Cardiff Law School Changes to Assessment: A Call for Positive rather than Negative Action.

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We are appealing Cardiff University Law School’s recent decision to take negative action in removing topics from exam papers.

Understandably, the strike action has affected students in their preparation for their exams, however, we believe that negative action, in removing questions and topic choices will have the converse effect to that which it is intended to achieve, further disadvantaging students already affected by the strikes.

It is to this end that we advocate a positive approach to the action taken, as opposed to one that is negative. Instead of removing questions, disadvantaging those students that would have chosen them and that understood them, even in the circumstances. It should surely not be for the School to decide whether or not a student can choose to write on a topic that was in the original syllabus and to which some teaching, albeit in part, was provided.

We fully appreciate the difficulty in altering this approach now, but we urge you to do so, in support of us, as students, as we supported you, as professional academics, in your industrial strike action.

For the avoidance of doubt, the reference to a positive approach would be one where greater freedom to choose topics would have been afforded to us as students instead, perhaps by removing the rigidity of question sections or providing a larger number of question choices available in each; such an approach would undoubtedly have been advocated by students, if they were consulted on the issue in the form of open discourse, prior to the school taking this action.

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