The University is actively working to provide a range of alternative assessments instead of on-site examinations which will now no longer take place for the remainder of the current academic year up to and including August 2020. Alternative assessments will not require your attendance at the University. Your College will provide you with further communication in due course in respect of the nature and forms of these alternative assessments and students are asked to wait for further notification at the current time.
For all courses leading to professional registration in the School of Medicine, College of Human and Health Sciences and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (Legal Practice Course only), students are advised to await specific information from their Colleges.
Read the most recent update from Professor Martin Stringer:
The following principles and policies for the summer assessment period have been agreed across all the Colleges and Schools and in consultation with the Students’ Union. However, we recognise that given the rapidly changing situation, we may have to adapt our approach and we will communicate these changes to you as they unfold.
Assessments and Examinations
Completing the summer assessments will give you a chance to demonstrate what you have learned, bearing in mind that many students improve their overall mark as a result of summer examinations and assessments. We will not let the extraordinary circumstances in which you are completing these assessments create any disadvantages for you.
We will ensure that all students will be enabled to engage with their studies in order to complete the stated learning outcomes from their modules/programme. You can also be assured that the alternative assessment arrangements will continue to meet the learning outcomes set by any relevant professional or accrediting bodies.
There will be no in-person exams before the end of August (any exemptions, for example in health professions programmes, will be communicated to you separately). All alternative assessments will be delivered in a format suitable for delivery remotely and the time given to complete the work will normally be extended. We expect that all remote exams will take place within the usual four-week University exam period and we are working hard to produce a timetable for each programme that best suits students’ needs.
You will also be able to submit coursework using the methods recommended for your modules. This will normally be through Turnitin (via Blackboard) but if you are unsure of how to submit please speak to your College/School.
For any other forms of assessments that may be set please engage with the relevant Blackboard site to receive further information.
Deferrals, Mitigation and Extensions
We are developing a simplified and flexible mitigation process through which you can apply for extensions or deferral of your assessments if required.
If you struggle to meet any deadlines, please submit an Extenuating Circumstance request through your School or College via email and consult the College or Schools student advice pages for guidance on the process immediately.
The type of supporting evidence that you include will depend on your circumstance. Please clearly explain the specific issues you’re having (i.e. what software you need, access issues etc.).
- The University will accept self-certification for up to 14 days for self-isolation and up to 7 days for any illness or injury not related to Corona Virus.
- If you have an illness or injury that requires a longer period of recovery, please seek medical advice and provide a note or evidence from your doctor, health centre or hospital.
- You can follow up with your supporting document at a later date, as these can be uploaded separately.
- The College or School Special Circumstances Committee will determine an outcome, and when accepted, you may be given an extended deadline or an exemption, as appropriate. Please note that additional evidence may be requested by the University.
Any student who fails a module will be granted another opportunity to take an assessment.
In exceptional circumstances, any student who is seriously concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their ability to perform may ask to defer all of their remaining assessments for this academic year until either the next assessment period (later this summer) or to next academic year. We advise that you speak to either your Academic Mentor, the student advice teams in your School or College or the Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre for more guidance.
Marking and Progression
All our staff are well aware of the unique situation that we are all dealing with, and will ensure that assessments are set and marked fairly according to the established marking criteria.
We will aim to process your results and academic decisions as close to the advertised dates as possible. Therefore, we will ensure that any student who attempts to complete assessments this summer, will have the opportunity to complete their studies, progress to the next year and/or receive an award.
Keeping in Touch
The situation is constantly changing and if it develops in such a way as to make our current plans unworkable then we may have to adapt these arrangements and your School or College will be in touch.
The specific details relating to your own programme and modules are being communicated directly to you via email or through Blackboard. Your Academic Mentors remain available to help and guide you. Do please stay in touch, we are here to support you through these unusual times.
For more information on support services available to you at Swansea University refer to our web pages.
The Library home page has also been updated and guides created to bring support and online contact points together. Also, online drop-in workshops on library support (referencing etc) are being arranged so do take advantage of these.
Thank you for your patience during these difficult circumstances, we have had to adapt very quickly as a University, however we remain committed to supporting you to achieve your best. I am incredibly proud of the way that staff and students have worked in such challenging circumstances.
I wish you all good luck for the upcoming assessments and hope you all remain safe.