4.3 Attendance and Engagement
Our duty as a department is to deliver a coherent degree course with well- presented lectures backed up by support, usually in the form of small classes.Your duty is to try hard to learn, and not to impede the attempts of others. In particular this means that you should attend lectures and support classes, having prepared for them by revising prerequisite material and by attempting all example sheets promptly. A failure to do this usually leads to boredom (through lack of understanding) and an inadequate performance.
Attendance at lectures and tutorials does not contribute formally to the award of a degree, nevertheless it is our expectation that you attend these. We collect records of attendance and work handed in for tutorials which become part of your academic record, even if the work is not for credit towards the assessment of a module. Personal tutors will see these records and will discuss your progress and engagement with the course at their meetings with you.
We are required by the University to monitor a set number of separate ‘points of engagement’ each year for all undergraduate and post-graduate students in the Department. These monitoring points are listed on the following pages; however if you are reading a printed copy of this handbook please make sure to check the online version.
We have deliberately chosen the points of engagement to be activities which it is in your interest to do anyway (seeing personal tutors at the start and the end of each term, attending classes of certain core modules, etc). You should therefore comply with all of these without fail.
Should difficulties arise (for example, illness preventing you from attending at a particular time) then you should contact the Student Support Office and your personal tutor with an explanation as soon as possible.
International students should be particularly aware of the consequences of not meeting the required points of engagement. The Academic Office is obliged to report to the UK Visas and Immigration department of the Home
Office if any student has been found not to be engaging with and attending their degree course. This has serious implications for your visa status.
A record of all monitoring points for all students will be kept by the Student Support Office, who will regularly check to see if any students are missing monitoring points.
If a student misses three monitoring points in an academic year, then the student will be required to meet with their Personal Tutor. The University Academic Office will also write to all students who miss three monitoring points - the student’s Department will be cc’d into this correspondence.
If a student misses any further monitoring points in a year, dependent upon circumstances, the student will be required to meet with the Senior Tutor or corresponding Year Tutor. If a student misses six monitoring points in a year then the Department reserves the right to invoke the formal University process referring the student to the Continuation of Registration Committee as set out in University Regulation 36 – Governing Student Registration Attendance and Progress;