Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre
Examinations and Assessment Procedures
The University's assessment procedures have been developed to avoid, as far as possible, placing you at a disadvantage. Where appropriate and where possible, further specific provision will be made to ensure that you are given every reasonable opportunity, fairly, to demonstrate your abilities. The necessary procedures are managed by ASDAC who have responsibility for seeing that all necessary adjustments are implemented.
Adjustments apply to all processes associated with both examinations and in-class tests and can include extra time, special seating arrangements, the provision of separate rooms, word processing facilities, amanuensis, rest breaks, hand-held spell checkers and alternative methods of assessment (See Extract from Examination and Assessment Regulations). However, they do not apply to the outcomes of the assessments themselves.
Study skills support for examination and coursework is also provided, with the emphasis on enabling you to address the assessment challenge yourself rather than doing parts of it for you. Thus, for example, techniques for effective proofreading using assistive software are provided, but proofreading itself is not offered as a support service.
In general, our intention is to put support arrangements in place, make 'reasonable adjustments' to the assessment processes (such as additional time in examinations or alternative but equivalent methods of assessment) and then mark all students equally based on the academic standards of the course. This will encourage you to develop personal coping strategies instead of providing ‘sympathetic’ marking and deadline arrangements, which could mislead you and your potential employer as to the integrity of your achievements and also compromise academic standards generally. For more specific information on our approach to assessment adjustments see "What are the main differences between school/college and University support arrangements?" in the Advice and Support section.
In all cases, evidence of disability will be required before any adjustments can be granted. In most cases a doctor's or consultant's letter confirming the presence of the disability and the nature of the difficulties it causes will be sufficient. See Guidance on Evidence Letters.
However in the case of students with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia) a Post-aged sixteen assessment by an appropriately qualified professional will be required. ASDAC may be able to arrange such an assessment at pre-arranged times but please bear in mind that it takes several weeks to arrange an appointment, so disclosure of your needs at the earliest possible opportunity is essential.