Industrial Action: Message from PVC Learning and Teaching: 10 May 2018

Dear Students,

I am writing to all students to update you on how we are dealing with the effect of the recent industrial action as your exams approach.

We have now undertaken a review of all units that were affected by the industrial action and the snow so that we know:

  • Exactly which teaching activities (classes, lectures, seminars, labs etc.) were missed.
  • What individual lecturers did to mitigate the effect of any missed classes. Examples have included providing missed content through alternative means such as rescheduled lectures or online materials, providing additional academic and supervisory support, and/or extending coursework submission deadlines.
  • Whether any further action may be needed to ensure you have fair learning and assessment opportunities.

This will enable us to assess and address the effect of the strike from an informed perspective, and on a unit-by-unit level. This, in turn, will enable us to ensure the results are fair and accurate and that any detriment to your learning is minimised. More information on this process can be found through the Frequently Asked Questions, on our Industrial Action pages, but to summarise, the University will carefully consider the effects of industrial action and/or snow closure when making decisions around exams and assessment. As an institution, one of our key priorities is that all our students receive the marks and classification their work merits; colleagues in academic and professional services are working hard to make sure this happens.

I would always give the same advice about exams; study hard, but ensure that you take regular breaks, eat well and stay healthy. If despite doing all of this, you feel overwhelmed or over-anxious, you should seek academic support (with your personal tutor, Director of Studies or lecturer as appropriate) and additional well-being advice is provided through Student Services and the SU. In my experience, colleagues at the University care a lot about our students and will find time to listen and help where they can.

I wish you all the best for the coming weeks.

Kind regards

Professor Peter Lambert
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

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