No-detriment policy for University of Birmingham

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We are calling for the University of Birmingham to follow in the footsteps of other top UK universities, such as Exeter, Imperial, Southampton and Edinburgh, and implement a no-detriment policy for end of year exams and further assessments that may still be required. This past year of our university education has been heavily impacted by strikes and now COVID-19, meaning that we have had severely limited access to teaching and resources.  

This petition is asking the University of Birmingham to take into account these extraordinary and unprecedented conditions, with the introduction of a no-detriment policy. Many students will be struggling to study in an environment that will not allow them to demonstrate their full potential, as well as being negatively impacted by mental or physical illness during this terrifying time.

This no-detriment policy would mean that the students who have to take part in further assessments or exams can do so without the fear that these will negatively impact the grades we have worked so hard towards during our time at university. This would mean that as long as students obtain the pass mark of 40 in further assessments, their average will remain the same as, or higher than, the average already attained. If students achieve higher than their current average in further assessments, then they can still raise their final mark.

To account for those who get less than 40 in assessments set before but due after this period started they should be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the work later in the year and graduate in winter if they so wish. The opportunity to do this has not been explicitly stated by the University yet.

Here are the articles explaining this policy in more detail from Exeter University and Edinburgh University:

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