Friday, June 09, 2006

Announcement guarantee to students on assessment, pregression and graduation

I am sorry to have to inform you that discussions between UCEA (the UK Higher Education employers' organization) and the AUT have not yet resolved the issues that have led to widespread "action short of a strike" across the higher education sector.

The main effect of this action, should it continue for much longer, will be to threaten the normal conduct of examinations in UK universities.

We have been working hard to put in place arrangements to ensure that our students are not disadvantaged by this industrial action, and I am now in a position to assure you that The University of Manchester is giving all its students a guarantee that in 2006:

An examinations process will be conducted and examination results will be determined and published in sufficient time to allow successful students to progress to the next stage of their studies and, for final year students, to receive their degree results in time for graduation in July 2006.
Many examinations will take place as normal, but where this is not possible, the University will do everything it can to maintain the scholarly integrity of assessment and the comparability of results in 2006 with those in previous years.

It is therefore vitally important that you:
  • continue to revise and prepare for your examinations;
  • meet deadlines for the submission of coursework; and
  • attend all examinations at the advertised time and location.
Students will be kept informed of developments in relation to the dispute through further communications.

I still hope for an early resolution of the dispute.

Alan Gilbert
President and Vice-Chancellor

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