by Eleanor Ogden 19 November 2018, 16:34
Category: Assessment and Feedback
Is there any possibility of removing Saturday exams from the timetable, or placing the exams early in the morning so they don't consume the whole day? Myself along with a number of other students rely on part-time jobs to support ourselves while living away from home at university, and while some of these jobs may offer flexibility, often the exam timetables aren't finalised until rotas have been completed, and others have strict contracts they need to adhere to otherwise they may face disciplinary action as part of company policy (it may not be down to a manager's kindness/discretion). For me, university and my studies will always come before my part-time job, but sometimes my commitments are out of my control, and I feel the university should do more to support the students having to take on jobs to support themselves- one way being reassessing the need for Saturday examinations. Thank you.
Thank you for submitting this Idea. Now that this has received the support of more than 25 Students this will be discussed at the SU Council meeting on Thursday 13th December 2018. This will be held in Hicks Lecture Theatre 7 from 5:15pm and you are more than welcome to come along! I will be in touch with you after the meeting you update you on the discussion! In the mean time if you have any questions please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi there, this idea was discussed by Council on November 19th and December 13th. Here's an overview of what was said: Education Officer, Anna Crump Raiswell responded that departments can request specific exam dates. Anna said they would discuss it further with the university, but they were not confident exams on Saturdays could be banned due to the large number of exams that take place. Anna reiterated Officers will discuss it with the university for summer exams, but it may not be possible to stop Saturday exams.