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Assessment

Marking your work & the role of the Assessment Boards

Who marks my work?

In accordance with the College Marking Framework, any staff member involved in marking your work will have the appropriate experience and expertise. The Assessment Sub-Board (details below) ensures that new examiners have the necessary guidance and support to carry out marking duties. 

Each examination script is carefully marked by two examiners and then checked by external experts. High importance summative coursework is also marked by two members of staff and checked by external examiners (e.g. projects). Where summative coursework counts for a small percentage of the total module marks (less than 20%), marking is done either by a member of staff or a trained PhD student (e.g. in labs), with oversight provided by the module leader who will examine a selection of the submitted pieces of coursework after the first stage of marking. Some multiple choice tests are marked using optical scanners and appropriate software. Multiple choice KEATS tests are also marked automatically.


Marking Criteria

It is important that you are aware of the marking criteria used by academics to mark assessments. The marking criteria provide guidance on the overall standards expected at different levels of your studies.

The Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has local marking criteria (internal webpage) in addition to the generic marking criteria of the College


Role of the Assessment Boards

Faculty Assessment Boards and Programme Assessment Sub-Boards are responsible for ensuring examinations and assessment procedures under their remit are carried out in accordance with College, Faculty and Department regulations governing the programme. More information about the role of the Assessment Boards can be found on the Academic Quality webpages.

The members of your Assessment Board and Assessment Sub-Board can be found on the Internal Examinations Office webpages.  

External Examiners

External Examiners are appointed to ensure the quality and standard of the College’s taught awards. The External Examiners are experienced examiners who are academics at other institutions in the same subject area as the programme. They ensure that assessment processes are fair, rigorous and operated equitably. 

You can find out who the External Examiners are for your Programme on the Assessment Board Membership lists.

Students are not to make direct contact with external examiners, in particular regarding their individual performance in assessments. Other mechanisms are available such as appeal or a complaint if students have cause for concern.

 

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