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Quality in Assessment and Feedback

How the the University assures that its approach to assessment and feedback is fair, reliable and consistent.

Key regulations, policies and rules

Statement QA16 Assessment, Marking and Feedback details the University's main assessment strategies, the setting of assessment, marking and grading descriptors, late submission of coursework, and assessment feedback. It is read in conjunction with a number of other regulations and policies:

Conduct of examinations

Procedures and principles are detailed in:

Note: QA28 Conduct of Examinations is currently suspended. Please instead refer to Rule 2 - Conduct of Examinations.

Also available is the Exams and Assessments guide.

Academic appeals

Appealing an academic decision

Regulation 17 Conduct of Student Academic Appeals and Reviews details how and when an academic appeal may be made, and the process for review.

Also available is the guide to Appealing against an Academic Decision.

Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMCs)

The principles and procedures for the consideration of individual mitigating circumstances are detailed in the guides to understanding Individual Mitigating Circumstances.

Assessment offences

QA53 Examination and Assessment Offences details the principles of academic integrity. This includes the procedure for investigating allegations of academic misconduct by taught and doctoral students.

To promote an understanding of the principles of academic integrity, the University has designed a training programme and associated test, which must be passed by all students.

Appealing a decision

Also available is a guide on how to appeal against a decision about an assessment offence.

Sources of further guidance

Staff should consult with their Faculty/School Assistant Registrar in the first instance if they have any questions about the policies, regulations or rules contained in this page.

Students should contact their Personal Tutor or Director of Studies in the first instance.

Academic Registry also provides information and advice on all aspects of the exam process including guidance for invigilators, and arrangements for students with special requirements. Please email

For further information on quality assurance at the University, you may also wish to read the guide, Quality Management.

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