CoronavirusStudent update: assessments & examinations, Years 3, 4 & 5

Dear Strathclyde Students,

Update on examinations for Years 3, 4 and 5

Further to my email of Thursday 26 March, this is to update you on formal examinations for Years 3, 4 and 5.

Firstly, I would like to reassure you that we fully appreciate the additional pressure that students within years 3, 4 and 5 will be feeling and the ongoing impact that Covid-19 is having on everyone’s daily life. We are also very aware that some of you are currently studying in very difficult circumstances, whether due to limitations of technical equipment and internet connectivity, or through the change in your physical study environment, or family responsibilities. 

It is important for you to know that we are committed to ensuring that Covid-19 does not have a long-term detrimental impact on your final degree outcome. We are balancing the required internal and external quality standards for the eventual award of your degree with consideration of the difficult circumstances you are experiencing. To maintain quality standards, you will understand that it is important that assessment continues.

Consequently, the formal assessment period for Years 3, 4 and 5 will proceed as follows:

  1. formal, time bound examinations, as originally planned to be delivered during the Formal Assessment Period (20 April – 22 May) will not take place, as originally specified within the published exam timetable
  2. any replacement examination needed will take the form of 'take home'/open book assessments, tailored to the specific requirements of your discipline – and taking into account the limitations of your access to specialist equipment and software
  3. replacement examinations or additional assessments will be required for students to progress to the next year or complete their qualification in a number of circumstances, including but not limited to:
  • where there is insufficient existing assessment data for Programme Leaders and Boards of Study to make a judgement on student performance
  • modules which require a final formal assessment as part of the conditions of accreditation by relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies
  • Students who have failed assessments within Semester 2 and marked assessment is less than 50% of the planned module assessment

Of course, you will have detailed questions that arise from these arrangements and what this will mean for you and your particular programme of study. To this end, alongside this wider communication, your Faculty Deans, Vice Deans Academic and Programme Leaders will be sending further detailed communications to you by Thursday of this week to outline the specific arrangements that are in place for your modules and programme of study.

All academic staff, through their Executive Deans and Vice Deans, are taking a supportive and understanding approach to the submission of any ongoing assessments and submission deadlines. Please notify your Department if you are experiencing circumstances which are having a detrimental impact on your studies and follow the guidance to submit personal circumstances, available on the University website.

Our University Boards of Examiners will be supported to make decisions which recognise the unprecedented challenges of this situation and take into account your academic performance across the entirety of your programme, whilst continuing to make sound, evidence-based decisions, to protect the quality of your degree award for you and to best prepare you for your future employment and/or future study.

Please also note that arrangements for assessments of Graduate Apprentices are being progressed in line with the communications as already advised by your Programme Leader. Further communications on final examinations for Postgraduate Taught students will be taken forward following further consultation.

Best wishes,

Jim