Coronavirus

City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest information for students and staff

Last updated: 07 Jan 2021 11:52am

Before

We know that taking examinations can be very stressful, especially during this unprecedented time, and we want to ensure that you are aware of the support available to you as you prepare for them. There are teams on hand to help you plan your revision, develop your examination technique and manage any stress or anxiety you may experience.

Prepare, plan and succeed

Information about the exam timetable, revision and how to prepare.

The timetable

Please make sure you check the timetable carefully and regularly before your examination(s).

Find out more about the exam timetable.

Revision and preparing for exams

You can find helpful information and advice on how to revise online. Here are some sites which you might find helpful:

Covid-19 and Remote Exams

With the current situation regarding Coronavirus, the vast majority of exams will now be taking place online. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that your internet connection is working, and that you have appropriate access to Moodle. It’s vital to check these things prior to the exam so that your examination experience can be as smooth as possible. Where there are any issues, please contact your Course Officer and/or IT so that they can resolve problems as soon as possible.

Past papers

Your programme may make past examination papers available to help you prepare. Policy on this differs across the University so make sure to contact your Course Office if you have any questions or difficulties accessing them.

Academic Learning Support

The Academic Learning Support team has a number of services which can help you improve your study skills. They offer a range of support including one-to-one sessions, downloadable study guides, study skills tutorials and academic skills workshops. Have a look at their webpage to find out more.

Wellbeing

It’s important to keep fit and well during revision and throughout your exams. There are several services offering support to ensure you have the best opportunity to succeed in your exams.

Anxiety support

The Student Counselling and Mental Health Service is comprised of two teams offering confidential psychological and practical support to enable you to manage your wellbeing and academic studies, and get the most out of your time at university.

Study Well campaign

The Students’ Union work with the University to organise a wide range of activities and support over the exams period for their ‘Study Well’ campaign.

Exam adjustments

You may have a condition, illness or disability where it’s appropriate to put exam adjustments in place to ensure you have an equal opportunity in your exams. Find out more on our Exam Adjustments page.

Extenuating Circumstances

City defines extenuating circumstances (ECs) as circumstances which are unforeseen and outside your control and which can be shown to have had a direct and substantial impact on your academic results. This may include an impact: on capacity to study prior to an assessment, on ability to complete an assessment, and/or on performance during an assessment.

Examples of the types of extenuating circumstances that might be accepted include ill-health, bereavement, or other personal issues which were unexpected, out of your control and may have affected preparation for an assessment or performance during the assessment itself. When applying for Extenuating Circumstances, evidence must be submitted to your School within seven days of the affected examination.

Illness before or during your exam

If you fall ill during your examination, please raise your hand and an invigilator will attend to you. For exams taken remotely, please contact your Course Officer immediately where they will be able to offer you assistance.

Whether you fall ill before or during your exam(s) you will need to apply for Extenuating Circumstances. As part of this you are required to submit evidence to your School as soon as possible, and not more than seven days after the date of your first affected examination. For more information about this, please contact your Course Officer.

Examinations Regulations

At City, it is essential that examinations are fair and all candidates have an equal opportunity to perform at their best. For this reason, examinations offences are taken extremely seriously and we are here to make sure you understand the Exams Regulations before taking your assessments.

City examinations are run in accordance with Senate Regulation 11: Conduct of Examinations. It is important to familiarise yourself with this as City exams may have different regulations from your previous examination experiences.

Failure to abide by Senate Regulation 11: Conduct of Examinations will constitute an examination offence and may be dealt with in accordance with section 5.7 of Senate Regulation 19: Assessment Regulations; Academic Misconduct. A candidate may be liable to disciplinary proceedings for irregular conduct relating to an examination including (but not limited to):

  1. consulting or having access to unauthorised material such as books, electronic devices, and notes during an examination unless their use is authorised for the particular examination;
  2. aiding or attempting to aid another candidate during an examination;
  3. obtaining or attempting to obtain aid from another candidate during an examination;
  4. attempting to read the work of another candidate;
  5. the removal of examination stationary from the examination room (exam papers may only be removed if authorisation is given by the head invigilator);
  6. indiscipline or causing a disturbance during an examination;
  7. plagiarism;
  8. impersonation;
  9. any deed (verbal or physical) deemed inappropriate or considered as an examination offence by an invigilator.