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University of Hull - Approach to Detriment from Covid-19

The University of Hull’s Safety Net and No Detriment approaches are designed to mitigate the impacts you might experience while continuing and completing your studies during the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This approach applies to all students from Foundation level to PGT.

The University of Hull’s Safety Net is designed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on your learning, teaching and assessments in 2020/21. It does this by enabling us to give you more time if you need it, by preventing fail grades being awarded on the basis of late penalties alone, and by giving Module Boards of Examiners the means by which to compare module marks during the Covid-19 affected period with those from previous modules and to lift marks where any detriment is in evidence.

The No Detriment approach is designed to ensure that any remaining drop in grade performance in the Covid-19 affected period will not have a detrimental effect on your degree classification (that is, whether your degree is a first class, 2i, etc). This will be achieved by adjusting, where appropriate, how we calculate your degree classification at Programme Boards of Examiners advantage and it will not result in a lower degree classification.

For this year’s finalists, and following any re-scaling of marks by Module Boards, we will classify your degree following our No Detriment approach from last year and then by applying the extended No Detriment approach for 2021 (No Det 21).

Where classification outcomes differ, you will be awarded the higher classification.

 

No Detriment 20/21

To pass the year or be awarded your degree you must have passed the normal requirements of modules and credits for your course. This includes specific requirements if you are studying a professionally accredited programme such as medicine, nursing, teaching or social work.

 

For Undergraduate finalists

If you are on a professionally accredited programme, such as medicine, nursing, teaching or social work, we will follow specific advice from your regulatory bodies. Each professional body is developing its own response to Covid-19 and those might supersede the No Det 21 approach outlined below. Programme teams will continue to update you on any profession-specific guidance and developments that relate to your course.

For all other undergraduate finalists this year;

As a reminder:

For undergraduate degrees, the different levels of study generally reflect year of study as below:

  • Level 3 = foundation year
  • Level 4 = first year
  • Level 5 = second year
  • Level 6 = final year (for most students on a 3-year degree)

For integrated Master’s students, your final year is your fourth year.

 

  • Each student’s modules are calculated according to the degree weightings (e.g. 30/70 for Years 2 and 3 of a three year degree) and the degree classification determined accordingly.

  • This is then compared with the degree classification if the same weightings are applied but the modules completed in T2 of 2019/2020 are discounted.

  • Then, to determine whether you were heading for a higher degree classification before Covid, we will compare the averages of your marks for modules completed before February 2020 (i.e. pre-Covid modules) with those completed after February 2020 (i.e. those that might have been impacted by Covid-related circumstances). We will calculate your degree classification using only marks from before the Covid-affected period and exclude marks from modules in T2 and T3 last year and from all of this year.

  • The higher classification will be awarded.

For further details see the No Det 21 – Worked Examples below.

If you are unsure of anything or have concerns about the assessments period[s] given the current situation, please contact your Personal Supervisor, then your Module Leader, Programme Leader or Faculty Office. Contact information is on your Canvas module pages. Remember you can also contact us through MyHull Portal and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

For Postgraduate Taught students

If you are due to submit your dissertation (or equivalent) this year we have temporarily suspended the requirement for you to achieve a minimum mark in your dissertation to be eligible for merit or distinction.

When you have completed the assessment for all of your modules we will calculate your overall average mark in the normal way. We will then re-calculate your average mark excluding the lowest marks from up to 30 credits of your taught modules. If the averages are different, we will take the higher average and award pass, merit or distinction based on the higher average.

 

No Detriment 20/21 – Worked Examples

The measures provided by the Safety Net, which provide flexibility for assessment submissions and an upscaling of module marks where appropriate, will ensure that most students’ marks are not detrimentally impacted by the circumstances of the Covid-affected period. Where exceptional individual cases still show evidence of impact, our No Det 21 measures will be used to mitigate that impact. The No Detriment measures will be used only to students’ advantage.

The following are worked examples of exceptional cases where, even after the measures provided for by the Safety Net policy have been applied, a student’s mark profile shows a potential detrimental effect from the Covid-affected period.

 

UG Worked Examples

Mark Ranges

As you look through these examples, keep the following mark ranges in mind:

1st class

-

70+

2i

-

60 - 69

2ii

-

50 – 59

3rd class

-

40 – 49

UG Student 1 – Robbie

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Robbie is in the final year of a three-year degree programme. His degree average is a 2i both when it is calculated normally and also when his T2 2019/20 modules are discounted.

When we look at his pre-Covid and his Covid-affected unweighted averages we find that his average is in the 2ii bracket before Covid but in the 2i bracket afterwards. As the pre-Covid average is not higher than the Covid-affected average, no further change is required.

Robbie will be awarded a 2i degree classification.

UG Student 2 – Alice

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Alice is in the final year of a three-year degree programme and achieves a 2ii degree classification when her module marks are calculated normally, but a 2i when her T2 modules from the 2019/2020 year are discounted.

When we look at her pre-Covid module average we see that it is a 2i, while her Covid-affected average is a 2ii. As the pre-Covid average is higher we then look at her average for her T1 2019/2020 modules and we find that that average is in the 2i bracket.

Alice will be awarded a 2i degree classification.

UG Student 3 – Keisha

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Keisha is also in the final year of a three-year degree programme. Unlike Alice she achieves a 2i degree classification when her module marks are calculated normally, and still a 2i classification when her T2 modules for 2019/2020 are discounted.

However, when we look at her pre-Covid module average we see that it is a 1st, and her Covid-affected average is a 2i. This then prompts us to look at her average for her T1 2019/2020 modules and we find that that average is also in the 1st class bracket.

Keisha will be awarded a 1st class degree classification.

UG Student 4 – Pietre

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Pietre is in the final year of a four-year degree programme with an internship year. His internship was in 2019/2020 and would normally account for 10% of his final degree grade, alongside 20% for his second year and 70% for his final year. When his degree classification is calculated in the normal way he achieves an overall 2ii, but when his grades for his internship year are discounted (and this means all of his second year grades because the internship runs throughout that year and so there are no T1 grades) he still achieves a 2ii.

However, when we look at Pietre’s pre-Covid module average we see that it is a 2i, and his Covid-affected average, i.e. his average for his internship year and his final year modules, is a 2ii. This then prompts us to look at his average for his Year 2 2018/2019 modules and we find that that average is in the 2i bracket.

Pietre will be awarded a 2i degree classification.

PGT Worked Examples

Mark Ranges

As you look through these examples, keep the following mark ranges in mind:

Distinction

-

70+

Merit

-

60 – 69

Pass

-

50 – 59

PGT Student 1 – Carmen (PGT 2020/2021)

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Carmen is on a PGT Master’s Degree Programme. She is taking six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation. Her programme runs for one year and so has run entirely during the Covid-impacted period. When we calculate her average mark in the normal way she has an average of 68.8 and so is just short of a distinction. However, when we apply No Det 21 we discount her lowest module marks (up to a maximum of 30 credits) and her average is 70.9. Under No Det 21 the requirement of a mark of 67 or higher in the dissertation in order to be awarded a distinction has been suspended.

Carmen will be awarded a distinction.

PGT Student 2 – Ashish (PGT 2020/2021)

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Ashish is also on a PGT Master’s Degree Programme but he is taking four 30 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation. His programme also runs for one year and so has run entirely during the Covid-impacted period. When we calculate his average mark in the normal way he has an average of 67.3 and so, like Carmen, falls short of a distinction. However, when we apply No Det 21 we discount his lowest module marks (up to a maximum of 30 credits) and his average is 70.

Ashish will be awarded a distinction.

 

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