Summer assessments – important information

As previously communicated, the University has adapted its approach to delivering teaching, learning and assessments online in all but a very limited number of practical areas for the whole of the 2020/21 academic year including a move to assessments with longer timeframes to complete. If you took assessments during the winter exam period you will, by now, be familiar with this.

Assessments this year have been designed according to the following formats:

  • Time-controlled exam: as on campus, but online, completed in a given time
  • Open Book Exam (Standard): exam-style assessment completed over a 24-hour period
  • Open Book Exam (Extended): exam style assessment completed over a longer period (up to five days)
  • Coursework: set during delivery of the module and completed by given deadlines.

Your department will already have provided details of the formats of your assessments (including the timescale for completion of the work) on your specific programme, so please refer to that information. Given the circumstances, there is no formal central timetable for the summer examinations. Your school or department will already have indicated the timetabled slots for time-controlled exams and for standard open book exams. For extended open book exams you will have been informed of the submission deadline.

If you have any queries about the details of your assessments please contact your School Office.  More information about the different types of assessment and the regulations which apply can be found in the Regulations for Online Assessments Taken During COVID19 Pandemic Situation.

Dissertations, of course, fall outside this current assessment period.

Assessment Support Measures

Given the unusual circumstances we continue to find ourselves in, we have in place a range of assessment support measures which are being implemented this year to address the impact of the pandemic. You can view information about the assessment support measures in place on our webpages.

Academic integrity

The University expects the highest level of academic integrity from every member of our community. You are reminded that you should have completed the KnowHow tutorial on academic integrity to ensure you are fully aware of what this entails and why it is so important.

Accessing resources and support

Please remember the wide range of support you can access at any time as a University of Liverpool student. If you need extra support at any time please contact one of our Wellbeing Advisers to talk about any concerns you have, as they can provide support and refer to specialist services as appropriate.

Specifically, in relation to assessments:

  • KnowHow provides online academic support throughout the year to help you to succeed in your studies. Sessions include topics such as Academic Writing, Presentations, Preparing for Exams and more.
  • Your Liaison Librarian can also offer specialist support and advice for your subject. Book an online appointment with a Liaison Librarian through our appointments booking calendar.
  • You can contact the library team 24/7 by emailing or contact us on Library chat.