Late Entry Policy

It is expected that students arrive at laboratory sessions at or before the start time advertised in the timetable.

Late Policy

 We strongly encourage you to attend your face-to-face labs to receive the full learning experience of the lab

Punctuality is a valuable attribute of professional behaviour that is expected of engineers in the workplace for which your programme of studies is preparing you.

If you arrive after the start time of a laboratory class, it is likely you will not be allowed to take part in the activity and will be turned away.

There are a number of reasons why you will not be permitted late entry, including:

  • Operational delivery of certain activities requires everyone to be present at the start of the session, for example for the allocation of groups or hearing important safety information.

  • Latecomers may not have time to complete the activities with the time remaining.

  • Students arriving late can cause disruption to students already engaged in their laboratory class.

If you are permitted to enter a particular laboratory class late, it should not be inferred that this will be permitted again or that there is a policy of late entry being tolerated. It is always expected that students arrive at or before the start time advertised in the timetable.

Staff running the laboratories may not have time to explain to you why you have been turned away if you are late, as they will need to focus on teaching the class.

If you have been turned away from a lab for being late, you should contact your home department.

If you have concerns or questions about this policy, please contact

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