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Examination Regulations

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This regulation outlines how the University will conduct examinations, what is expected of you, the examination candidate and how your examination paper will be marked.

1. Before the examination

1.1 The student is responsible for making themselves aware of the date, time and venue for all examinations that they are required to take and for presenting at the examination room in good time before the examination is due to begin.  The date, time and venue will be published on the final examination timetable.  Details given on any draft versions of the timetable which may be circulated to identify clashes are provisional and should not be considered as the final timetable.

1.2 Some courses require the payment of registration and/or examination fees. Payment should be made as soon as requested by the University. Such fees are sent directly to the external awarding bodies by the University on the student’s behalf and are non returnable.

1.3 If additional arrangements have been made for a student, in view of a disability, (such as use of a scribe, reader, extra time etc), the student is responsible for ensuring that they are aware of and are satisfied with the arrangements. If the student is unable to attend or no longer needs the arrangements made, they must notify the AccessAbility Service immediately.

1.4 If the student cannot attend an examination because of illness, accident or other good reason, they must notify the University immediately and apply for Extenuating Circumstances.

2. Commencement of the examination

2.1 Students should make every effort to be at the examination room well in advance of the start of the examination.  Students may be admitted to the examination room up to thirty minutes after the official start of the examination, but not normally thereafter. Additional time will not be given for any candidate arriving after the start of the examination.

2.2 Students may not enter the examination room until instructed to do so by an invigilator, this will be ten minutes before the official time of commencement of the examination or of approved reading time, whichever is applicable.

2.3 The student must produce their student ID card (with photograph) and complete attendance slips when requested to do so by an invigilator.

2.4 Upon entering the examination room, students will become subject to the authority of the invigilators and shall act according to their instructions.

2.5 Students are strongly advised not to bring any media player (or similar device), wearable technology or mobile phone into the examination room.  If they do so, they must be placed in an area designated by the Chief Invigilator and must not be brought to the examination desk.  This will be in an unsecured area and the University accepts no liability for the loss or damage to the personal property of a student whilst on campus.

2.6 Upon entering the examination room the students must place all unauthorised papers, bags, briefcases, mobile phones, calculators, cases, etc. at the point designated by the Chief Invigilator.

2.7 If a student has bought an unauthorised item to their examination desk by mistake, they must inform an invigilator immediately. Infringement of the University’s regulation includes:

  • The use of an unauthorised dictionary

  • The use of other than dedicated calculators with a calculation function only

  • The use of unauthorised material stored in the memory of a pre-programmable calculator, organiser, watch or mobile phone

  • Copying or attempting to copy from another candidate

  • Leaving the examination room to refer to concealed notes

  • Communication or attempting to communicate with other candidates

2.8 Students who are allowed to bring into the examination room an authorised dictionary or calculator they must ensure that it is first checked by an invigilator.

2.9 Students are allowed to take a small drink and quantity of sweets into the examination room.

2.10 Students must leave their ID card on the corner of their desk throughout the examination and complete attendance slips when requested to do so by an invigilator.

2.11 Students must not have revision notes on their desk or on their person. Additionally, students are prohibited from placing anything on their desk which could be used to contain or hide revision notes.  The invigilator may inspect anything placed on desks.

2.12 Candidates may not commence the examination before being instructed to do so by the Chief Invigilator.

2.13 Only the official examination stationery provided will be used. Any rough work must  be done on the stationery provided and handed in with the completed script.

2.14 If a student believes that there is an error in the examination question paper, they must advise the invigilator.

3. During the examination

3.1 Students may not remove any script, rough work, official stationery or other equipment from the room.

3.2 All students must write legibly on examination scripts.  The University reserves the right not to mark a script if the writing is illegible.

3.3 Where an invigilator suspects a student of misconduct in an examination, the invigilator will annotate the examination answer book with the date and time of the incident and confiscate any items that may be contributing to the academic misconduct.  Unless the student is causing a disturbance which is likely to affect other candidates, they will be permitted to complete the examination.  The incident will be reported to the Director of Student and Academic Services who may wish to consider the matter in accordance with the Procedure for Dealing with Breaches of Assessment Regulation  - Academic Misconduct.

3.4 If a candidate wishes to attract the attention of an invigilator, they may do so by raising their hand. Candidates may not leave the examination room without the prior permission of an invigilator.

3.5 If, in the opinion of the invigilator, the student  causes an unreasonable disturbance and continues to do so after warning the student  shall be required to leave the examination room and shall not be re-admitted.

3.6 Students may not leave the examination room during the first hour or the last thirty minutes of the examination, except in an emergency, where the student  should seek the prior permission of an invigilator and will be accompanied by the invigilator.

3.7 If a student leaves the examination room without the permission of an invigilator they will be deemed to have withdrawn from the examination and will not be re-admitted to the examination room.

3.8 It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their script is collected by the invigilator. If leaving early, students must not disturb other candidates and shall observe examination regulations until out of the room.

3.9 A candidate whose script has been collected shall not be re-admitted to the examination room.

3.10 All candidates must stop writing immediately when instructed to do so at the end of the examination. The Chief Invigilator shall determine the end of the examination.

3.11 At the end of the examination all candidates must remain seated and silent until all scripts have been collected and until dismissed by the Chief Invigilator.

4. Marking

4.1 All formal, University managed, written examinations will normally be marked anonymously by Schools in accordance with University policy.

4.2 Instructions will be given to the student  by the Chief Invigilator on how to complete the front of their script.  If a student fails to carry out these instructions, the University accepts no responsibility for the script not being marked.

4.3 Examination scripts will remain the property of the University and will not normally be  returned to the student.

Equality issues have been taken into account during the development of this policy and all protected characteristics have been considered as part of the Equality Analysis undertaken.