SPI research has shown that currently there are multiple technical solutions being used in managing marks across departments. This leads to variations on how the final mark is calculated, and how it finds its way into a system ready for the exam board.
The 'Review of Assessment – Exam Board' subgroup made a recommendation to the Academic Quality & Standards and Senate committees that the University should implement a central exam board solution for use by all departments. This was approved in summer 2019, with a plan to implement the solution by the start of the academic year 2021/22.
The Module Selection project investigates Warwick's module registration processes and examines routes to consistency in the student experience. It's managed in conjunction with the Timetable Improvement Programme, with a focus on improving timetables for students.
From a student perspective, it will lead to one clear module selection process, in place of the current landscape of diverse and sometimes incompatible rules and deadlines.
The Universal Admissions project team has been working with SROAS and departments to create one single admissions system, with joined-up processes for administering all types of applications to Warwick, regardless of entry route (UCAS, direct, partner) and level of course (UG, PG, other).
Two projects are focused on improving scholarships and bursaries awards:
- Postgraduate scholarships awarded and administered through the Doctoral College;
- Undergraduate scholarships awarded and administered by all other University departments.
The key objective of both projects is to provide personalised, tailored information to students through easily accessible and coherent portals, simplifying the application to and management of scholarships and bursaries and reducing the variation between departments to ensure a student’s experience is consistent and easy to navigate.
The Study Abroad project has involved creating a Student Mobility Tool, which allows students who are required to/would like to carry out a study or work placement abroad to complete their applications via an online tool. It will allow the Student Mobility (formerly Study Abroad) team to view and process applications more easily and efficiently, as well as acting as a secure and central store of student data and documents that students are required to upload over the course of their time abroad.
Mitigating Circumstances - Self-Certification and Extensions
The second phase of the Mitigating Circumstances project is now in progress. This will add functionality to deal with cases of self-certification and extensions in the same Mitigating Circumstances portal in Tabula.
Analysis of the previous process for handling mitigating circumstances claims revealed inefficiencies and inconsistencies across departments. Due to the sensitive nature of the data included in these claims, Education Policy & Quality identified the need for a new policy, coupled with a new University-wide online system that could store and handle claims for Mitigating Circumstances securely and efficiently.
Case study: My Warwick app
One of the core objectives of the SPI programme is to simplify the student experience, making it easier for students to access the information they need for their study and life at Warwick. The My Warwick app brings together a vast amount of useful information in one handy place, giving students the ability to quickly access different aspects of their day-to-day life at Warwick. It has proved extremely popular, and functionality has continued to be developed based on user feedback.
Case study: SkillsForge
The results of the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) in 2013 showed that support for professional development was the single largest area of dissatisfaction for our postgraduate research students.
In response to this feedback Warwick developed a Professional Development Framework and launched SkillsForge to provide a single platform for PGR training provision.