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, project/dissertation supervisions, coursework assessments and Academic Advisor meetings held in connection with the programme on which they are studying. These are used as trigger points.
Any assessment and examination absences due to medical or personal problems must be supported by a Mitigating Circumstances Form and documentary evidence.
The School of Mathematics uses the following attendance trigger points:
• For undergraduate students in their first and second year of studies, attendance monitoring will take place during ALL feedback supervisions and feedback tutorials.
• For undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of studies and postgraduate taught students, attendance will be monitored at random weekly lectures.
• 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.
• 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.
Consequences of Unsatisfactory Work and Attendance
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takes action as stated in the formal warning, the student will be notified of a withdrawal date and consequently withdrawn from the University.*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 for a continuous period of 30 days or miss an entire end-of-semester 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.
Further information can be found in Regulation XX Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of Students.
Certificate of illness and absence from the University
It is a requirement as a registered student with the University of Manchester that you register with a local General Practitioner (GP). A list of GP practices can be obtained from the Occupational Health Centre on Waterloo Street, no 38 on the campus map, any University Hall of Residence or any local pharmacy. You can also find information on the NHS website.
If you have a severe illness then you should consult your GP or, for emergencies, the Accident and Emergency Department of a hospital. If an illness means that you will be absent from the University for more than 7 days, including a weekend then you should also consult your GP. Students will need to inform the School of any periods of illness.