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Assessment support 20/21

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Assessment support for semester 2, 20/21

Following the introduction of no-detriment measures across our assessment policies in 2019/20, we have worked with our Students’ Union and Safety Net campaign on new measures to ensure the continued support for our students.

This ‘safety net’ of support enables all of our students to achieve fair assessment outcomes given the ongoing impact of the pandemic:

  • Assessments have been designed with our approach of online and on-campus teaching in mind with most exams online.
  • Where assessment extensions are requested, students will be given a 10 day extension from 25 January 2021.
  • Where a student is experiencing circumstances which means they need longer, they can submit a request to repeat an assessment attempt (RRAA). For reasons related to Covid-19 they do not need to submit further evidence.
  • If a RRAA is accepted and a student passes the module, they have the opportunity to repeat the assessment to improve their mark. (Further information about this is available here.)
  • There is a process to adjust marks at Department Assessment Boards if there is evidence of underperformance across a particular module.
  • These measures are on top of all our existing support. This includes a dedicated academic adviser for every student.
  • Support is enhanced for students with a Learning Contract or with caring responsibilities.

Detailed information, guidance and support regarding assessment can be found below and under Assessment Support. Please be aware that as a result of some of these changes, your results release date may have changed. You can find your confirmed results release date via My Student Record- at the top of the My Results tab.

Extenuating circumstances, including Covid-19


You can request a ten working day extension to your submission deadline if something unexpected happens and you need some extra time. You should submit your extension request at least 24 hours before the submission deadline. You do not need to provide additional evidence of your circumstances.

Request to repeat an assessment attempt (RRAA)

If you are experiencing difficulties which are having a significant impact on your ability to complete your assessments including Covid-19, you can submit a request to repeat an assessment attempt (RRAA). If your RRAA is accepted you will be able to repeat your assessment if you fail it, or attempt to improve your mark if you pass it and it could improve your outcome.

You can find the RRAA on ‘My Student Record’. This is a request to undertake your assessment later during the reassessment period (usually in July for standard courses). Before you submit, we suggest you speak to your Student Support Adviser and watch the guidance video.  

You must submit your RRAA no later than 5 working days after your assessment submission deadline or date of exam. If your circumstances are as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic you are not required to provide any evidence. If they do not relate to the pandemic you must upload evidence to corroborate the nature and timing of your circumstances. 

If you have submitted your RRAA late, you need to provide information and evidence to explain. You cannot submit a RRAA after your marks have been considered by an Assessment Board and your final results published on My Student Record.

Retaking exams and assessments

If you are undertaking reassessment this semester for assignments following where you undertook your first attempt in the spring or summer of 2020, or you are retaking a module(s) completely, then your reassessment mark will not be capped at the minimum pass mark.

Supporting individual circumstances

If you have a disability, there is a range of disability and inclusivity support available to help you complete your assessments, this includes enhanced assessment support for students with learning contracts. 

If you are a student with caring responsibilities please see our new policy for Assessment Support for Students Carers. This applies to all student carers who are registered as a student carer with the University Inclusive Support Team

If you cannot get online from home, access specialist software, or other learning resources please contact Hallam Help.

Further information on assessment support for those with individual circumstances.

Module information and assessment support

Please visit your module Blackboard sites for specific assessment information relevant to your module. Also, watch out for regular email updates from your course team.

Our Adsetts and Collegiate library buildings are open all day, every day: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using MyPC

Socially distanced study spaces are available to book for individual quiet study using the resource booker

Our Academic Skills Support offers support for you to complete your assessment, including 121 appointments and webinars.

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