Examples of the application of the Safeguard

Some elements of the Safeguard apply to all students, such as uncapped re-sits and expanded self-certification for mitigating circumstances (where PSRB requirements allow). Other elements of the Safeguard depend on the stage you have reached in your studies. This is because a student who started a course in September 2020 may be affected in a different way from a student who has been studying a distance learning course since 2019. 

In addition to the automatic measures set out above the University will also make allowances for the impact of the pandemic at the point that your degree is awarded and classified. The measures that will apply will depend on when you started your studies and therefore how far through your programme you are. 

The measures that the University will take fall into three main categories:

  1. Reduction in the credit weighted average across the programme that is required for the award of a Merit to 59%, and to 69% for the award of a Distinction  
  2. Reduction of the mark required in the project or dissertation to achieve a Merit award to 57% and to 67% for a Distinction 
  3. Apply the Safety Net measures from 2019/20 
Who  What  Why 
I am studying a full-time campus-based Master's course that started in September 2020.   Apply measures 1 and 2.   The whole programme has been affected by the pandemic. 
I am studying a full-time campus-based Master's course that started in January 2021.  The University will review student outcomes in the summer of 2021 and potentially apply measure 1 above (reducing the Credit Weighted Average requirement) if there is evidence that student performance has been affected.  The first semester of your studies may be affected by the pandemic, but the impact on the rest of your programme is not yet known. the University will make further allowances if the pandemic continues to impact upon learning and teaching. 
I am studying a part-time campus-based Master's course that started in 2019/20  Apply measure 3 - Safety Net for 2019/20. The Safety Net creates a benchmark for your studies and also puts in place greater allowances on progression criteria and reduced project/dissertation requirements. 
I am studying a part-time campus-based Master's course that started in 2020/21  The University will review student outcomes in the summer of 2021 and potentially apply measure 1 above (reducing the Credit Weighted Average requirement).  The first semester of your studies may be affected by the pandemic, but the impact on the rest of your programme is not yet known. The University will make further allowances if the pandemic continues to impact upon learning and teaching. 
I am studying a part-time distance learning course that started in 2020/21  Apply measure 1.  Your taught modules will be affected by the pandemic in 2020/21, but it is not possible at this stage to say whether there will be an impact on your project/dissertation. 
I am studying a part-time distance learning course that started in 2019/20 or earlier.  Apply measure 3 - Safety Net for 2019/20.  The Safety Net creates a benchmark for your studies and also puts in place greater allowances on progression criteria and reduced project/dissertation requirements. 

If you have any queries about which measures may be applied to your course, please contact your School or, for distance learning students, the Distance Learning Hub