11. Work and attendance of undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in the School of Mathematics


Students on undergraduate programmes and taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Mathematics are normally expected to attend ALL lectures, feedback tutorials, feedback supervisions, workshops, seminars, computing laboratories and project/dissertation supervisions, coursework assessments and Academic Advisor meetings held in connection with the programme on which they are studying.

Recording Attendance

The recording and monitoring of student attendance is a University requirement as stated in Regulation XX-Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of Students. The School of Mathematics will use the following attendance trigger points:

  1. For undergraduate students in their first and second year of studies, attendance monitoring will take place during ALL feedback supervisions and feedback tutorials.
  2. For undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of studies and postgraduate taught students, attendance will be monitored at random weekly lectures.
  3. All taught students in the School of Mathematics are expected to sit ALL examinations and coursework tests for their degree programme and to submit ALL coursework assignments by the deadlines specified.
  4. All taught students in the School of Mathematics are expected to attend ALL Academic Advisor Meetings. Attendance at examinations, submission of coursework assignments, and attendance at Academic Advisor meetings will be recorded, and students who are absent or fail to submit coursework without good reason will receive warning correspondence.

The School will use attendance and coursework data to compile statistics and inform progression decisions. This data will also be available in requests for special permissions (eg repeat of year/interruption requests) and in decisions on allowing students to take resits (referred examinations).

Students with unsatisfactory attendance will receive warnings as described below. Any absences which are supported by an appropriate Mitigating Circumstances Form and supporting evidence will not normally be counted towards the assessment of unsatisfactory attendance, (see your undergraduate or postgraduate programme handbook for further information).

Warnings and Penalties

In the case of persistent unsatisfactory work and attendance the following action will be applied:

First warning stating the actions the student is required to take in order to improve their attendance, including a compulsory interview with a senior member of the academic staff. Failure to respond to this request and not attending this meeting will result in the School
issuing a formal warning.

Formal warning stating that unless the student complies with the actions specified in the letter to improve attendance, the School may refuse the student permission to take examinations or assessments, with the consequence that the student may be excluded from
the programme.

Final warning stating that unless the student takes action as stated in the formal warning, the student will be notified of a withdrawal date and consequently withdrawn from the University.*

Students who have received a formal warning and have poor academic performance in semester 1 without mitigating circumstances may be withdrawn from the programme at this stage if they fail to improve their attendance.

Students who are absent from a continuous period of 30 days or miss an entire end-ofsemester set of examinations without informing the School of any mitigating circumstances will be assumed to have withdrawn. Students will be withdrawn from the University either
at the end of February for semester 1 and the end of June for semester 2.*

Students, who achieve a weighted average of 35% or less for undergraduates, and 45% or less for postgraduates in their first semester examinations, will be required to attend a compulsory interview with a senior member of the academic staff.

*Students studying under a Tier 4 visa permission should note that once a withdrawal has been completed on the University’s Student System, students will be reported to the UKVI and will be required to leave the UK within 60 days of their withdrawal.

Updated August 2016

See also Sickness and Absence

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