This article provides information on reasonable adjustments that can be made to reduce any potential impacts that a student’s disability may have upon their examinations and assessment.
Principals of University-level teaching and assessment
The University’s teaching is aimed at introducing and developing generic learning skills alongside the specific subject matter to which these skills can be applied – i.e. ‘how to think and where to look things up’. The fundamental purpose is to provide you with independent learning skills that can be used for lifelong learning and the workplace.
The assessment process is intended to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate the extent to which these skills and the associated subject-specific knowledge have been acquired.
Reasonable adjustments are therefore intended to minimise, as far as is reasonably possible, any adverse impacts a disability or disabilities might have on your capacity to access the teaching and assessment processes. Typical examples would include:
Reasonable adjustments do not apply to the outcomes of these processes – i.e. whether you have achieved the relevant academic/competency standards and successfully demonstrated this relevant assessment. For instance:
In exceptional cases, where a student’s disability restricts their ability complete their studies within the standard time-frame, the University will explore options for structural adjustment to the course delivery and assessment. This may include options such as a reduced pace of study or alternative methods of assessment. In these cases such adjustments will be approved in advance.
[*] Although disability generally is not covered by the University’s Extenuating Circumstances (EC) framework, if you do experience an unforeseen worsening of your condition that affects your ability to complete work on time or to sit an assessment then you will be eligible for consideration under EC rules.
Extenuating Circumstances are short-term circumstances that must relate to unforeseen health and/or personal circumstances that are sufficiently serious to have prevented you from completing or submitting coursework or an exam on time.
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