We’ve had lots of questions from students about what the ‘safety net’ policy means in practice. University Regulations for assessment in periods of emergency, with specific relatation to Covid-19 can be found in section E2.13 of the Regulations for Awards (Taught courses)
The purpose of the safety net was to ensure that grades achieved during the disruption of Covid-19 towards the end of the 2019/20 academic year wouldn’t negatively impact a student’s overall degree classification whilst at University. This was due to the short amount of time the University had to move teaching and assessments online due to the lockdown. This academic year (2020/21) the safety net will apply in the following way to undergraduates:
Grades achieved this year (2020/21) will be part of your final overall classification. This is because the University has had time to update assessments and teaching for blended education, so your education and achievement should not be impacted.
You should try to complete any assessments set by your Course Leader, there will be opportunities to retake if you think you need it. If you ill, caring for a family member who is ill, are a key worker or are unable to access appropriate IT, you should in the first instance apply for an extension. You can also apply for Extenuating Circumstances if you think you need longer.
If you have questions about your individual circumstances, or what assessments you are required to complete please speak to your Course Leader or supervisor.