According to UWE, “You will still need to put in the work to pass your assignments this year”, but “if the marks you receive for work submitted after 18th March on a given module are below the average of any marks received for work submitted before that date, they will not bring your final overall mark for that module below that average.”
The University of the West of England (UWE) has introduced a new ‘no-detriment’ policy in order to help students manage their university assessments during the coronavirus pandemic.
UWE’s website was updated only a few days ago with a new policy about the way the university will be grading this academic year.
The website states “The University will be taking a ‘no-detriment’ approach to the 2019/20 academic year. This means that as long as you qualify to progress or graduate based on the marks obtained this academic year, we will ensure that your final academic year average is the same as, or higher than, the average you attained up to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (the day teaching moved online).”
The new policy is said to “ensure that student’s progress and/or complete your award”. This policy has been added to the many other actions that the university has taken in the last month, including moving classes online and extending all assessment deadlines until 23 April.
Beth, a second-year marketing and business student at UWE said “The no detriment thing was definitely the right thing to do, as so many other unis were doing it
“I’m really glad it is in place for my friends and course mates who will be disrupted”
When asked if he was happy with the new policy, Will Reed, a first-year journalism student, commented “I think so, if you worked hard last term, pressure is off. If you didn’t, you still have a chance”.
UWE’s Covid-19 advice explains that, in practice, this policy means that students can lift their average but will not be penalised if their average goes down.
Senior lecturer of Film and Journalism Marcus Gilroy-Ware noted, “I think it’s right that UWE are doing what they can to soften the blow, as far as assessments are concerned, and that’s the aim of the no-detriment policy.
“The situation is unprecedented and has caught most institutions off-guard, but my hope is that we as teachers can continue to find other ways of working with students over the next few weeks to ensure that learning itself can proceed in these new circumstances.”
The executive team have released a small follow up statement today stating, “You will still need to put in the work to pass your assignments this year. As long as you do, the no-detriment policy means that if the marks you receive for work submitted after 18th March on a given module are below the average of any marks received for work submitted before that date, they will not bring your final overall mark for that module below that average.”
“But you can still improve your overall mark for a module, if the marks you receive for work submitted after 18th March are above the average you already had. If you only had one mark back on a module, the average is that mark.”
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