No Detriment Policy Updates Explained

Monday 18-01-2021 - 16:37
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At the beginning of Lockdown 3 we provided the University with a proposal for a No Detriment Policy. The policy was shaped by the feedback we received from students about how the pandemic is affecting them and the monthly discussions with the University on how to ensure students can achieve to the best of their academic abilities in their upcoming assessments. As a result of this the University has today provided an update on the further support and an Assessment Support Package they will be offering for both Undergraduate and PGT students.

Here is a summary of the updates provided: 


  • For the whole of the 2020/21 academic year, the University has removed the need for evidence of personal illness as part of an application for Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) and applications for exemption from late penalties (ELPs). 


  • IT difficulties have now been included as grounds to claim ECs. 


  • All Semester 1 coursework due in January or February 2021 which has been submitted within five working days will automatically be granted exemption from late penalties (ELPs). This is essentially a 5-day extension.  


  • Additional support is available for those students with a support plan that recommends extensions as a reasonable adjustment. 


Board of Examiners 

  • The Board of Examiners will review the performance of current student cohorts against a variety of data (other module marks, marks from previous years, previous cohorts’ marks) to ensure that any detrimental impact of the pandemic is identified and mitigated. 


  • The Board will have more discretion to progress or classify students based on an overall assessment of achievement over the whole programme - subject to the requirements of professional body accreditation and regulatory bodies. 


  • For non-final year students, wherever possible the University will implement a more permissive approach to carrying failed marks forward in order to support student progression. 


  • For final year undergraduate students on modular, non-clinical programmes the University will double the borderline range for profiling at classification from 1% to 2%. (I.e. If a student’s average is 58/59the Board of Examiners will specifically consider whether they meet the requirements for the award of a degree in the higher classification). 

You can find out more about the policy and updates here:,Online,Assessment.pdf  

We welcome the support package put forward by the University to better support students in their assessment and we look forward to continuing to work alongside University Senior Leaders, ensuring your voice and the challenges you are facing during this pandemic are heard. 


We understand that this is particularly difficult time and we hope this update reassures you that as a Student Officer team we are here and listening.  If you need extra support or have questions on your individual circumstances, the Guild Advice team are on hand to help. You can book an appointment by emailing


We are always here to help, so keep talking to us and we will continue to make sure your voice is heard.



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