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Assessments and Teaching – Student FAQs

This page provides information on the changes being made to teaching and assessments as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). You will also find key information on the Special Considerations process.

FAQs

Please note: new questions and answers will continue to be added to this list, as required.

 

When will programme delivery start?

Teaching for the 2020/21 academic year will begin on 5 October 2020.

 

How will teaching be delivered in 20/21?

We’re planning to deliver our programmes through a blend of in-person and online education, with the emphasis on face-to-face teaching; our expectation is that you will be available to take part in campus-based activity to the full extent that is possible.

If you find yourself unable to join us on campus for the start of term on 5 October, you will need to let us know. Please complete the following Arrival Form: https://go.soton.ac.uk/cqr

Our blended approach to the academic year, providing a mix of online and in-person teaching, will help to support students who may arrive in Southampton or Winchester after the start of term. However, for some people, this may impact labs and other compulsory in-person teaching activity.

Each Faculty Office will need to assess the impact of your arrival date on your studies. They will be in touch as soon as they have the outcome, however this may take a few days, so we thank you in advance for your patience.

Special Considerations

Please Note: The University will take account of the general impact the current situation will be having on students’ performance in assessment.

If the Covid-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on you because of your own personal circumstances you should use the Covid-19 Extension Request for Assessment Form or Covid-19 Special Considerations Request Form

I still have to complete coursework for my module but I am struggling with the impact of Covid-19, can I request an extension?

Yes. To request an extension please complete the Covid-19 Extension Request for Assessment Form and submit the form by email to the Student Office. On the form you must describe your circumstances and how they have impacted you. 

For requests relating to assessment due for submission after Thursday 12 March 2020 you do not need to submit supporting evidence with your completed form. 

I have been granted an extension for my assessment but will still be unable to submit by the new deadline, what shall I do?

If you have already had an extension granted by submitting the Covid-19 Extension Request for Assessment Form and need further time, you do not need to complete another Covid-19 Extension Request for Assessment Form.

Please email your Student Office, stating that the same circumstances are ongoing and provide any additional information that is relevant. You should also state the additional period of time that is required. 

I have been unable to submit my coursework and/or complete an online assessment due to the impact of Covid-19, what can I do?

Complete the Covid-19 Special Considerations Request Form and submit the form by email to your Student Office. You should describe your circumstances and how they have impacted you. 

For requests relating to assessment due for submission after Thursday 12 March 2020 you do not need to submit supporting evidence with your completed form. 

I have submitted my coursework and/or completed an online assessment but feel my assessment has been adversely affected due to the impact of Covid-19, what can I do?

Complete the Covid-19 Special Considerations Request Form and submit the form by email to your Student Office. You should describe your circumstances and how they have impacted you. 

For requests relating to assessment due for submission after Thursday 12 March 2020 you do not need to submit supporting evidence with your completed form. 

What types of individual circumstances will be accepted?

For extension requests and special considerations requests relating to assessment due for submission after Thursday 12 March 2020, the University will consider individual circumstances that would not normally fall under the Special Considerations Regulations.  Some of these circumstances include:

  • Self-isolating due to you or a family member having Covid-19 symptoms
  • Caring responsibilities for children and/or other dependents
  • Key worker commitments (as defined under the 'key worker' category outlined by the government)
    Computer/IT issues
  • Issues accessing resources required to complete the assessment

You will not be required to submit evidence of your circumstances to support your request but on the form you must describe your specific circumstances and how they have impacted upon you. 

I am not a medic, but I want to volunteer to support the NHS. Can I, and will this be considered as an extenuating circumstance?

The University is very supportive of all members of the community supporting the vital work of the NHS and other front-line services. If you wish to volunteer you will need to carefully consider the number of hours that you commit to this alongside your studies. If you wish to volunteer on a full time basis then you would need to suspend your studies as it would not be possible to study alongside a full time role. You would of course be supported fully on your return to study. It may be possible to volunteer on a part-time basis, in which case there would be no need to suspend, but we would recommend ensuring you provide yourself enough time for studies and therefore volunteer for no more hours than you would undertake paid work.

What if I have exceptional circumstances which are not related to the Covid-19 pandemic?

If your exceptional circumstances are not related to Covid-19, you should use the standard Extension Request for Assessment Form or Special Considerations Request Form as normal. 

If the deadline for your assessment has not yet passed, you should complete the Extension Request for Assessment Form

If you have submitted your assessment but feel your assessment has been adversely affected by your circumstances, you should complete the Special Considerations Request Form.

If you did not submit your assessment because of your circumstances, you should complete the Special Considerations Request Form.

For requests relating to assessment due for submission after Thursday 12 March 2020 you do not need to submit supporting evidence with your completed form, even if your circumstances are not related to Covid-19. On the form you must describe your circumstances and how they have impacted you. 

What is the email address where I must submit my extension or special considerations request?

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Archaeology; English; Film; History;
Modern Languages; Philosophy
hums-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Music musicbox@soton.ac.uk 
Winchester School of Art wsa-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Chemistry chem-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Electronics and Computer Science ecs-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Engineering eng-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Physics and Astronomy pa-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Zepler Institute Zepler-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

Biological Sciences sobs-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Geography and Environmental Sciences sges-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Health Sciences health-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Ocean and Earth Science soes-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Psychology psyc-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 

Faculty of Medicine

Medicine fmed-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 

Faculty of Social Sciences

Business sbs-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Economics economics.studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Gerontology gerontology.studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Law law-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Mathematical Sciences maths-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
MSc and BSc Education eds-studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Official Statistics/Data for Government SocStatDemo.StudentOffice@soton.ac.uk  
PGCE Further Education PGCEFe@soton.ac.uk 
PGCE Primary PGCEPrimary@soton.ac.uk 
PGCE Secondary PGCESecondary@soton.ac.uk 
Politics and International Relations politics.studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
Social Statistics and Demography SocStatDemo.StudentOffice@soton.ac.uk 
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology SSPC.studentoffice@soton.ac.uk 
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