We want you to keep studying, engaging with your lecturers,
and doing as well as possible in your assessments. We don’t want you to be
worrying that you’ll end up with a lower result because the Coronavirus
situation has disrupted your home life. We know what’s happening has
meant challenges for all of us in how we all balance work, study, and family.
Our priority is to make sure you can complete your learning
and assessments, so that you complete the year and you can either progress to
next year or receive your qualification. We’re working hard to keep your
learning as close as possible to normal, and faculties have been able to change
deadlines where that’s needed.
We know you may be worried that your hard work and
achievements so far might be undermined by the situation we’re all in. We
understand your concerns, and we’re listening to your SU
Some universities have announced what they’re calling
“safety net” or “no detriment” policies. The basic principle of
these is that your marks could go up if you do very well during the rest of
this year, but as long as you pass, they won’t go down from how you were
performing before Coronavirus caused this disruption. We agree
with this principle, and that’s what we’re aiming for too at
We have to work out some details before we can confirm
exactly how we’ll be able to do it in practice. We have a number of
courses, especially for postgraduates, that don’t run to the same pattern as a
traditional academic year. We also have a lot of courses that have
specific requirements from professional bodies, and we may not be able to
change the rules in these cases. That means we need to take a bit of
time as we’re working out the detail for everyone.
But while we do that detailed work, we want you to know
that we get it. We’re aiming to get to a position where as long
as you pass, you can do your remaining assessments knowing your marks can only
go up, and not down. We’ll have firm details of how that will work by Monday 13
April. Please don’t worry, and keep studying as hard as you can.