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Essays must be submitted electronically using Tabula by 12 noon on the stipulated deadline (from 12:01pm on the day they are due to 11:59am the next day is counted as 1 day late).

5 marks per day will be deducted from late essays where an extension has not been granted.

Please take EXTREME CARE when submitting your essays to Tabula and ensure you upload the correct version of your essay. If incorrect essays are submitted, once the error has been discovered, we will delete the incorrect submission and contact you to arrange to re-submit the correct essay. Work that has been re-submitted following the earlier submission of an incorrect draft will incur a penalty of 5 marks per day from the original deadline or have its mark capped at 40% (whichever is the higher). If essays have not been received by the deadline, they will be deemed as being received late. Therefore, it is in your interest to ensure that you submit the correct essay as any error may not be discovered for some days.

Therefore, please take care when you submit your essays – do not leave until the last minute and double check all submissions!

Computer problems are not an acceptable reason for non/late submission of assessed work.

Students should be aware that in accordance with departmental regulations they are required to retain electronic copies of all pieces of submitted assessed work until after the final exam board of their degree. Online university storage is available for this, and can be accessed at


Submitting assessed work

  • Essays must be submitted electronically via e-submission through the Tabula system - ensure you keep an email of the receipt for your records.
  • Include your Student ID number as a header or footer on each page.
  • DO NOT include your name on the essay.
  • Include page numbers.


Writing your essay

  • Titles for essays are published six weeks before the submission deadline. Occasionally you may have more than one essay due on the same day and should organize your time accordingly to make sure you can submit on time.
  • Use a computer to write your essay and use 12 point font. You must keep back-up copies of your work until you graduate. Computer malfunction is not an acceptable reason for late submission.
  • Essays should be written using MLA conventions; if you choose another style format, please make sure you are consistent within the essay submitted.
  • All essays and dissertations must have a Bibliography or Works Cited. There should also be correct and full-referencing of sources as in-text citation, as footnotes or as endnotes. Footnotes, endnotes, works cited and bibliographies are not included in the word-length; quotations are included in the word-length.
  • Tutors will allow a discretionary 10% short-fall or extension of the word-length. However, a tutor will stop reading an essay once the 10% extension has been reached. However, please note that the penalties detailed below will be made in the following circumstances:

- 5 marks will be deducted for an essay 10-15% over/under the required wordcount

- 10 marks will be deducted for an essay 15-50% over/under the required wordcount

- 20 marks will be deducted for an essay more than 50% over/under the required wordcount

  • All marks are provisional until they are approved by the relevant examination board and may be subject to change.


Extensions to assessed work deadlines may be granted in exceptional circumstances such as ill health and/or personal issues. All extension requests must be made before the published deadline and should be supported by third-party evidence. Retrospective extensions will not be granted.

Requests for extensions should be made via Tabula (one for each assignment on each module site). You will need to state the reasons for your request and upload your supporting evidence (these are only accessible to the Senior Tutor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Undergraduate Programmes Officer. Please note that you may be invited to meet with your Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) before a decision can be made. If such a meeting is not deemed necessary by the DUGS you will receive an email to advise whether or not an extension has been granted.

Tabula will now allow requests to be made after the normal assigned deadline but in those exceptional cases where an advance request has not been possible, you should email your Director of Undergraduate Studies directly with your request, reasons and supporting documentation.

For extensions of more than 14 days, the department must request approval from the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Arts.


Computer problems are not an acceptable reason for non/late submission of assessed work. Extra-Curricular commitments are not valid reasons for requesting an extension to an assessed essay deadline.

Important information

  • 5 marks per day will be deducted from late essays where an extension has not been granted.
  • Only the Director of Undergraduate Studies can grant an extension.
  • Tutors will deduct marks for poor presentation and/or poor scholarly practice (such as incorrect citation of sources or bibliography).
  • Tutors cannot read drafts of assessed essays; this includes tutors who teach on the module and those who do not, such as your personal tutor.
  • All marks, for assessed work and examinations, are provisional until approved by the Examination Board, and may be subject to change.
  • Students are required to complete all components of each module to pass. Information regarding the requirements of each module can be found on individual module websites. This rule is in accordance with University Regulation 36.2, which sets out general requirements and expectations in terms of progress, attendance and the completion of work.’

The Academic Writing Programme offers sessions on essay writing and referencing style

Essay Deadlines 2017/18