Implement a policy of ‘no detriment’ for the 2020 UCL cohort

Implement a policy of ‘no detriment’ for the 2020 UCL cohort

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Alex Di Pasquale started this petition to University College London

We would like to ask UCL to consider a policy of no detriment with regards to this examination. 

The policy of no detriment has been adopted by a number of other leading universities, such as University of Edinburgh, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. These universities have been told that the university will not ignore the extraordinary circumstances that we are currently in and that everything they are doing is about making things as calm, clear and supportive as possible. We appreciate everything that has been done by UCL to date and recognise the challenges faced by staff at this difficult time. We understand that this circumstance is out of your control, but we ask you to recognise that this uncertainty is highly disruptive and stressful for final year students for a number of reasons:


1) The circumstances we face are extremely rare, not only because of the lack of university teaching but also because many of us have had to leave London and move home. Here studying conditions are less than ideal due to many people having to work from home in the same household as well as issues with technology; majorly disrupting our performance ability in our final term of university. Some of us will be affected by the virus personally, physically and/or mentally, and it is also likely that we will have family and friends affected, potentially losing people close to us. In a secondary way, some of us will also be impacted by the effects of the virus by losing graduate jobs creating further anxiety and uncertainty, all at a detriment to our performance. We understand that there are extenuating circumstances extensions available to us but not all of these issues will be covered by this, nor do we know how long these circumstances will last so they cannot act sufficiently as a replacement for a detriment in our performance as they would under the usual term time scenario. We appreciate that you have tried to mitigate the circumstances as best you can and recognise that you have tried to pre-empt assessment challenges and apply adjustments in advance.

2) We have missed vital lectures due to strikes and the current global pandemic. We also have limited access to learning material as we cannot access libraries and online material can be useful but in this way it is more limited and technology issues can also present themselves. We understand that steps have been taken to mitigate this by uploading slides to moodle, as before when lectures have been missed by strikes. Alone this may have been considered sufficient, despite the fact that online slides are not of the same teaching quality as in-person lectures, but given the number of other issues we are facing in the current climate, all of these small factors contribute to the detriment to our overall ability to feel sufficiently prepared for the final assessments

A policy of no detriment would still require us to sit and pass the assessments/ modules but it would mean that they cannot make your overall mark for the year go down. It can make your grade go up but it would have no negative impact, acting as a safety net. As mentioned above many Russel Group universities have already announced this policy. 

We therefore ask you to consider our request carefully as we believe this is a fair  mitigation strategy under the current extraordinary circumstances. We would like our grades to accurately reflect all of our hard work and commitment to date across the three years and also would like to be put on a level playing field with other leading institutions in the graduate job market in terms of achieving the grades we deserve, especially as the job market will be increasingly uncertain and competitive. 

 

 

 

 

 

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