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Student Engagement and Success

Attendance and Academic Engagement

Your success depends upon full and regular attendance at all classes, seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials and the completion of all of your module assessment(s). The University’s Academic Regulations make it clear that attendance and full academic engagement are requirements of your registration on your course. You should inform your Student Hub as soon as possible if you have problems with attendance or coping with your course. Your Student Hub may, in turn, arrange for you to see your Personal Academic Adviser or other relevant departments, for example Student Services.

Our experience shows that students who do not fully attend classes and engage with their studies are at very high risk of failure. If you are absent from class you can expect to be contacted by your Student Hub or Personal Academic Adviser.

You should also be aware that failure to meet the requirements for study on your course, both in terms of attendance and the completion of assessment(s), will jeopardise your registration on your course. If you are a full-time student, you must attend all eight modules that form your programme of study and submit all of your module assessments. Equally, if you are a part-time student you must attend all the modules that form your programme of study and submit all the assessments for each of those modules.

Please note
For international students, the University is required by the UK government to confirm that you are in regular attendance. Failure to attend classes may lead to the Home Office cancelling your student visa

Attendance at classes is logged on a weekly basis and you will be able to view your attendance information on your Evision account. If you cannot attend classes for any reason, we strongly advise that you inform your Student Hub at the earliest opportunity, so that this can be recorded. If you are having problems with your studies then these records may also be of assistance in determining what help and advice would be appropriate.

The University looks carefully at the evidence of your attendance and academic engagement at regular points through the year, and students who fall below the requirements will be withdrawn from the course and required to leave the University. In particular full time students who do not pass at least 4 modules (60 credits) during their first year of study will not be able to continue on the course.

It is important for you to understand that the University only receives funding from central government to pay for your teaching and facilities if you complete all the modules expected of you. This means that if a student doesn’t take an exam or doesn’t submit a piece of coursework it directly affects the University’s ability to provide a good level of support and to improve facilities for you and your fellow students.

We recognise that you may need to undertake part-time work, but strongly advise you not to take employment of more than 15 hours a week if you are a full-time student (should you need to take employment of more than 15 hours per week we recommend you register as a part-time student).

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Your course will constantly provide opportunities to learn new skills and acquire knowledge in your chosen subject areas. To make the most of the opportunities available, you need to organise and plan your learning using personal development planning processes to help you manage your time effectively.

Undertaking academic study at undergraduate level may be new and very different from your previous study experiences. Assessment is a key aspect of this learning. Successful completion of coursework and examinations is crucial to the achievement of an award at the end of your course. There are various types of assessment, and modules often involve a combination of examination and coursework or presentation. It is important that you understand clearly the various expectations and deadlines for each item of assessment. Every module has a Module Booklet, which explains how and when you will be assessed.

You must attend all timetabled classes and you will also need to study in your own time. You should expect to spend 10 hours per week on each module, making a commitment of approximately 40 hours per week for a full-time student, which should be planned in your diary. Please be respectful of the learning environment and remember to switch off your mobile phone before entering classes and study areas.

Be prepared for lectures and tutorials by doing any reading or exercises in advance. Always make notes. Review these after the class and if there is anything you do not understand, ask your tutor. All tutors have office hours and their contact details are in the Module Booklet.

Check assignment deadlines and exam dates, note them carefully in your diary and begin assignments early. You will enjoy researching and planning your work if you allow yourself plenty of time. Make sure you understand what you need to do and plan how you will tackle it. If anything needs clarification, seek advice from your module lecturer.

In summary
Plan your learning strategy; allocate enough time; attend all of your module lectures, tutorials and other sessions; start assignments well in advance; seek advice and help; use the learning resources offered; and, enjoy the learning experience!

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Mode of Attendance

Your mode of study is determined by the University based on the number of modules that you have registered in an academic year. While students are permitted to change their mode of study at the end of an academic year, they must be clearly registered as either full-time or part-time for each enrolment period. This is because the funds allocated to the University by the Higher Education Funding Council (England) relate to the number of students registered in each mode.

You should be aware that a change in mode of study is a formal University process and you should therefore seek advice from your Undergraduate Office or Student Services before making any decision. Forms are available at your Student Hub.

From 2012/13 a student may be full time or Part time if they are taking 90 credits. Please contact our Student Fees Office for funding implications.

PLEASE NOTE THAT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE UK ON A TIER 4 STUDENT VISA MUST REMAIN FULL TIME. Please contact our International Student Office if you require further information.

Only Full-Time students (studying for no fewer than 21 hours) are eligible to apply for an extension or discount on Council Tax.

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Academic Advice and Information

Personal Academic Tutors (PATs)

Every Undergraduate student is allocated to a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). You will meet your PAT as part of the Welcome Programme.Your PAT, who is a member of teaching staff from the department/faculty responsible for your course, will take responsibility for your progress and is the person with whom you should discuss any academic concerns that you may have. PATs advise students on the following range of issues:
Programme planning, module registration and related matters
Accreditation of Prior Learning applications
Progression and the requirements for awards
Learning development and the support available to students from other agencies within the University
Personal Development Planning and the development of employability
Recovery plans for people who need to repeat part of their studies or who are falling behind with assessed work
Authorise complex programmes of studies.

PATs work closely with the Student Hub and spend part of their time in the office working with Course Administrators to support students; appointments with your PAT can be made via your Undergraduate Office. You are encouraged to make regular contact with your PAT through the year, and meetings will be most frequent during your first year of study, to assist you in settling in and to help you understand the requirements made of you during assessment. You will be advised when formal meetings are required but feel free to contact your PAT whenever you need to discuss or seek advice on any issues affecting your studies or your progress.

Your Personal Academic Tutor may refer you to Student Services or the Learning Development Unit for extra learning support. Your PAT can also act as a referee for a job application.

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Course Leader

Your Course Leader is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of your course. They will work closely with your Personal Academic Adviser if you are having difficulties with any part of the course, as well as with the Course Administrator in the Student Hub.

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Module Lecturer

Module lecturers are members of academic staff who lead the modules contributing to your programme of study and are key to your learning experience. They should be your first port of call for academic advice on any topics you do not understand following a lecture or seminar. All Module lecturers have “office hours” – these are set times during the week when they are available for consultation. For each module there will be a Module Booklet.

For Undergraduate students, module lecturers and your seminar tutors also confirm your attendance at classes each week and you can view the data they submit via your Evision account.

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  Page last updated : : 19 Nov 2015