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.