The University of Southampton
Quality HandbookAssessment

The Assessment Framework sets out the key policies and principles which must be followed in documenting and managing assessment for students.

To ensure that there is clarity on what action is required all policies and procedures are assigned to one of the following three groups:

Defined –those that are for adoption by all faculties – as such they represent explicit University-wide requirements. These provide the University framework to ensure students are treated equitably.

Advisable –those for which there is a strong steer for adoption, but where exception may be allowed provided there is a justified academic argument for a faculty not to adopt the practice. In such cases the ‘authority’ that may approve such exceptions to the rule must be indicated (usually, but not always, AQSC);

Desirable –those that are recommended as good practice and may be useful to inform existing faculty practices.

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