Undergraduate Education Safeguard

Recognition of the impact of the pandemic on students  

The development of the pandemic in the 2020/21 academic year has had a real and significant impact on our students’ ability to engage with their studies effectively. Unlike 2019/20, the pandemic has affected the whole academic year in 2020/21 and students have faced challenges and difficulties through multiple national lockdowns, with stricter lockdown conditions being imposed as new variants of the virus have emerged. All of this means there are real concerns about how well our students may be able to perform in assessments during 2020/21. 

Our 2021 Undergraduate Education Safeguard provides recognition of and mitigation for the impact of the pandemic. Although our teaching and assessments were designed to be successfully delivered online and studied remotely, we have established the Education Safeguard to ensure assessment remains fair and equitable. It has been designed to provide support for students at the individual and cohort levels, to mitigate for the different ways the pandemic has impacted on our students’ studies while maintaining the academic standards of our degrees. 

The Education Safeguard enables us to take action to ensure that the overall grade profile for this year’s graduating class will be as strong as the outcomes in previous years, protecting degree classifications and ensuring that the award you receive remains consistent with national standards and remains valued. 

Does the Education Safeguard apply to all undergraduate programmes?   

The Education Safeguard applies to undergraduate programmes, including integrated Masters programmes, in all cases where the requirements of external Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) allow. It is not possible for us to apply the Education Safeguard in full to all our undergraduate courses because of these restrictions.  

The programmes where we are unable to apply the Education Safeguard due to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements are listed below: 

  • Leicester Medical School (MBChB and Medicine with Foundation Year)
  • School of Allied Health Professions (Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy including with Foundation Year, Operating Department Practice)

Your School will inform you of any aspects of the Education Safeguard that may not apply to your programme.  

A version of the Education Safeguard for postgraduate students on taught courses is in development and details on this will follow.  

Clarification of terminology 

The Education Safeguard is the University of Leicester’s version of a “no detriment” or “safety net” policy. In common with most other universities, our policy for 2020/21 is necessarily different to the “safety net” policies introduced in summer 2020, which were a set of short-term, emergency measures to address the immediate situation caused by initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Education Safeguard represents a broader range of measures implemented since summer 2020 to support our students at both the individual and cohort levels.