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Safety Net Policy

We’ve had lots of questions from students about what the new ‘safety net’ policy means in practice. The full regulations and guidance can be found on the Registry website

Your final degree outcome is worked out using an algorithm. This is based on the grades achieved in 2nd and final year and the weighting of each academic year. The University has made a number of adjustments to this in light of the unprecedented and significant disruption students are facing. 

The University has confirmed that the ‘safety net’ policy will remain in place for students continuing their studies through until 2021/22 (as long as future assessments are undertaken and passed); this is to ensure that no current student is disadvantaged as a result of Covid-19.

 

Undergraduates

If you are an undergraduate student then the following may apply to you:

  • If you are currently in your first or second year then your overall degree outcome will be worked out based on your existing assessments, or your final year assessments - the better outcome will be used but not decided until your final year based on the algorithms.
  • If you are in final year then your overall degree outcome will not be lower than what your grades have been previously. 
  • You must attempt all your assessments for this to apply.

 

Postgraduates

If you’re currently on an integrated Masters then the following may apply to you:

  • If you are in the undergraduate stages of your course then your overall degree outcome will be worked out based on your existing assessments, or your final year assessments - the better outcome will be used. 
  • If you are in the Master’s year of your course then your overall degree outcome will not be lower than what your grades have been previously. 

If you are a Taught Masters student then your Course Leader will confirm the method of alternative assessment for you to undertake in order for you to complete your degree. This is because there haven’t been enough previous assessments to work out your final outcome. 

If you are a Postgraduate Researcher then you may be eligible for a short extension of four weeks. The University will continue to conduct progression monitoring and vivas online.

 

If your course is associated with a Professional Body then the University is currently talking to them to make sure they accept these new regulation. A list of these professional bodies can be found on the University website.

If you are a top-up student, or have transferred from another University then pleaes speak to your Head of Department, as the University can only make an award based on the work you have completed while studying at Huddersfield.

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.