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Formal Examinations

This page provides information on formal examinations only. Please refer to Canvas module topics and teaching timetables for information relating to the arrangements for any other types of assessment, such as in-class tests and time-constrained assessment.

Examinations 2020/1 & Alternative Assessments due to COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many of the modules that would ordinarilly be assessed via examinations are moving to alternative assessments for 2020/1. Where examinations are being replaced with an alternative assessment, the new assessment will be designed to meet the same learning outcomes. The alternative assessments are designed to enable you to submit your assessment online. Details will be made available in your module CANVAS topic.

Exceptionally we may need to offer an opportunity to sit an examination for a module for practical or PSRB requirements where this remains a requirement following discussion with the PSRB. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students is the University’s top priority so these examinations will only place when it is deemed safe, following advice from Public Health England.

Exam timetables will be communicated in advance once dates are determined and published here alongside personalised timetables provided in e:Vision.

  • Queries on alternative assessments should be directed to your module leader or faculty student services
  • Any other queries relating to your course should be logged to your Faculty via the e: Vision Helpdesk


The University has a dedicated webpage:


Please ensure that you are registered for the correct modules. If you are unsure that you are correctly registered please contact your Faculty Student Services for further support. 


  • Students examined in the main period are provided with a personal exam timetable, available in e:Vision
  • Personal timetables will be available to students four weeks ahead of the main assessment period. 
  • Where exams are spread accross multiple venues, it is important that you check your personal timetable and go to the exam room you have been allocated. 
  • Failure to do this will result in disruption as venues may become over capacity. 





  • Morning exams begin promptly at 9:30am
  • Afternoon exams begin promptly at 2:00pm
  • Canvas examinations may start at alternative times, where exams are running in groups. 

You should arrive at the examination venue in good time, we recommend 15 minutes before the start of the examination.

You will be allowed into the examination room approximately 10 minutes before the start of the exam.

Exceptionally you may be able to enter the examination room up to 30 minutes after the official start time but no later than this.

If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time at the end of the examination.






  • Students who require reasonable adjustments for examinations must register Student Support and Wellbeing with in the first instance to be assessed.
  • The central exams team will contact students with registered requirements via email to confirm arrangements for exams. 
  • If you do not receive an email with your examination arrangements two weeks prior to exams starting, please email

Late or Temporary Reasonable Adjustment Arrangements

Students who require adapted arrangements after March will need to contact SSW urgently.

If a request cannot be put in place we suggest that candidates contact their Faculty Student Services and report to the exam venue as per their exam timetable on e:Vision.




All students are expected to adhere to the Examination Regulations for Students 

Exam regulations should be read in conjunction with the Fit to Sit and Extenuating Circumstances policy, and any other policy relating to individual conduct. 

By entering an examination you are declaring you are fit to sit the assessment and any claim for extenuating circumstances will become in-valid. 



Double check the date, venue and start time of your examination.

Access your exam timetable regularly via e:Vision to ensure that you are looking at the most up to date information as the timetable is subject to change.

Make sure you know the venue, day and the start time of your exam.

Morning exams begin promptly at 9.30am, afternoon sessions begin promptly at 2.00pm.

You should arrive at the examination venue in good time, we recommend 15 minutes before the start of the examination.  You will be allowed into the examination room approximately 10 minutes before the start of the exam.  Exceptionally you may be able to enter the examination room up to 30 minutes after the official start time but no later than this.

If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time at the end of the examination.

  • If you have been granted adjustments for your examination, you will not be seated in the main exam venue. 
  • You will be sent an email detailing your arrangements and the room(s) that you must go to for each of your exams. 
  • If you have not received your adjustments two weeks in advance of the exam period commencing, please contact urgently
  • If you have reasonable adjustments and do not wish to use them, you must notify in order to be re-allocated to a main venue.
    If you do not do this there is no guarentee there will be sufficient space in the main venue to accomodate you. 
    Students who are granted adjustments will forfit all adjustments by choosing to attend a main exam venue. 
  • You must bring your current University ID card to each examination. If you do not have your current University ID card, please bring another form of photographic identification with you, such as a passport or driving licence.
  • You will be required to have your identification checked. If you arrive at the examinations room wearing anything that covers your face and/or ears then you will be asked to remove the item to be fully identified by the invigilator prior to the start of the examination. If requested, you can be taken to a different room so this check can take place.
  • Failure to be fully identified may result in you not being allowed to undertake the examination and to be referred to the Conduct and Appeals Unit.
  • You are allowed to take a small bottle of water into the examination room. Please remove the label before entering the examination room.
  • Please ensure that you bring a selection of pens, pencils (you should not bring pencil cases unless they are clear plastic).
  • Calculators - as specified by the Module Leader. 
  • Students taking ‘open book’ examinations may only use books, notes etc. as specified by the Module Leader.




  • You must not have revision notes with you, at your desk or on or about your person.*Students taking ‘open book’ examinations may only use books, notes etc. as specified by the Module Leader
  • You must not place anything (e.g. pencil case or glasses case) on your desk that may be used to contain or hide revision notes.
  • You must not bring any blank paper  to make rough notes.
  • Dictionaries - University policy does not permit the use of any dictionary in any examination.

You are not allowed to have on or about your person: pagers, mobile phones, electronic organisers, programmable calculators, watches, including smart watches, dictionaries, fitness Bands/ personal stereos/MP3 players etc.  If there is a justifiable reason for you to bring your mobile telephone with you, the telephone needs to be switched off (NOT on silent) and placed within the clea plastic bag situated on the desk.  

Do not bring any valuable items into the examination room. Although you will be able to deposit your belongings in the room where you are taking your examination, this will be in an unsecured area.  The University accepts no liability whatsoever for the loss of or damage to the personal property of any student whilst on University premises, so you are advised to leave valuable items at home.  The invigilator may inspect anything that you have with you at your desk.



  • All bags, coats and any valuables should be placed in the designated area, as instructed by the invigilators.  
  • You must place your Student ID on the corner of the desk for Invigilators to check and record your attendance.
  • Strict silence must be observed at all times in examination rooms. 
  • During the examination you must not behave in any way which may disturb other candidates. Students causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the room.
  • You may not read your question paper or start writing until given permission to do so.

Some examinations stipulate a period of ‘reading time’ in the examination and in some examinations, you will be able to make notes during this time. The invigilator will confirm this with you at the beginning of the examination.

Read the instructions on the examination paper and if you believe that there is an error, please raise your hand to attract the attention of an invigilator. A member of the module team will normally be available at the beginning of the examination to address any problems with the examination paper.

During the examination do not speak to or communicate in any way with anyone except the invigilator. Do not use any unfair means to obtain information which would help you complete the examination. Where an invigilator suspects you of academic misconduct, they will ask you to leave the room to alert you to this fact. You will be allowed to return to the examination room and continue with your examination if you wish to do so, however, no additional time will be added at the end of the examination to accommodate for the interruption. The invigilator will draw a line under your work at the time of suspicion and confiscate any items that may be contributing to your academic misconduct. At the end of the examination the matter will be referred to the Conduct and Appeals Unit for further investigation.

Toilet Breaks

If you need to go to the toilet during the examination, please raise your hand to alert an invigilator. An invigilator will escort you and will note the time both of you left the examination room and then the time you both returned, and this will be recorded on the invigilators report.

Before entering the toilet, the invigilator will ask you about the contents of your pockets and if you have any items on or about your person. If you have any items that are not permitted in the examination room, you will be asked to hand these to the invigilator who will keep them. You will be allowed to re-enter the examination room if you wish and a line will be drawn under your work, this is so the Module Leader will know that up to that point you had additional items on your person.  Following the examination, the items and your booklet or examination paper will be forwarded to the Conduct and Appeals Unit who will contact you to discuss this further.