Review of results policy and procedures

1. Reviewing failed assessments
2. Reviewing passed assessments
3. Procedure and time limits for review of results:

3.1 Final examinations
3.2 Non-examination assessments

1. Reviewing failed assessments

All failed assessments (including examinations) worth 30% or more of the total mark for a unit will be automatically reviewed before the result is released to a student. Students are strongly encouraged to view their failed examination papers and discuss failed assessment items with their Unit Coordinators. The meeting is not generally for the purpose of a remark but rather to review unit content.

2. Reviewing passed assessments

Review of passed assessment items (including examination papers) is at the discretion of individual Unit Coordinators.

3. Procedure and time limits for review of results

3.1 Final examinations

  • Examination script books are routinely destroyed six months after publication of results. 
  • Students must arrange an appointment with the Unit Coordinator to view their examination paper within six months of results publication, but preferably earlier.
  • The Unit Coordinator will respond to the student's request to view the examination paper within one week of the request, and the review meeting will be held with the student within one month of the student's initial request. If the Unit Coordinator is unavailable, an alternate Unit Coordinator will be nominated to meet with the student. 
    • If a notable error is found by the Unit Coordinator in the assessment of the student work, the Unit Coordinator will complete a post-Board of Examiners Result Amendment form to amend the result, which is confirmed by the Head of Department. The student will be notified by email and this result amendment will be reported at the next Board of Examiners meeting.
    • If no error is found by the Unit Coordinator but the student is unsatisfied with their result, the student may apply for a review of the assessment on the grounds that there has been a notable error in marking or in recording the mark.
      • The student must apply in writing to the Chair of the Board of Examiners via the Academic and Student Services Manager, specifying and demonstrating the error.
      • The application must be lodged no later than twelve weeks after the release of the mark.
      • The Chair will within 21 days of the application determine if there has been an error in marking or recording and may consult the Unit Coordinator or another examiner.
        • If the Chair determines that there has been an error in recording the mark, the Chair will amend the result to correct the error.
          If the Chair finds that there may be an error in marking, the Chair will arrange for the assessment to be reviewed or remarked by another examiner in respect of the error.
      • The examiner will review or remark some or all of the piece of assessment as instructed by the Chair and will make a recommendation to the Chair as to whether the mark for the piece of assessment should be altered.
      • In all circumstances, where a student's work is remarked because of an error, the last mark must stand, even if it is a fail mark.
      • Where the Chair receives a recommendation from an examiner, the Chair will make a decision to alter or not to alter the mark, taking into account advice from the Unit Coordinator as to any general adjustments to marks for the unit assessment made as part of the moderation process, or in accordance with faculty mark or grade distribution guidelines.
      • A decision of the Chair under the preceding paragraph is final.
      • Where the Chair decides to alter a mark under these procedures, the Chair must complete a post-Board of Examiners Result Amendment form, notify the student, and make a report to the Board of Examiners at its next meeting.

3.2 Non-examination assessments

  • Students have a two week period from the release of result for an individual assessment item, during which they must raise any queries about their mark directly with the Unit Coordinator.
  • If any error is found by the Unit Coordinator in the assessment of the student work, the result will be amended.
  • If the student is unsatisfied with their result and the assessment is worth 30% or more of the total unit mark, the student may apply for a review of the assessment on the grounds that there has been a notable error in marking or in recording the mark.
    • The student must apply in writing to the Course Education Team* via the Academic and Student Services Manager, specifying and demonstrating the error. This must be submitted within two weeks of discussing the issue with the Unit Coordinator.
    • If the Course Education Team determines that there has been an error in recording the mark, they will advise the Unit Coordinator to amend the result to correct the error.
    • If the Course Education Team finds that there may be an error in marking, the Chair will arrange for the assessment to be reviewed or remarked by another (alternate) examiner in respect of the error.
    • The alternate examiner will review or remark some or all of the piece of assessment as instructed by the Course Education Team and will make a recommendation as to whether the mark for the piece of assessment should be altered.
    • In all circumstances, where a student's work is remarked because of an error, the last mark must stand, even if it is a fail mark.
    • Once the Course Education Team receives the recommendation from the alternate examiner, they will make a decision to alter or not to alter the mark, and notify the student and Unit Coordinator of the decision. This decision will be recorded in the Education Team minutes.
    • A decision of the Course Education Team under the preceding paragraph is final.

*Note: the Faculty has three course education teams. For undergraduate courses, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. For postgraduate courses, the PSPDU committee.