After students have submitted their assessment tasks (eg: coursework, case study, presentation, performance, examination laboratory exercise, Major Project, etc), Anglia Ruskin uses a comprehensive and transparent process to assure that your work is marked fairly and consistently.This process involves first marking, internal moderation, external moderation, Departmental Assessment Panels (DAPs) and the Anglia Ruskin Awards Board. All UK Universities use processes of this nature and Anglia Ruskin's version is summarised in the flowchart below.
Flowchart of Anglia Ruskin's Marking Process
The First Marking of all work is conducted by the academic staff who have taught the module. The Module Leader is responsible for managing the process. For larger modules, the marking is shared between the Module Leader and the team of Module Tutors.
The work is marked against the published assessment and marking criteria. These are published in each Module Guide and are based on Anglia Ruskin's Generic Assessment Criteria and Marking Standards for each level of study.
All work is marked anonymously. This is why we ask you to add your SID Number ONLY to your work so that, at the point of marking, the marker cannot identify you. For some assessment methods, such as presentations or Major Projects, where it is impossible for the marker not to know your identity, we use double marking which means that every piece of work is marked by two academic staff.
Once the first marking process is completed, Anglia Ruskin undertakes a process of internal moderation. This process sees other Anglia Ruskin staff, who have expertise in the same subject area, review the marking of a sample of the first marker's marking. The sample comprises a minimum of eight pieces of work or 10% of the total number of pieces of work (whichever is the greater). The sample includes a representative range of the full range of marks and also includes work for the same module from other locations of delivery so that we can be assured that, for example, the work for a student studying a module at the Cambridge Campus is marked consistently with the work for a student studying the same module at the Chelmsford Campus.
All UK universities employ External Examiners. These are experienced academic staff from other UK universities who review the marking of Anglia Ruskin's staff to assure that our marking is comparable to similar modules and courses taught at other universities. Anglia Ruskin employs approximately 200 External Examiners at any one time. Many of Anglia Ruskin's academic staff are employed as External Examiners at other UK universities.
Only modules at levels 5, (equivalent to the second year of full-time undergraduate honours degree), level 6 (equivalent to the final year of full-time undergraduate honours degree) and level 7 (postgraduate level) are subject to external moderation. External Examiners review a sample of the marking for each module. As with Anglia Ruskin's internal moderation process (see above), the sample includes a representative range of the full range of marks and also includes work for the same module from other locations of delivery.
You can see a list of the External Examiners Anglia Ruskin employs for your subject area in your Module Guides. A full list of all of Anglia Ruskin's External Examiners for all modules is available on the external examining section of this website.
Once the First marking, Internal Moderation and External Moderation processes have been completed, the marks for all pieces of work for all modules are considered by our 25+ Departmental Assessment Panels - known as DAPs. Every subject area has a DAP which is a meeting of all the relevant Module Leaders and External Examiners. The DAP is the formal committee that approves marks for each module, ensuring that the correct academic standards have been applied and that the marking process has been undertaken properly. The DAP has the authority to change marks for a module if it believes that the marking process has been too harsh or too lenient.
Finally, Anglia Ruskin's Awards Board considers the full academic profiles of students and, where necessary, determines:
All results are published via e-Vision. The official dates for the publication of results are available at www.anglia.ac.uk/results. Module results will start to appear via e-Vision several days ahead of the official publication date but may change so are not officially confirmed until the publication date.
Anglia Ruskin's marking processes and regulations governing the assessment process are published in the Academic Regulations and the Senate Code of Practice on the Assessment of Students.
If you have any further queries about the marking of your work, please contact your Module Leader(s), Course Leader of Faculty Student Adviser.
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