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Assessment Deadlines

The dates and times by which you should submit your work for assessment are given on Tabula.

Work should be uploaded to Tabula by the date and time specified on the system and following the online instructions. Please note that since this is an electronic system, it is very accurate, so even if you submit your work just one minute after the deadline, it will be marked as late and penalties will be imposed accordingly.

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to upload your work and try not to leave this until the deadline day itself. If you encounter any technical problems with your IT equipment or with uploading your work which mean that you are unable to meet the deadline, these cannot be accepted as a valid reason for late or non-submission and penalties will be imposed accordingly. Work submitted by any other means (e.g. emailed to the Office or a tutor) will not be accepted.

Extensions to Deadlines

Extensions to assessed work deadlines may be granted only in exceptional circumstances such as ill health and/or extreme personal issues. All extension requests must be made two working days in advance of the published assessment deadline. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday (inclusive).

Extensions will not be granted for last-minute illnesses or technical problems (including problems with Tabula, laptops, etc.). You should plan to submit your work well in advance of the deadline to avoid potential problems. We recommend submitting at least 48 hours (or two working days), if possible, in advance of the assessment deadline to avoid last-minute difficulties. Retrospective requests for extensions will not be granted. If serious circumstances prevent you from requesting an extension ahead of time, you should meet with your personal tutor to discuss an application to the Mitigating Circumstances Committee to be taken into consideration. This must be done as soon as possible.

Requests for extensions should be made via Tabula (remember to do this for each separate assessment, if you have multiple assessments due around the same time). You will need to state the reasons for your request and upload supporting evidence. Please note that you may be invited to meet with the Director of Studies for your year before a decision can be made. If such a meeting is not deemed necessary, you will receive an email to advise whether or not an extension has been granted.

Instructions for requesting an extension can be found here: 

PLEASE NOTE: Extensions will not be granted for computer or technical problems. Please ensure you leave enough time to deal with potential last-minute problems when you submit your assessment.

File Naming

While there is no "correct" way to name a file, we strongly urge you to adopt a robust convention for naming and organising your files before submitting work - this will help prevent you from accidentally submitting the wrong file.

A meaningful filename would contain your student number, the module code, assignment name and an indication that it is the final version, for example:
1234567 - HI127 - Source Review - FINAL.pdf

It is essential that you do not include your own name in the document or file name.

Please note that students who have to resubmit work beyond the deadline as a result of uploading the wrong file are subject to the usual late penalties.

Penalties for Late Submission or Non-Submission

Deadlines for the submission of work are available on Tabula. According to University rules, late submission of an assessed essay will, unless an extension has been granted in advance of the deadline, result in a penalty deduction from your mark for the work of 5 marks per day. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and bank holidays are NOT included when calculating penalties for late submission. There is no upper limit to the total penalty for late submission. If, for medical or other compelling reasons, you require an extension on an assessed essay or dissertation please see the extension policy.

First year students should note that they will not be permitted to progress if they have not submitted all their summative work (including all short essays).

Word Length and Penalties for Over Length Work

Essays and dissertations that are above the word limit will be deducted as follows:

  • 9,000 word dissertation: 1 mark off for each 100 words (or part thereof) over 9,000 words
  • 8,000 word (CAS year abroad) dissertation: 1 mark off for each 100 words (or part thereof) over 8,000 words
  • Any plan or essay up to 4,500 words: 1 mark off for each 50 words (or part thereof) over the specified limit

The word limits are strict upper limits, and marks will be deducted if the assessment is over-length. Footnotes, bibliography and possible appendices are not included in this word-count. The title page is not included in the word-count, but titles and subtitles in the text are. You do not need an abstract or content-list, but if you do include these, they are counted in the word-count.

You will not penalised for producing underlength work, provided quality is not sacrificed to brevity. Learning to write to a limit is one of the skills the degree is designed to encourage you to cultivate.

Proofreading Guidelines

University guidelines on proofreading of assessed/unasssessed work can be found at It sets out expectations, acceptable practices and exceptions for students. The Tabula cover sheet has been updated to reflect this policy and all students must confirm on submission of their work if they have used the services of a proofreader to support their assignment.