I am writing to update you on progress in developing our no detriment measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. I appreciate this has taken longer to produce than anyone would have liked, but am confident that taking this additional time has produced robust and fair policies and procedures which best protect students.
We have put together additional guidance documents, which you can access here, summarising all of our agreed no detriment measures as of today (7th May). This covers Postgraduate Taught and continuing students, IMCs and deferrals and will hopefully answer any questions you have about how we will mitigate for the impact of COVID-19 on your assessments.
Postgraduate Taught Students The general principles and mitigation already agreed for all taught students will apply to PGT students. These should cover the majority of issues and ensure no detriment.
In addition, Boards of Studies and Boards of Examiners have been granted greater discretion to grant exception from key areas of our academic regulations for students regarding condoned failure and resits – essentially, removing some of the limitations. We have also approved extensions to the maximum period of registration to support students in exceptional cases.
Your overall classification safety-net will focus solely on your overall performance and not require you to meet thresholds in either the dissertation/project stage or the taught stage(s). More specifically: to achieve a distinction you will need an overall programme average of at least 70%, and to achieve a merit you will need an overall programme average of at least 60%.
Continuing Undergraduate Students The general principles already agreed for all taught students will apply to continuing students. These should cover the majority of issues and ensure no detriment.
In addition, for those continuing students whose marks contribute to their final degree (principally second years), we will calculate both the year average and the Semester 1 average for 2019-20 and use the higher of the two marks to establish your stage average which will contribute towards your Overall Programme Average.
More detailed guidance on these matters can be found in the updated student guidance documents.
Lastly, I want to wish you the best of luck for the assessment period. The commitment, creativity and enthusiasm with which students have adapted to online learning and assessment is testament to the resilience of our Bath community, and I look forward to seeing all you continue to achieve.