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2021/22 Maths Department Teaching and Exam Arrangements Term 3

Last updated 14th June 2022

Please see below for the current status of course, module and exam delivery for the remainder of the academic year 2021/22. As is usual, all is subject to change if conditions require it.

For advice on Exams and Covid see the Exams Office FAQs 

Module Delivery

Term 3

All maths modules running in term 3 (MA209, MA256) will be in-person.

Year 1: Supervisions for maths students will continue to be face to face in the department, you will receive five supervisions over the term. Joint degree students do not receive supervisions in Term 3.

Years 2 and 3: note that there we was some movement of lectures for MA209 and MA256 to avoid interfering with exams, so please check timetables for them carefully.

Personal Tutors (Maths students)

Subject to both tutor and tutees being comfortable with it, tutorials will remain being face to face for Term 3. These will either be held in staff offices or larger booked rooms depending on the numbers involved. You will need to make arrangements to see your Personal Tutor during the first 2 weeks of term for a monitor point, but thereafter your tutor will make arrangements for further tutorials. Your personal tutor should remain your first port of call if you have concerns about anything or need advice.


All exams, in Term 3, will be back to sitting in exam halls as normal ('in-person exams'). Note that just because our exams are reverting back does not mean that all your options from outside departments will. We understand that subjects such as Stats, Physics and Computer Science will also have in-person exams, but other departments may well continue with online exams as this is the University's "preferred option".

Students from outside the Maths Department: if you have any queries regarding your exams, timetables, reasonable adjustments etc. you should direct these to your home department, not Maths.

  • The format of our exams will be mostly 2 hour exams (1st and 2nd year modules) or 3 hour exams (3rd and 4th year modules) with some exceptions for a small number of modules. There are a small number of 1 hour exams for 6 CAT modules, where the standard format is two questions worth 50% each.
  • Make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time indicated on your timetable. It usually takes at least 10 minutes to get everyone into a large exam hall and seated.
  • Find your seat number from your personal timetable before arriving. Make sure you arrive at the right time and right place, misreading your timetable is not mitigation.
  • Most maths exam follow one of the two standard formats:

    • Compulsory question 1 (worth 40%) and then choose 3 out of 4 optional questions (each worth 20%). If you answer more than the required 3 optional questions you will receive the marks from the best 3.
    • 4 compulsory questions, with question 1 worth 40% and the remaining 3 worth 20% each.
  • The lecturer for each module should be making it clear which version they have chosen for their exam (or if it is different to the above).
  • For the format of question, last years exam papers will be useful for practice but were written for online, open book exams. The 2020 exam papers were written before all exams moved online, and we made the decision not to change them, so these papers and years previous to those will be good guides of the type of question that could be asked.
  • Past exam papers going back 5 years can be found on the Library website: Solutions and/or feedback on past exams can also be found on the Course Handbook where it has been made available. If there is no material for a specific exam then it is not available for some reason, so please don't ask for it.
  • Make sure you read, and follow, all instructions given to you when taking each exam.
  • (Maths) students with alternative exam arrangements should be contacted by the department regarding where you will be sitting your exams.
  • We are awaiting definitive guidance from the Exams Office on what you should do if you test positive for Covid on the day of an examination, as a minimum you should submit Mitigation, especially if you feel too ill to attend. In any case you are encouraged to wear a mask whilst taking exams (but do remember that the large halls are well ventilated, and you will necessarily be socially distanced by the spacing of the desks).

You should make sure that you have read the guidance on exams given by the Exams Office, and in particular the advice on what you can and cannot take into exam halls.

If you have concerns then please address these to your SSLC so that they can be raised through the correct lines of communication. We do know that some of you may prefer to have kept online exams, but for the past two years there has been consistent opposition, and indeed anger, from students towards them. We believe that, for the mathematical sciences in particular, in person exams are a far superior mechanism for testing understanding of material whilst maintaining the integrity of those exams.

Exam Boards and Mitigation (Maths students only)

Note: we know that Tabula currently has incorrect weightings for students who commenced their studies in 2019 to take into account that most exams were under force majeure, this will be fixed in time for the exam boards.

Information on the exam boards can be found in the Course Handbook. Note in particular the conventions we follow, and advice on mitigation. For exam boards mitigation must come with suitable third party independent evidence, and must be uploaded well in advance of the exam boards so that it can be collated in time to be considered. If in doubt please contact the Taught Programmes Office in the first instance ( See also the talks given during the first week of Easter vacation (links below).

Exam Results and Progression/Classification Decisions

All results and exam board decisions are now released through Tabula. This should happen on the following dates (this is a central system, if results are delayed please don't contact the department):

First Years: 14th July 2022

Second Years: 21st July 2022

Finalists: 7th July 2022

Note: third year MMath results are sometimes released with the second years as an "intermediate year" although as a department we try to get them released with finalist marks on the 6th, especially for students who do not get the grades to progress but must graduate with a BSc.

Introduction to Exams and Exam Boards (Maths students only)

First years:

Second years:

Third/Fourth years:

Dr David Wood, DUGS.