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1 Operation of Central Progression and Award Boards Laurence Fuller Head of Student Records and Examinations Planning and Academic Administration

2 Overview of Central Boards Undergraduate progression Foundation Year Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Integrated Masters Undergraduate awards Level 6 Level 7 Integrated Masters

3 Central Board Membership and Role Pro Vice-Chancellor or Dean (Chair) Chief External Examiner (for Levels 5 and 6) Head of Student Records and Examinations Head of Governance and Quality Assurance School representative from each degree discipline To ensure: Observance of University regulations and conventions Consistency across degree programmes Relevant external examiner comments raised Input of discipline areas upon borderline candidates Raising and resolution of exceptional cases

4 Prior to Central Boards Input and agreement of marks on student database (SCIMS) by Schools according to outcome of Discipline Examination Boards with Externals Central calculation of default progression and award outcomes using SCIMS Production of progression and award reports for discussion at the Central Boards

5 Central Progression Boards Take place in late June (and late August after reassessment) Progression guidelines –Decision codes used on reports –Impact of decision codes Progression reports –Order of students –Information provided Reassessment requirements (inc. extenuation)

6 Progression report

7 Central Award Board Takes place in mid-June Bachelor’s Degree algorithm Award reports Borderline candidates – Identification – Discussion and recommendation Failing students (including those with extenuation) Degree statistics Chief External Examiner’s comments

8 Bachelor's Degree algorithm 1 st – Average of 70% OR – Average of 65% AND at least 75 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 70% OR – Average of 65% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 AND 30 credits at Level 5 with marks of at least 70% 2:1 – Average of 60% OR – Average of 55% AND at least 75 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 60% OR – Average of 55% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 AND 30 credits at Level 5 with marks of at least 60% 2:2 – Average of 50% OR – Average of 45% AND at least 75 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 50% OR – Average of 45% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 AND 30 credits at Level 5 with marks of at least 50% 3 rd – Average of 40% PASS – Average of 35% Notes Average mark calculated using Level 5 and Level 6 credits in the ratio 1:2 Minimum credits required- Honours degree – 330 credits / PASS degree– no more than 30 Level 6 credits below 35%

9 Identification of borderline candidates Students who have narrowly missed the requirements for a higher classification, by reference to either of the first two ‘strands’ of the algorithm: – Within approximately 1.5% of the higher weighted average mark required OR – Achievement of the lower weighted average mark but 15 fewer credits in the higher classification Therefore, the borderline algorithm is as follows: 1 st – Average of 68.5% OR – Average of 65% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 70% OR 2:1 – Average of 58.5% OR – Average of 55% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 60% OR 2:2 – Average of 48.5% OR – Average of 45% AND at least 60 credits at Level 6 with marks of at least 50% OR Not applicable for 3 rd class or PASS degree

10 Process and decision making on borderline candidates Proportion of candidates ‘flagged’ for discussion Recommendation from Discipline Examination Boards upon all ‘flagged’ cases Process and discussion at Central Award Board Decision making Proportion where class raised Process for raising other exceptional cases

11 Award report

12 After the Central Boards Student database (SCIMS) updated with Board decisions Outcomes communicated to students: – Awards Degree classification and module marks – Any option for reassessment – Right of appeal – Progression Progression outcome and module marks – Implications of progression decision – Reassessment requirements – Right of appeal Confirmation of awards at Senate


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