The Assessment Unit of the Academic Office is responsible for administering a two-tier assessment process for all taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules and courses at Anglia Ruskin University. The Unit provides advice, guidance and other useful information to academic staff and students on various aspects of the assessment process (including the Academic Regulations). The Unit also administers the conferment process for Anglia Ruskin’s academic awards, including responsibility for the provision of academic transcripts and award certificates, and makes a major contribution to the organisation of Anglia Ruskin’s Award Ceremonies.
The Unit comprises a team of 20
staff lead by the Acting Assessment Manager, Lorraine Adams.
The Unit is located at Abbeygate House (1st Floor) in Cambridge and
Ashby House (2nd Floor) in Chelmsford. The Unit's staff are organised into four assessment teams and a conferment team, supporting the four faculties, with each member of staff in the assessment teams allocated administrative responsibility for a department, its modules and its courses.
Information on the requirements and deadlines for the submission of coursework assignments and other non-examination based assessment tasks are NOT provided by this website but are available in your Module Guides or from the appropriate Faculty/Departmental Offices.
Information on examinations, including dates, are NOT provided by this section but are available from the Academic Office Examinations Section.
Anglia Ruskin University operates a two-tier assessment process for its taught modular provision: Tier 1 – Departmental Assessment Panels (DAPs) and Tier 2 – Anglia Ruskin Awards Board (AB). Additionally, the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel, which reports directly to the Anglia Ruskin Awards Board, making recommendations on individual students' mitigation claims. For each Faculty there is a Student Review Subcommittee which also reports to the Awards Board. The Assessment Unit provides a servicing function for all four of these committees. The Academic Regulations provide further details of this structure.
The Departmental Assessment Panels are responsible for the assessment of modules, ensuring that appropriate academic standards are set and achieved and for overseeing the processes for marking and moderation. The Panels consider statistical information such as mean marks and standard deviation to inform their work. Anglia Ruskin currently has 28 DAPs which can meet between three to six times in every academic year. All DAPs include External Examiners who are experienced academic staff from other UK Higher Education Institutions and/or industry and who attend and advise DAPs and help to ensure Anglia Ruskin’s assessment processes and outcomes are comparable to those elsewhere in the sector. Further information on the Panels, including details of the Assessment Unit support for the Panels, is available in the Departmental Assessment Panel section of these webpages.
Assessment marksheets are completed by academic staff in each Faculty, using guidance provided, and are then processed by the Assessment Unit in preparation for the DAP meetings.
The Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel considers claims of mitigating circumstances from students and makes recommendations to the Anglia Ruskin Awards Board on whether such claims should be approved. Further information on the Mitigation Panel, including details of the Assessment Unit support for the Panel, is available in the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel section of these webpages.
Information for students who wish to submit a claim for mitigating circumstances (eg: due to illness during or immediately before an examination) should consult the Academic Office mitigation section of these webpages.
The Faculty Student Review Subcommittees consider the outcomes of DAPs and the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel and undertake the detailed review of students’ academic progress. This includes making recommendations on issues such as retaking modules with attendance, replacing modules, compensation, transferring courses, progression, discontinuation and the conferment of awards to the Anglia Ruskin Awards Board. Further information on the Sub-committees, including details of the Assessment Unit support for the Board, is available in the Faculty Student Review Subcommittee section of these webpages.
The Anglia Ruskin Awards Board is responsible for the assessment of students’ overall progress, receiving module results from the appropriate DAPs and recommendations from the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel and each Faculty Student Review Subcommittee. Where appropriate, the Board confers Anglia Ruskin’s awards in the name of the Senate. The Board includes External Examiners who are experienced academic staff from other UK Higher Education Institutions and/or industry and who attend and advise the Board and help to ensure Anglia Ruskin’s assessment processes and outcomes are comparable to those elsewhere in the sector. Further information on the Awards Board, including details of the Assessment Unit support for the Boards, is available in the Anglia Ruskin Awards Board section of these webpages.
At the end of the assessments process, the Conferment team within the Assessment Unit is responsible for the provision of certificates, repeat transcripts and verification of awards as well as all student related aspects of Anglia Ruskin's Graduation Ceremonies. Further information is available on our graduation web pages.
Certificates whihc are not collected by graduates after each award ceremony are sent out by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery within 4-6 weeks of the Awards Board. They are sent to the HOME ADDRESS held on Anglia Ruskin University's central student administration database. It is the student's responsibility to keep this address up to date and there may be a charge made for repeat postage if your certificate is returned to us. If you are an international student and you are not returning to your home country please make sure that you update your home address through e-Vision.
Anglia Ruskin's policies with regard to assessment are described in the Senate Code of Practice on the Assessment of Students.
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