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Information about our no detriment policy - 2019/20

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  • Written byCommunications Team
  • Published date27 May 2020
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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we have introduced a range of academic measures to ensure you are not academically disadvantaged in the results and awards you achieve this term (Summer 2020).

One measure we’ve introduced is a 'no detriment grade’ for second and third year undergraduates as well as postgraduate summer term units (academic year 2019/20) which contribute towards award classifications.

Progression and Award Boards will be presented with 2 grades for every student – the marked grade and a ‘no detriment grade’. We will award the higher of the 2 marks as long as your submission is of a pass standard.

If you have any questions about your course and assessment you should contact your course team. Visit our coronavirus hub for more information and guidance.


No detriment grade calculation

You will have a no detriment grade calculated for you based on your own past performance. The grade can only be applied for passed units i.e. D- and above.

The grade will be an average based on your performance prior to the outbreak of coronavirus. Only completed units, which had assessment deadlines by the end of the spring term (13 March 2020), will be used for this calculation:

Second year BA/BSc (level 5)

Average mark of level 5 units completed by the end of the spring term.

Final year BA/BSc (level 6)

Average mark of level 5 and level 6 units completed by the end of the spring term plus an additional 0.5 increment.

Graduate Diploma

Average mark of level 6 units completed by the end of the spring term plus an additional 0.5 of an increment.

Masters courses completing in summer term (level 7 PGT)

Average mark of level 7 units completed by the end of the spring term plus an additional 1 increment.


Extenuating circumstances (EC)

An increment for validated ECs would be applied to the original grade for the assessment submitted. If the grade is lower after the additional increment, the no detriment grade would be applied.


Referral / resit

If a you failed a pre-coronavirus completed unit (by 13 March 2020), the referral (resit) would be capped at a D-.

Where academic misconduct has taken place the referral would also be capped at D-.

Incomplete Unit Regulation

Failed a referral or a deferral submitted in the summer term for a unit completed by 13 March 2020

Units completed by 13 March 2020 are not eligible for consideration under the Incomplete Unit Regulation.

Failed a referral or a deferral for a unit which was delivered in the summer term

Units delivered in the summer term 2020 are eligible to be considered under the Incomplete Unit Regulation.

Evidence required to support the award of a higher grade than the no detriment grade under the Incomplete Unit regulation

Your course teams could provide evidence of formative assessment to illustrate the projected higher performance of a student.