Coronavirus Recovery: advice and latest information

Message to Students

The University is actively working to provide a range of alternative assessments instead of on-site examinations which will now no longer take place for the remainder of the current Academic Year up to and including August 2020. Alternative assessments will not require your attendance at the University. Your College will provide you with further communication in due course in respect of the nature and forms of these alternative assessments and students are asked to wait for further notification at the current time.

For all courses leading to professional registration in the School of Medicine, College of Human and Health Sciences and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (Legal Practice Course only), students are advised to await specific information from their Colleges.


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  • Arrive at the venue in good time before the start of the exam.
  • Place your ID card on the desk. This should be clearly visible and placed face up
  • Check the front  cover of the exam paper to make sure you are taking the correct examination
  • Write clearly and in English (unless another language is specified for the exam)
  • Do all rough work in the booklets provided and cross through if you do not want the rough work to be marked
  • Raise your hand and wait for an invigilator if you have a query, feel unwell, need to use the toilet or require more stationery
  • If you decide to leave your exam early (after 45 minutes and before the last 15 minutes only) you must ensure you have completed all the necessary details on the answer book. Raise your hand and wait for an invigilator to collect your answer book. You must leave the exam venue quietly and remember to take your personal belongings with you.
  • Ensure that your details have been completed on your answer book
  • Remain at your desk until your answer paper has been collected by an invigilator and you have been told to leave
  • Leave the exam venue quickly and quietly and remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Do Not

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  • Bring in any unauthorised notes/material
  • Attempt to communicate with anyone in the exam venue, other than the invigilator
  • Open the question paper until you are told to do so. You may read the cover to ensure you are taking the correct exam paper.
  • Bring ANY electrical devices into the venue, even in your pockets
  • Bring any food into the exam venue
  • Enter the venue if the exam has been in progress for 30 minutes (e.g. if you are late for the exam)
  • Leave the venue until the exam has been in progress for 45 minutes or during the last 15 minutes (including to go to toilet)
  • Disturb other students who are still working.
  • Cause any kind of disturbance
  • Continue to write after the exam has finished.
  • Take the exam paper or any used/unused answer booklets away from the venue
  • Talk until you are outside the exam venue


Before an examination:

The University recognises that sometimes you may not be able to sit an exam due to circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, accident or bereavement. You are advised to notify the University as soon as possible if you are prevented from sitting an exam, in order to submit a request for deferral of that exam. You will need to support your request with evidence of your circumstances, following the procedures outlined in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.

During an examination:

If you start an exam but are unable to finish it due to illness or other circumstances you are advised to inform an invigilator immediately and before you leave the exam venue. You should then obtain supporting documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) and follow the guidelines in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.

Adverse Weather

If the University is closed during exam periods due to adverse weather conditions, exams will be cancelled. You are advised to check the University's website, social media and Blackboard for further updates.

If the University remains open, exams will continue as normal. If you are personally affected by adverse weather conditions you are advised to inform the University in accordance with the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.

Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating circumstances are serious and acute problems or events which are beyond your control or ability to foresee which may have affected your performance and/or impeded your ability to attend, complete, or submit an assessment on time. 

If you have been affected by extenuating circumstances before an exam to such an extent that your performance is likely to be significantly affected you might wish to consider postponing the sitting of the exam until a future date.  In this case, you must contact your College to request to defer the exam.  This must be done either in advance of the exam or within 5 working days of the exam taking place. You must provide supporting evidence with your request.

If you are taken ill during an exam you must inform the Chief Invigilator during the exam. You should then contact your Home College as soon as possible, and submit supporting documentation for an extenuating circumstances claim within 5 working days of the affected exam taking place.

For further information see the section concerning examinations in the Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.