Students studying abroad have complained that their marks have been automatically reduced upon returning to the University of Sussex.
Maths students contacted the Students' Union complaining that the results they achieved whilst studying abroad had been reduced by 10 marks.
The reasoning behind this deduction was percieved differences between the difficulty of study at the University of Sussex and institutions abroad.
Input from external examiners has shown us that there is no good reason for this reduction because years abroad are no easier than years spent at the University of Sussex.
Due to lobbying from our Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, the University has now stated that this reduction will no longer take place.
The change will come into place for all subjects and will be in place for this year's degree classifications.
Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, said:
This is a really positive change. Many students expressed their concern that this would have negative impacts on their final degree classification, I am glad that this worry has been removed. I also hope that the change encourages more students to experience the fantastic opportunity of study abroad.
The new scales for Study Abroad have now been approved by the University, after the Teaching and Learning Committee met on Tuesday 6th June.
These new scales will be applied at a no-detriment basis for students graduating this year. The University’s Academic Development and Quality Enhancement Department (ADQE) are checking whether students will be better off under old or new scales; where students would be better off under old scales, there will be no change.
Where students will be better off under new scales their marks will be revised and a new mean will be generated for Study Abroad, which will appear on their transcript. Changes to study abroad marks should have been notified via an email from ADQE and marks should have changed on Sussex Direct.
If you have any queries about this please contact the head of ADQE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students’ Union Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, said
I’m pleased to finally see some progress on this issue; it has been something I’ve been working on since January. I hope it makes a positive difference to students who receive their final degree classification at the end of the week. My next priority is to work with the University for students graduating the following year.
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