The University approved a new Assessment and Feedback policy in 2017. It is a key University objective to ensure that the assessment and feedback that you receive is clear, consistent, inclusive, fair, constructive and timely.

Key policy aspects

  • You should be provided with a timetable of assessments at the beginning of the academic year. Your timetable should ensure assessments are appropriately timed avoiding ‘bunching’ as far as possible, and you should have a diversity of assessment methods;
  • You will develop your academic skills and acquire an understanding of plagiarism and academic misconduct;
  • You will have formative assessment, which does not contribute directly to your final mark for the module. Formative assessment and feedback is key to helping you take greater responsibility for your own learning;
  • You will have summative assessment which does contribute to your final mark. This will have specific guidelines/instructions and assessment criteria that are made available to you at the start of the module;
  • You will usually submit your assessments online via Blackboard;
  • In most cases your summative assessments will be marked anonymously so please do not include your name;
  • You will usually receive your mark and feedback via Blackboard within 15 working days of the assessment due date;
  • After examinations, the module leader will decide whether to provide you with group or individual feedback.

We recognise that learning, teaching and assessment comes in a variety of forms and as such, a number of exceptions to the policy are expected – therefore you will be advised how the policy will be applied to your course.

Download our policy

To read our policy in full, download the assessment and feedback policy below:

How to raise a complaint

If you are concerned that the policy isn’t being followed, then you should raise this with an appropriate member of staff (this may be your module or course leader) in the first instance.

If you are unsure who you need to contact, then you should seek guidance from the Students’ Union. Additional advice is available in the Student Complaints Procedure.