Evening Examinations Policy
This Union notes that:
- Over the past few years, particularly in the semester one examination period, exams have started being scheduled in the evenings, from 5.30pm, and at remote campuses;
- When we moved from terms to semesters the aim was to reduce the number of modules assessed by examination in semester one;
- The lack of progress towards this ambition has now meant a short examination period unable to cope without scheduling exams in the evenings and at weekends.
This Union believes that examinations in the evening are:
- Undesirable in principle;
- More likely to disadvantage under-represented groups, including part time students with caring commitments, older students for whom the end of a long day is not conducive to performing at one's best, especially where it affects one's degree classification and students who would normally work when they are not scheduled for lectures.
This Union resolves to:
- Conduct a survey of those affected by evening examinations to find out whether they are happy with the practice;
- Encourage the University to take steps to reduce, as was intended, the semester one examination load so that evening slots are no longer required;
- Encourage those who believe their performance may be compromised by late exams to apply for medical grounds mitigating circumstances to allow them to sit them at some other time/location;
- Ensure that is examinations are to continue to be held at such times and especially at remote campuses, transport before and after the examinations is sufficient to cope without leaving people waiting for some considerable time.
Proposed by: Jock Coats
Ratified by Trustee Board on: 12 December 2013
Expires on: 12 December 2016