Assessment Consideration

What to do if you are unable to submit assignments on time

The most important piece of advice we can give you, should you fear that you will not be able to submit a piece of work by the due date, is to contact the unit of study coordinator as soon as possible. That is, as soon as you think that you might have a problem, email or call that person. Their contact details will be on the unit of study outline, or go to the Department's contacts page.

Please do not leave contacting us until after the due date: contact the unit of study coordinator as soon as the problem appears.

Generally, we will be able to help you to organise your work so as to reduce the effects of the problems you are experiencing. Remember: we don't want you to fail!

Extensions and Special Consideration

Students should refer to the Faculty website for information on special consideration, simple extension or special arrangement.

Please note that Special Consideration is available only for "serious illness or misadventure". Being disorganised, partying, and work outside your university studies are not generally recognised as grounds for receiving Special Consideration.

Nor does Special Consideration enable us to give you the marks you would/might/should have received: we can only assess the work we receive, and we must receive it. Special Consideration will enable you to submit work late without penalties, but we must, at some stage, determine your results on the basis of the work we see.

HOWEVER: if problems arise for you, again, immediately contact your Unit of Study coordinator before things get out of hand.

Appeals: Review of Grades

Note: The following policy has been adopted by all departments in the School of English, Art History, Film and Media.

Students are advised that, although students have a right to appeal about an academic decision that affects them, there is no automatic entitlement to a review of any grade.

Academic staff work hard to ensure that marking is consistent and fair, and that the criteria used for grading assignments are transparent.

Students are given information about these criteria in their Unit of Study outlines, in tutorials and lectures, and on grading sheets which are attached to all assignments returned to them.

You are always welcome to approach lecturers, tutors or unit of study co-ordinators to discuss the comments on your assignments, to get an explanation of your grade and to get advice on improving your grades in the future.

The circumstances in which a review of grade may be considered are the following:

  • If you can show that your grade did not take into account an extension or period of Special Consideration which you had been granted prior to the assignment being marked;
  • If you can establish that bias or a conflict of interest affected the judgement of the marker;
  • If you can establish that there has been some failure of administrative or academic process in assessing your assignment which has affected your grade.

In such cases, you should first discuss the issue with the relevant teacher or unit of study coordinator. If you cannot resolve your concerns by this means you should write to the Chair of Department and outline your case for a review of grades. If a review of grade is granted then the assignment will be read by a different assessor. This marker’s decision will be final and students should be aware that their mark for an individual piece of assessment could go down rather than up.

Every effort will be made to deal with such cases efficiently but students should be aware that any review of a grade involves a lengthy process of consultation and remarking. Students should anticipate that any review of grade will take an average of four weeks.

For a full description of the Academic Board Policy on complaints about
an academic decision, download the Academic Board and the Senate resolutions on Student Appeals Against Academic Decisions.