in work late but within five working days of the agreed deadline, we will mark your work. However, the maximum mark available will be the minimum pass mark for that piece of assessment. This does not apply to the submission of assessed work relating to tutor reassessment, referrals or deferrals.

We expect you to maintain a high standard of academic integrity throughout your studies and this includes promoting honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. If we find that you have breached the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, then we will apply a penalty.


Conduct in Examinations

You must:

  • Be at the exam room at least 10 minutes before the exam start time.
  • Report to the invigilator in charge if you are late. You will not be allowed to enter the exam room after one third of the exam time has passed.
  • Leave all outerwear and bags in the designated area.
  • If expressly permitted, use an appropriate calculator during the examination.
  • Sit at the desk allocated to you in the seating plan.
  • Complete and sign and seal the answer book placed on your desk or sign the working booklets on your desk and type your name and course title on the screen.
  • Check that you have been given the correct papers for your exam.
  • Write legibly. If you do not, the examiner may not mark your work.
  • Raise your hand if you need to get an invigilator’s attention.
  • Be accompanied by us if you need to leave the room temporarily.
  • Remain in your seat at the end of the exam until all answer books have been collected by the invigilators or, in an electronic exam, remain seated until the invigilators have closed all electronic exams and the working booklets have been collected.

You must not:

  • Bring mobile phones and other electronic devices with internet access and storage capacity to your exam desk. If these are brought into the exam room they must be switched off and left in the designated area.
  • Leave the exam room during the first third of the time allowed for an exam or the last twenty minutes.


Academic Misconduct and Disturbance

If you are disturbing other students, you will be warned by the invigilator. If you continue, you will be asked to leave the exam room. The invigilator will make a note of this and a report will be submitted to the Dean of your school for action.

If you are suspected of academic misconduct during an exam, we will advise you of this. We will make a note of this on your answer book, remove it and give you a replacement. For electronic exams, your work will be saved and the electronic exam restarted.

The invigilator will keep a record of this on the invigilator’s report sheet and a report will be submitted to the Academic Misconduct Officer.

If you are suspected of academic misconduct after an exam, a note will be made on the answer book or working book. The invigilator will keep a record of this on the invigilator’s report sheet and a report will be submitted to the Academic Misconduct Officer.


Proofreading of Assessments

If you use the services of a proof reader, the following applies:

  • Proof-readers, whether formally paid or not, may legitimately provide guidance and developmental advice on the improvement of spelling, grammar and syntax. This support may be specifically prescribed by a ‘personal learning support plan’.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that both you and your proof-reader understand the boundaries between the proof-reader indicating errors and your own responsibility for the correction of those errors. You must retain evidence to demonstrate how you have corrected your own errors.
  • A proof-reader must not make material amendments to any piece of written work. Submission of work in which such amendments have been made is a breach of the academic misconduct regulations.