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Tuesday 18 June
Curriculum > Academic Registry: Academic Calendar


Changes to the Academic Calendar in 2019/20


From September 2019, Anglia Ruskin is introducing some major changes to the format of our Academic Calendar.

This page details the changes that were approved by the Senate in June 2018.


Students and Staff can can read the full proposal that was considered by the Senate.


Tha main changes are:



The Academic Year starts a week earlier

One of the main characteristics of the new academic calendar is the move of graduation ceremonies to July.  In order to achieve this, a number of features of the existing calendar needed to be changed including the start date of the academic year.  In 2019/20, Welcome Week commences on 16th September with teaching beginning a week later on 23rd September.


Terminology: Goodbye to Semesters!

The revised academic calendar will comprise three equal length periods; these periods will be called Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3.

NB: this is merely a change to terminology and does NOT change how courses are delivered.

Semester 1 will simply be called Trimester 1 and Semester 2 will simply be called Trimester 2.


My course in 2018/19... My course in 2019/20...

...runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2

...will run in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2.

My course will not use Trimester 3

...runs in Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

...will continue to run in Trimester 1,

Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

So, a typical 3 year full-time honours degree currently delivered in Semesters 1 and 2 will be delivered in the same way but the periods will be called Trimesters 1 and 2 (with Trimester 3 over the Summer Vacation).


All Trimesters comprise 11+1 weeks of contact time

In the new calendar, each Trimester is allocated 12 weeks scheduled contact time so this means that Trimester 3 is no longer a shorter period.

BUT...the new academic calendar allocates weeks 1 to 11 to the teaching of new material with the 12th and final week formally allocated to revision activity for all modules.  So overall contact time remains the same but no new learning can take place in the 12th and final week with all modules having timetabled revision activity in the 12th week.

Consequently, any breaks during a teaching period that contain no scheduled activity will need to be discontinued (eg: reading weeks).  However, forms of scheduled activity which may differ in format in a particular week (eg: employability week) are unaffected by this approach and may continue.


Trimester 1 Examinations before Christmas and Trimester 2 starts earlier

All Trimester 1 assessment in the new academic calendar will be completed before the Christmas Vacation.  The week immediately after Week 12 of Trimester 1 (revision week) will be the Examinations week and the final permitted submission deadline for coursework will be the Friday of Examinations Week.

Therefore, Trimester 2 will start in mid-January instead of early February.


Faster publication of students' results and Student Review streamlined

We are currently redesigning the Student Review process to introduce more automation and move it to after the Awards Board to facilitate the faster publication of results to students.  The Awards Board will take place in the week after the Modular Assessment Panels (MAPs).


Re-assessment timings amended

The new academic calendar will see re-assessment timings organised slightly differently:


Re-assessment occurs by the end of...

...and is processed by MAPS in...

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 of the same academic year June
Trimester 2 Trimester 3 of the same academic year August
Trimester 3 Trimester 1 of the next academic year January


New Time for Graduation: July

Graduation moves from October to July in 2020!


In addition we will introduce a second (smaller) set of ceremonies in early November for students unable to attend in July (eg: for students completing in Trimester 3 and students with re-assessment or mitigation).


The New Academic Calendar: 2019/20


View the full Academic Calendar for the 2019/20 year in wall planner format for downloading



Please direct any queries or questions about the Academic Calendar to Paul Baxter, Academic Registrar.