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Important Student Information for Current Students in 2021 - FAQ - February 2021

We understand that the ongoing pandemic can be a source of uncertainty and anxiety for students due to submit assessments. We've put together the following advice to help you during this time. Please carefully read the advice that relates to your degree type and situation.These measures apply in the 2020-2021 academic year only unless otherwise stated. 

If you have a query that’s not covered by the below guidance, please contact sed-information@qmul.ac.uk, your Advisor, Dissertation Supervisor, Module Convenor, Student Support Officer, the Student Enquiry Centre, or the Academic Advice Centre at QMSU.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Please read carefully

Yes, you should still complete your assignments as specified in the individual module area.  

Yes, “Live” presentations or performances (whether held in class or at another designated time) will take place according to the original schedule as specified in the individual module area 

 

 

The 7-day grace period allows students to submit their written assignments within 7 days (168 hours including Saturday and Sunday and any public holidays) of the original deadline without penalties or the need to submit an Extenuating Circumstances application. 

This 7-day grace period applies to all written assignments due in Semester 2 and during the Semester 2 Exam Period with deadlines falling up to and including 16th May 2021

In other words, all written assignments with deadlines that fall up to and including 16 May 2021 can be submitted up to 7 days late, without penalty.  You may, of course, submit your assessment at any point during the grace period (e.g. as a way to manage deadlines). 

 

The School of English and Drama recognises the effects of the pandemic on students’ ability to engage in assessment and appreciates that we cannot expect students to ‘carry on as usual’ in such circumstances.

Following recent staff/student meetings students fed back that the 7-day grace period introduced to cover all assignments due in January was extremely helpful. In response to students’ representations the School has extended the grace period to cover all Semester 2 assignments.  

 

 

All requests for extensions require a supporting Extenuating Circumstances claim submission via MySIS. Students reported in the staff/student forums that they would prefer not to use this system where possible.  

By contrast the 7-day grace period does not require students to complete any paperwork at all.  It is an automatic entitlement, applied equally to all students for all written assignments to which the grace period applies.  

 

The 7-day grace period applies to all written assignments with a deadline between 28 February and 16 May 2021. It only applies to modules with an ESH or DRA prefix.  Arrangements for other modules will be communicated by those Schools. 

 

 

 

The 7-day grace period does not apply to:   

  • Online Participation. Individual participation exercises should still be submitted by the normal weekly deadlines. Participation exercises are an important way for us to measure your engagement with the module, and identify which students need additional support. 
  • “Live” presentations or performances (whether held in class or at another designated time). These will take place according to the original schedule.  
  • Assignments with a submission date later than 16 May 2021.  Resit assignments or Semester 1 assignments due by the final Semester 2 deadline of 23rd May 2021 are not included in the 7-day grace period.   
  • Assignmentsfor modules without an ESH or DRA prefix.  The 7-day grace period only applies to assignments with the prefix ESH or DRA.  Arrangements for other modules will be communicated by those Schools.  

 

 

Yes. ESH6000 English Research Dissertation, ESH6199 Creative Writing Dissertation and DRA329 Written Research Project are included in the grace period and can be submitted within 7 days of the original deadline without penalty or the need to submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim.  

 

 

Submissions are only due electronically via QMPlus.  

 

 

 

 

No. As the MA Dissertation deadline falls on 1st September 2021 it is not covered by the current 7-day grace period.  

 

 

 

For a list of Semester 2 assignments with a grace period in SED please visit this page.   

 

 

 

 

Yes, but only in particular circumstances You can replace your assignment on QMplus up to 7 days (or 168 hours) after the original deadline without needing to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Late Work application. 

Please take care, though: any replacement submission you make more than 7 days after the original deadline will mean that the assignment is considered late (even if you had originally made an on-time submission).  

 

 

Only if your assignment is more than 7 days (or 168 hours) late. In light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the current grace period means that the School of English and Drama will not apply Late Work Penalties to any assignment submitted within one week (7 days, or 168 hours) of the original deadline. You do not need to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Late Submission claim for any written assignment submitted less than one week late.

This 7-day grace period applies to all written assignments due in Semester 2 and during the Semester 2 Exam Period with deadlines falling up to and including 16th May 2021.

If you submit an assignment more than 7 days after the original deadline,you should follow the School’s existing processes relating to late work and submit an Extenuating Circumstances Late Submission claim via MySIS.  The latest date by which you can submit a late assignment that is due in Semester 2 or in the Exam Period is 23rd May 2021 at 11:30 p.m.  

23rd May 2021 at 11.30 p.m. is also the deadline to submit any Extenuating Circumstances claims to cover late submissions for assignments due in Semester 2 or in the Exam Period. 

 

 

 

The grace period applies to assignments with deadlines up to and including 16th May 2021 only. 

The deadline for you to submit your outstanding assignments remains 23rd May 2021 at 11.30 p.m.  

 

 

 

You should continue to declare extenuating circumstances that affected you by submitting an Extenuating Circumstances claim via the official route on MySIS by the appropriate deadline.

Please note however, that in addition to the usual grounds for extenuating circumstances, the definition of an extenuating circumstance has been temporarily expanded to recognise the effects of the pandemic on students’ ability to engage in assessment. Typically, an Extenuating Circumstance relates to a circumstance which is both ‘unforeseen and beyond a student’s control’. This year, students will also be able to submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim for circumstances outside their control arising from the long-term effects of the pandemic.

The categories of Extenuating Circumstances have been expanded for 2020/21 to ensure that sufficient account is taken of caring responsibilities, suitable study environments, and access to the necessary hardware/software so that these will now be accepted as Extenuating Circumstances

Additionally, you can self-certify for assessments during the current situation. This means you don't need to supply any supporting evidence for an extenuating circumstance claim to be accepted (but you must still submit the claim itself, in the usual way).There will now be no limit on the number of occasions on which a student can submit an EC claim for consideration without evidence. 

 

There are two main reasons that students in the School of English and Drama apply for Extenuating Circumstances: (1) to explain the reasons for a late submission (where that is not covered by the grace period provision explained elsewhere); (2) to explain the non-submission of coursework (or non-attendance at a practice-based or presentation assignment).

(1) If your EC claim for late submission is accepted, any late penalties for the affected assignment(s) covered by the claim will be waived. 

(2) If your EC claim for non-submission or non-attendance is accepted, you may be given a further attempt to submit/complete your outstanding assessment at the next opportunity – which in most cases is in the Late Summer Resit period in August.

Please note that for finalists having Late Summer Resits could mean a delay to their graduation, so instead of being classified in July they will receive their degree in late September the earliest. 

The core principle behind the extenuating circumstances policy is the 'fit to sit' rule. By taking an assessment (submitting an assignment or taking an exam), you declare yourself fit to take it; any claim for Extenuating Circumstances relating to that assessment will not be considered, and the assessment will be marked.  

If you are not in a fit state to attempt an assessment, you should not do so. You should submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim form explaining the circumstances that affected you. If your claim is accepted, you will be allowed to submit the assessment by the next deadline provided by the School.

The deadline to submit an End of Year Extenuating Circumstances claim is 23rd May 2021 at 11.30 p.m.  

 

 

 

 

Not necessarily. You can either submit a ‘Standard Claim’ – where you provide evidence (e.g. a doctor’s note) to support your claim or a ‘Self-Certification’ – where you provide details of the extenuating circumstances without the provision of additional evidence. This academic year there isno limit on the number of occasions on which a student can submit a Self-Certification EC claim for consideration without evidence (N.B., this is not the same as automatic approval).

If you do have evidence to hand you can submit this if you wish but it is not a requirement and will not influence the outcome.  

 

 

 

 

Yes. You can put in extenuating circumstances claims for non-medical issues relating to the pandemic. Students can put in extenuating circumstances claims for domestic issues relating to Covid-19 including issues such as cramped living conditions and caring responsibilities, IT problems, as well as issues arising from employment and general anxiety.

It is important to remember that extenuating circumstances claims cannot result in increased assessment marks, they can only be used to request a ‘first sit’ at an assessment or to request to submit the assessment by the next deadline provided by the School. 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a handy tool on QMplus that helps you identify the submission you need to make based on your own personal circumstances here.

If you are still need help please contact your Advisor or email sed-studentsupport@qmul.ac.uk for advice.  

 

The School of English and Drama is committed to ensuring that no student is disadvantaged in their assessment outcomes as a consequence of the current pandemic. Members of staff in the School have been instructed to mark your work on the basis of the teaching you have received and the resources that you’ve been able to access, and asked to adjust their expectations as necessary when awarding a mark. This is to ensure fair rather than lenient marking.

Your mark for participation (where this applies to a module you are taking) will be generated on the basis of the teaching you have received. Your teachers will grade your participation sympathetically, especially in cases where you may have had online access difficulties.

In advance of the Subject Examination Boards in English and Drama that confirm your final marks for the year, the School will take extra measures to review student achievement and progression in order to ensure that all students are being treated equally and sympathetically.This includes benchmarking marks runs against previous years (excluding 2019/20) at programme, module and seminar group level. 

There is no new ‘No Detriment’ policy in place for the 2020/21 academic year but the School of English and Drama has made adjustments to marking processes, revised the Extenuating Circumstances policy, and introduced a 7-day grace period for all written assignments due from 4 January 2021 to 16 May 2021 inclusive.

Please note that the 2019/20 ‘No Detriment’ policy is still applicable. This means that the lowest 30 credits achieved for 2019/20 modules will be automatically discounted when calculating the 2019/20 year average. When students complete their studies, their final mark will be calculated both including and excluding 2019-20, and the student will receive the higher of those two marks.

For a student in first year in 2019/20, this would mean calculating their final mark based on a weighting of 1:3:6 and of 0:3:6, and taking the better of the two outcomes. For a student in second year in 2019/20, this would mean calculating their final mark based on a weight of 1:3:6 and of 1:0:6, and taking the better of the two outcomes. For students who were in their final year in 2019/20 the final mark (or College Mark) will be calculated based on a weight of 1:3:6, but students will be classifiable if they pass a minimum 270 credits including a minimum 30 credits at or above Level 6 and achieve a minimum College Mark of 40.0. 

Progression from Year One to Year Two

In order to progress from year one to year two, you must take 120 credits and pass a total of 90 credits in your first year, and maintain an average mark of 40.0 or higher calculated across all credits taken to date.  IMPORTANT: if after resits you fail more than 30 credits in the first year, irrespective of maintaining an average mark of 40, you will not be able to progress.

Progression from Year Two to Final Year

In order to progress from year two to your final year, you must take 120 credits in your second year, and pass a total of 195 credits from your first and second years, including a minimum of 90 credits at level 5 and maintain an average mark of 40.0 or higher calculated across all credits taken to date. IMPORTANT: if after resits you fail more than 30 credits in the second year, irrespective of passing 195 credits or maintaining an average mark of 40, you will not be able to progress.

PLEASE NOTE:

In 2020/21 there is no automatic progression and it is NOT possible for students to progress to their next year of study (year one to year two, or year two to final year) if they have not met the requirements to do so. This is part of QMUL's academic regulations and is non-negotiable.

Students not meeting the progression requirements by the end of the academic year (August 2021) may be able to complete their current developmental year ‘Out of Attendance’ in 2021/22 and hopefully progress to their next developmental year to be in attendance in 2022/23.

Finalists in attendance in 2020/21 must:  

  1. take 360 credits (120 per developmental year), including a minimum 90 credits at each of levels 4, 5 and 6, and a maximum 150 credits at levels 3-4 (of which a maximum 30 may be at level 3); and,   
  2. pass a minimum 315 credits, including at least 90 at level 6 or higher and excluding any at level 3; and,   
  3. achieve a Classification Mark of 40.0 or higher.   

The classification calculation will use the best 90 credits achieved in 2019/20 modules (=Level 5 modules). The final mark will be calculated based on a weight of 1:3:6 and of 1:0:6, and taking the better of the two outcomes. 

Finalists resitting out of attendance in 2020/21 must:  

Take 360 credits and pass a minimum 270 credits including a minimum 30 at or above level 6. Achieve a minimum College Mark of 40.0.  

Classification will be calculated using the best 90 credits achieved in 2019/20 modules (=Level 6 modules). The final mark will be calculated based on a weight of 1:3:6.  

There are designated Resit tutors within School. Please do contact them for help with your assignments:

You can book an appointment with the Writing Support Tutor in Drama here.

You can book an appointment with one of the Writing Support Tutors in English here and here.

You can also contact your advisor or sed-studentsupport@qmul.ac.uk for help and advice.    

 

In-year provisional results will be emailed to students by Registry during the afternoon of Monday 8 March 2021.  

 

Students will be formally notified of Semester 2 results and degree outcomes on Thursday 15th July 2021.