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Undergraduate students have been emailed this afternoon with more information about the package of support measures we have put in place regarding your assessments this year. Above all we have two duties, to be fair to you in these challenging circumstances that we are all experiencing, and to protect the integrity and value of your degrees so that your award is respected and that University of Liverpool students continue to be sought after by employers. We can reassure you that although we have had to adapt the way in which your studies are delivered, no changes to modules have been approved that would change the intended learning outcomes for your programme or risk professional accreditation where this applies.
Our first priority has always been and will continue to be the wellbeing of our students and staff. It is extremely important to us that you continue to get the support you need to successfully pursue your studies, regardless of how your teaching arrangements may have changed through the academic year. With that in mind we have adapted our approach to delivering teaching, learning and assessments online for 2020/21 including a move to assessments with longer timeframes to complete, and I will outline those details in this email.
Importantly, I want to make it absolutely clear that we understand the pandemic has created difficulties for the majority of students and would like to assure you that this will be taken into account when considering your overall attainment at the end of the year. It is only right that we explain to you how we propose to do this, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, and also your feedback and insight, whilst we have worked through these issues together with the Liverpool Guild of Students. We have identified a range of individual and cohort level measures to take into account the impact of the pandemic.
We can now confirm that:
Every year your marks are reviewed and confirmed by Boards of Examiners. One of the duties of these Boards is to ensure fairness and consider the performance of the entire cohort as well as individual performance. The Boards are composed of your Department’s or School’s academic and professional services staff who will understand any particular circumstances affecting you and/or your programme of study. Before the Board of Examiners meets then a separate Extenuating Circumstances Committee will have considered all claims for individual Extenuating Circumstances and will have made recommendations to the Board of Examiners as to how these may be taken into account when considering an individual student’s progressions or classification.
We are sure you will appreciate that allowing students to submit work later will impact on the time available to academic staff to mark the work and we will therefore need to move the date on which marks are released by five working days from the 11th March to the 18th March.
At this time it is more important than ever that we recognise the difficulties and pressures faced by all members of our community, staff and students alike. As you see from the measures described above, given the disruption we are keen to ensure that where you need it you get additional time to complete your work to the best of your ability; you have asked us for this and we consider that it is completely fair in the current circumstances. However, many of our staff are also facing their own personal challenges at this time and we must also ensure that they are not faced with unrealistic timeframes for marking and moderation whilst also preparing for semester 2 teaching. Also, they may at this time take a little longer to reply to enquiries, and we would like to thank you in advance for your understanding in relation to this.
You can find further information about exams and assessments and how Extenuating Circumstances will be applied on our exams information webpage. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on all the points made above are also available on the Student Intranet. Please visit this page and read through the FAQs thoroughly before contacting your school office.
*This information is for Undergraduate students. Postgraduate students will be emailed separately this week – Many thanks for your patience*
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