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University publishes full safety net policy

The University has published their full finalist safety net policy here, after an initial leak on Friday evening.

The University has defined two types of subjects to which the safety net applies:

Type 1: Subjects in which at least 50% of the marks contributing to the final degree award under the original assessment schedule have been banked prior to the end of Hilary Term (14 March 2020). The student’s overall result will be the higher of:  

  1. The result calculated including all assessments, or 
  1. The result calculated using only the banked assessments. 

Type 2: Subjects in which less than 50% of the marks contributing to the final degree award under the original assessment schedule have been banked prior to the end of Hilary Term. The student’s overall result will be the higher of: 

  1. The result calculated including all assessments weighted normally, or 
  1. The result calculated using an adjusted algorithm consisting of one or more of: i) double-weighting of banked assessments; ii) adjusted weighting of Trinity Term assessments; iii) discounting the lowest marks achieved in Trinity term assessments; iv) scaling of marks on particular papers; v) adjusting the class boundaries. The exact formulation should be chosen by subjects on the basis of their particular circumstances, with Divisional Offices ensuring across-Division consistency of approach. 

This policy applies to subjects where remote assessments (either open-book exams or longer pieces of assessed work) are going ahead in Trinity Term 2020. It aims to reduce the risk that students may be disadvantaged by the conditions in which they revise for and sit their exams in the exceptional circumstances of  the CV-19 pandemic. 

A ‘banked’ assessment is a piece of summative work that was completed before the end of Hilary Term – Saturday 14 March 2020. In the case of projects or dissertations where the bulk of the work was completed prior to this date but the submission deadline was after it, subjects should decide whether to treat the work as banked or not. 

The University says:

Regardless of which of the above applies, all marks will appear on the transcript, with appropriate explanatory text.