Communication of Decisions

Provisional marks are considered at the Examination Board which will meet at the end of the programme to consider final awards.  Results of students who have successfully completed the programme will be sent for ratification at the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group meeting. Results of students who are unsuccessful will be considered at a Consequences of Failure Board.  This Board will make recommendations for the consequences of failure for individual students.  These recommendations will be approved (or otherwise) by the College Associate Dean for Education, who will submit recommendations to the Dean of Faculty for final approval.

Where a Board of Examiners requires a referral or deferral, these decisions should be communicated to the Examinations Office using the Pass/Fail lists issued by that Office, and signed by the Chair of the Board of Examiners and the External Examiner(s). In relation to the referred / deferred examination period, it is essential that Boards return the Pass/Fail lists by the deadline specified by the Examinations Office.  It is not the responsibility of the Board of Examiners to make recommendations about the consequences of failure; this is the responsibility of the Dean of the College who shall, after due consultation within the College, submit recommendations to the Faculty Board.

Module marks (including dissertation modules) should be entered into the student record system directly (for those disciplines appropriate), or submitted to the Examinations Office in a grid which clearly records:

  • candidate name and student number;
  • the module name and code;
  • the numerical mark, or non-submission, or absence;
  • whether a mark has been condoned;
  • whether mitigating circumstances were considered;
  • whether a candidate is being referred in the assessment concerned.
  • Separate report forms on dissertations do not need to be returned.

Marking and Appeals Procedure

If a student feels that there has been irregularity in the marking of an assignment and wishes to appeal against a provisional mark prior to the Examination Board, they should bring the grounds for their appeal in writing promptly to the attention of the Director of Clinical Training, who may then seek the opinion of an additional marker. The External Examiner would then review both marks and the correspondence.  This will usually resolve the matter, but if a student still feels that he or she has grounds for a formal appeal, the university’s procedures for doing this can be found in the TQA manual.

Student Complaints Procedure

Information about the University Student Complaint Procedure can be found here.