Student handbook

Exams and assessments

2020

Exams and assessments

Alternative options for completing the academic year

The emails sent to you on 27 March 2020 and 3 April 2020 by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) outlines the University’s approach to assessments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the current circumstances mean it is not possible to undertake assessments physically on campus, the University has introduced Remote Assessments in May/June 2020. You should read the contents of the emails from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) carefully, alongside the information published on each of your modules on Learn. We are confident that most students will be able to complete the year successfully in the normal timeframe, despite the exceptional circumstances.

Students receiving financial support from the Student Loans Company will continue to receive this and Tier 4 students will continue to be sponsored on their existing visas (whether they are in the UK or currently elsewhere).

Students will receive their results in the summer as normal, although it is possible that our exam board dates will be slightly later than planned and we will keep you informed as to when you can expect your results to be available. Please be reassured that we will be able to award degrees this summer for undergraduate finalists and in the autumn term for postgraduate taught students.

If you wish to continue as planned by taking remote assessments in May/June 2020, you do not need to take any further action.

Special Assessment Period

Reassessments will be available in the Special Assessment Period, if required. Please note that any changes made to the assessment for a module for May/June 2020 will be the same in the Special Assessment Period for consistency. We currently anticipate that Remote Assessment will also be available in the Special Assessment Period for students who are unable to travel, and we will keep under review whether we will hold a face-to-face Special Assessment Period and let you know about this as soon as we are able to do so.

Alternative options

We do understand that some students may be experiencing significant disruption which affects their ability to study at the present time and/or may have concerns about undertaking Remote Assessments. Therefore, we are also exceptionally offering each student the opportunity to apply for one of two alternative options for completing the academic year. These options and the implications of each are explained below.

Option 1: Defer all remaining Semester 2 assessments until the Special Assessment Period 2020

  • You will defer all remaining Semester 2 assessments and undertake Remote Assessments in the Special Assessment Period during August and early September.
  • You will not be charged any additional tuition fees.
  • If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you should be able to complete your assessments within the time remaining on your visa, but you should check this before you request to defer your assessments.
  • You will remain a registered student throughout the spring and summer of 2020.
  • Your results will be confirmed at the relevant exam board in September and made available to you, as normal, via the MyResults page shortly afterwards.
  • If you then need to undertake reassessments, you will have to do so in the 2020/21 academic year. Please note that you will not be awarded any further reassessment rights for any modules you are already undertaking on a second attempt basis.

Option 2: Take a leave of absence and return to the University at the start of Semester 2 in the 2020/21 academic year

  • You will return to University for Semester 2 in the academic year 2020/21, attend your classes in person (providing this is possible) and then take your Semester 2 assessments in summer 2021.
  • If you receive a tuition fee or maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company, you will need to apply for funding for 2020/21.
  • If you hold a Tier 4 visa, your sponsorship will cease and you will need to apply for a new visa to recommence your studies in February 2021 (including paying the application fee and health surcharge applicable at the relevant time).
  • You will not be actively registered as a student for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year or Semester 1 of the 2020/21 academic year. UK students will not receive a maintenance loan for the duration of their leave of absence.
  • You will be invited to re-register for your programme in February 2021.
  • Your results will be confirmed at the relevant exam board in June/July 2021 and made available to you, as normal, via the MyResults page afterwards.
  • If you then need to undertake reassessments, you will have to do so in the Special Assessment Period in September 2021 or the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that you will not be awarded any further reassessment rights for any modules you are already undertaking on a second attempt basis.

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Action required

If you wish to continue as planned by taking remote assessments in May/June 2020, you do not need to take any further action.

If you feel continuing immediately may not be the right choice for you, please read through the information above to help you make a decision. If having considered your options carefully and you decide you would like to apply for option 1 or 2, you must complete the form below to submit your request by Monday 4 May 2020 and ideally earlier.

If you would like any further information on the two options, please review the FAQs below. You may also wish to contact your Personal Academic Tutor to discuss any academic implications there may be for you.

If I take remote assessments in the Special Assessment Period 2020:

When will I receive my results?

If you opt to take remote assessment in the Special Assessment Period 2020, your results will be considered at the relevant exam board in September. Your results will then be made available to you, as normal, via the MyResults page.

I am already undertaking reassessments – how will these be impacted?

If you are currently undertaking Semester 2 reassessments on a second attempt basis, then these will be sat on a second attempt basis in the Special Assessment Period, and you will not be awarded any further reassessment rights (other than through a successful mitigating circumstances claim).

Will my registration with the University remain current?

You will remain a registered student throughout the spring and summer of 2020.

Are there any financial implications to my decision?

The tuition fees you pay already include the cost of your assessments and so you will not be charged any additional fees if you defer your assessments from Summer 2020 to the Special Assessment Period.

Are there any implications for my Tier 4 visa?

If you have a Tier 4 visa, we expect that you should be able to complete your assessments within the time remaining on your visa, but you should check this before you request to defer your assessments.

As an undergraduate finalist, when will I be awarded my degree?

If you successfully complete your studies, you will be awarded your degree following the examination boards in September 2020.

If I am awarded reassessment rights following the Special Assessment Period, when would I be able to take these?

If you are awarded reassessment rights for any of your current modules (including those that you took in Semester 1), you need to undertake these during the 2020/21 academic year. You will normally be able to choose whether to undertake these with attendance (providing this is possible) or not.

If I take Leave of Absence for the remainder of 2019/20 and return to study in 20/21:

Will I be able to take my studies through face to face delivery in 2020/21?

The University anticipates that face to face delivery will be available to students in semester 2 of the 2020/21 academic year. However, due to the nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University is unable to guarantee that studies in 2020/21 will be through face to face delivery.

When will I receive my results?

Once complete, your assessment will be marked as normal and your results will be confirmed at the exam boards in June/July 2021. Your results will then be made available to you, as normal, via the MyResults page. You will receive an email confirming the date of your results release a little nearer the time.

I am already undertaking reassessments – how will these be impacted?

If you are currently undertaking Semester 2 reassessments on a second attempt basis, then these will be sat on a second attempt basis during 2020/21 academic year, and you will not be awarded any further reassessment rights (other than through a successful mitigating circumstances claim).

Will my registration with the University remain current?

If you take a leave of absence you will not be actively registered as a student for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year or Semester 1 of the 2020/21 academic year. You will be invited to re-register for your programme in February 2021.

Are there any financial implications to my decision?

Undergraduate UK students: If you receive a Maintenance Loan from the Student Loans Company, that will stop for the 2019/20 academic year and you will need to apply for support for 2020/21. You will need to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan for your studies in 2020/21. You are likely to receive your final maintenance payment for term 3 of 2019/20, which the Student Loans Company would treat as an overpayment and would be recovered from your maintenance loan entitlement when you return in Semester 2 of 2020/21. If you have already used your “Gift year” from the Student Loans Company, they may not provide a tuition fee loan for your studies in 2020/21 and you would have to pay your tuition fees yourself.

Undergraduate EU students: You will need to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan for your studies in 2020/21. If you have already used your “Gift year” from the Student Loans Company, they may not provide a Tuition Fee Loan for your studies in 2020/21 and you would have to pay your tuition fees yourself.

Undergraduate International students and all Postgraduate Taught students: Your fees for 2019/20 would be recalculated and you would only be required to pay 66% of the annual fee for your studies in 2019/20. You would be charged the remaining 34% of your annual fee when you return to your studies in 2020/21.

 

If you think that Option 2 is right for you but you have concerns about financial hardship, please contact advice@lboro.ac.uk.

Are there any implications for my Tier 4 visa?

If you decide to take a Leave of Absence and recommence your studies in 2020/21 the University is required to stop sponsoring your Tier 4 visa and you will need to leave the UK when you are able to do so. You will need to request a new CAS in December 2020 to allow you to make a new Tier 4 visa application to restart your studies in February 2021. As part of your new visa application, you will need to provide evidence of your funds to complete your studies, and you will need to pay the application fees and healthcare surcharge applicable at the relevant time. If you require any guidance on the implications on your visa of a Leave of Absence you should contact Student Advice and Support.

As an undergraduate finalist, when will I be able to attend graduation?

If you successfully complete your studies, you will be awarded your degree following the summer 2021 exam boards.

If I am awarded reassessment rights following the 2020/21 academic year, when would I be able to take these?

If you are awarded reassessment rights for any of your current modules (including those that you took in Semester 1 of the 2019/20 academic year), you will be given the option to sit these either in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) in September 2021, or during the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that if you are required to, or opt to, undertake reassessment with attendance, then this will only be possible during the 2021/22 academic year and not SAP in September 2021.