Results and Progression

Publication of results

The dates of publication will be in your module/programme handbook and on your MOLE site. On the date of publication you:
You may access your results via MOLE after 11am, the instructions for this can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/student-induction/turnitin

If you would like a summary of your results to show what you have passed/completed, you will need to contact the Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) to obtain a summary of results https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/summary-of-results

Assessment Feedback

Instructions on how to access your feedback for assignments submitted electronically can be found under the assessments section within your module/programme on MOLE https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/student-induction/turnitin

University principles on Feedback

The university principles of feedback can be found at http://www.shef.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.281877!/file/ThePrinciplesofFeedback2013.pdf

The School of Nursing and Midwifery principles of formative feedback

The following principles of feedback have been drafted after both staff and students raised issues of consistency in the application of the existing standards.

Feedback
Feedback exists in any process, activity or information that enhances learning by providing students with the opportunity to reflect on their current or recent level of attainment. It can be provided individually or to groups. It can take many forms. It is responsive to the developmental expectations of particular programmes and disciplines.

Formative feedback
This is “feedback for learning” and is provided during the unit/module to help improve the way you learn and enhance future academic performance

Summative feedback
Summative feedback is “feedback on learning”. It gives an idea of what was done well or not so well in work already done and is often module-specific.

Principles

  • Student engagement with feedback is important
  • Students need to seek formative feedback when developing work for submission and make the most of opportunities made available to them.
  • Feedback is regarded as a process whereby students and staff work together to promote individual learning and development.
  • Students need to be aware of how to utilise both formative and summative feedback to develop their academic abilities.
  • When unsure of who their personal/academic tutor is, or from whom they should be seeking feedback, students should contact the course secretary/administrator or programme leader.

Feedback is for learning

  • Students should seek formative feedback early on in the assessment process in order to ensure time for development of work if required.
  • Students should be able to obtain formative feedback on drafts in order to develop ideas further.
  • Formative and summative feedback should affirm what is positive and offer encouragement where improvement is needed.
  • Feedback may be given in a variety of forms this may be dependent on the module assessment and/or the needs of the student.
  • Opportunities for reflection on feedback should be provided if required by the student.

Feedback is timely
You will receive feedback throughout your modules if you request this, it should be timed to help with your final assessment. Work submitted for feedback within 5 working days of assessment submission date will not be considered in other than exceptional circumstances.

Students should not expect to receive formative feedback on more than two occasions for each assignment. In the case of longer pieces of work, such as dissertations, this may not be the case but will be stated in the handbook.

Students should receive acknowledgment of receipt of work submitted for formative feedback within 48hrs (2 working days); in event of non-receipt of acknowledgement, students are required to contact the programme administrator. Feedback should be provided by the tutor within 5 working days; if this does not happen the student should contact the programme administrator.

In the event of a tutor being absent/sick for longer than 5 working days, an email “vacation” message will be used to inform students of the absence and what cover has been arranged for the provision of formative feedback.

Feedback on written drafts will reflect four key areas covered by the marking criteria in order to give students an overview of relative strengths and weakness:

  • structure/flow of assignment
  • critical analysis
  • application to assignment guidelines/context
  • referencing
  • other comments

Detailed corrections to drafts using track changes will not be made. This includes corrections to grammar, syntax and content. Attention will only be drawn to the need to address deficiencies in this area when required. This is in order to ensure that there cannot be a case made for collusion. Where students need signposting to academic support mechanisms this will be discussed with the student and raised with the personal tutor.

Summative feedback

Summative feedback should provide a justification for the grade awarded along with comments on strengths weaknesses and areas for improvement. In the case of a second attempt where the maximum grade awarded is 40 you should be given an indication of the band in which the grade would have been if it was a first attempt.

Feedback is consistently delivered

Your feedback will be delivered in an accessible and consistent manner, and will relate to module assessment criteria and learning outcomes.
There will be an opportunity to view exam scripts.

Feedback quality is maintained

The school will monitor student views on feedback and will ensure that which you receive is of good quality. Your student reps will be involved in the process of maintaining that quality.

NB: Students with special/mitigating circumstances for which the school has a record may have/make alternative arrangements for support.

Failure to meet the required standard

The pass mark for undergraduate programmes (diploma, degree) is 40 on the 100 point scale.
The pass mark for postgraduate programmes (postgraduate diploma, Masters degree) is 50 on the 100 point scale.


Please note that fail letters are not posted to students, they can be downloaded from MOLE on the publication day along with the grade/feedback

Failure at 1st attempt

Students will receive correspondence from the School outlining their progress to date, and implications on their programme, if they are unsuccessful at a 1st attempt.
Students are advised to seek further tutorial support and may be offered a learning contract to facilitate their further development and achievement, and a new submission/examination date will be set by the Board of Examiners.

Failure at 2nd attempt

Students will receive correspondence from the School advising them that they have exhausted all opportunities at that assignment/examination, and are therefore ineligible to receive an academic award for the programme of study they are currently registered for.

Failure to Attend/ Failure to Submit

If you cannot attend a unit (see attendance requirements) for which you have been registered, you should withdraw from the unit and confirm this in writing (Please see 3.19). If you do not do this, your two attempts at the assessment will be published as “Fail to Submit” and you will then be deemed to have failed your programme of study. This can affect future study at the University of Sheffield.

Failure to attend or submit work will be notified to NHS South Yorkshire and Humber/East Midlands, if appropriate, and they may wish to take further action.

Right of Appeal

If you disagree with an academic decision and would like to apply for a reconsideration of a recommended grade, you have the right to appeal.  Following notification of the decision of the Committee, you have 14 days in which to appeal against this, if you so wish. This will involve a complete re-hearing of the case by the Appeals Committee of the Senate.

Details on appeals are available the Students Services website https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/complaints-and-appeals/appeals

Appeals procedure

Details for appeals are available at Student Services or via their web page at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/complaints-and-appeals

Withdrawal from a unit/programme

If you wish to withdraw from a unit or programme you are advised to:

  • Check this is satisfactory with whoever is funding your study.
  • Email the Programme Coordinator stating that you are withdrawing and, where possible, state the unit/programme codes and/or titles.

You are advised that failure to submit an assignment or writing to say that the assignment will not be submitted is NOT acceptable as a substitute for notification of withdrawal.

Degree Classification

Undergraduate Programmes
Students undertaking the Degree programme will receive an overall classification. The grades awarded for all coursework apart from those identified in the specific module/programme handbook contribute to the classification of your degree.

The procedures for determining classification can be found at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/ssid/exams/classification

Some BMedSci programmes, particularly those that do not have a level two component, will have classifications calculated using the weighted mean score of level three work.

For an honours degree you will need 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6. The level 6 credits must all have been achieved at the University of Sheffield (With APEL permitted as per regulations. Please contact Tracey Pacan (t.m.pacan@sheffield.ac.uk) for further information.

In some case a non honours degree may be awarded if you achieve 120 credits at level 5 and 60 credits at level 6 with all credit must being achieved at the University of Sheffield. (With APEL permitted as per regulations).

Please Note: Work submitted for AP(E)L is not given a mark and will therefore not contribute to the overall classification.

Post Graduate Programmes
The award of postgraduate degrees is governed by regulations to be found at:
http://calendar.dept.shef.ac.uk/calendar/06e_gen_regs_for_higher_degrees.pdf

Receiving your Diploma/Degree Certificates

If you complete sufficient modules, you will receive a University Diploma/Degree.

After your Diploma/Degree results have been finally ratified, your details are sent to the University's Ceremonies Office and progression to the conferment of your award is no longer within the remit of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Ceremonies Office use the address they have on the University's central computer to contact you before the conferment ceremony. They will write to you giving you the option of either attending the ceremony or receiving your certificate through the post. The ceremonies take place in July and January, so it may be a substantial period of time after handing in your last piece of work before you hear anything.

It is therefore ESSENTIAL to ensure that we have your correct address. This must also be an address that will be safe to receive post for many months after you complete your course. If you think you might move, it might be a good idea to give the University a relative's or friend's address rather than your current address after your course is finished.

If you wish to ring the Ceremonies Office, the Student Enquires number is (0114) 222 8893.