Dear Students,

I hope you and those close to you are able to stay as safe and well as possible in these difficult times.

I am writing with another update on our work to support you, and to try and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your learning and assessment.

Clearly, the most helpful thing for staff and students is to publish information which is as comprehensive and complete as possible, rather than constantly releasing information for specific groups or on specific issues. We are in the final process of agreeing changes to policy and procedure through various University committees and whilst we are progressing as quickly as possible, the complexity and need to ensure that any changes are as beneficial as possible to students takes time.

With this in mind, we wanted to confirm you will receive additional information on key aspects of our no detriment policy regarding Postgraduate Taught and Continuing Student ‘no detriment’ measures, deferrals, and Individual Mitigating Circumstances, by the 7th May.

Your exam timetable will also be sent to you later today (1st May). As you can imagine this has been an extremely complex process this year with new assessment arrangements and colleagues have been working very hard to get these out today. Thank you for your understanding.

For Postgraduate Taught students, the specific no detriment measures proposed for your academic performance are currently under final discussion at Senate, the University committee with overall responsibility for learning and teaching. Discussions are focused on ensuring that measures are fair and account for the specific academic context of PGTs, including careful consideration of the impact of COVID-19 on dissertations.

It is important to stress that the general principles already agreed for all taught students will apply to all students. These should cover the majority of issues and ensure no detriment.

I hope this provides additional clarity and reassurance – as ever, we will update you as soon as we can. Thank you again for your patience.

Best wishes,

Peter