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:
- QA35 Assessment procedures for taught Programmes of study
- New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations
- Regulation 15 Assessment of Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes
- QA12 External Examining (Taught Provision) provides details on the role of External Examiners in the design of assessments and marking.
- QA3 Approval of New Programmes of Study contains guidance on programme design the University's academic framework.
- QA7 Research Degrees provides additional, specialist guidance for doctoral programmes.
- QA45 Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning documents the University's approach to recognising previous learning, from formal and informal sources.
- Individual Mitigating Circumstances & Assessment.
Conduct of examinations
Procedures and principles are detailed in:
- Rule 2 - Conduct of Examinations
- Regulation 15 Assessment of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes
- Ordinance 15 Examiners and Examinations
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on quality assurance at the University, you may also wish to read the guide, Quality Management.