Compensation

The University approved changes to compensation which came into effect on a phased basis from 2013/14.
These changes have been phased in over three years and no modules taken in 2015/16 are eligible for compensation.

Timetable of changes to compensation

There are three key phases planned to implement the changes to compensation:
Phase 1 (from September 2013/14) - COMPLETE
Phase 2 (from September 2014/15) - COMPLETE
Phase 3 (from September 2015/16)
From September 2015/16, no modules registered for and taken in 2015/16 and onwards will not be eligible for compensation

An E grade received for any level 3 module registered for and taken in 2014/15 or earlier, that is eligible for compensation, will still be eligible for compensation this year and onwards.

FAQ

What is compensation?
An E grade is a failing grade; however, in some circumstances this E grade can change to a PC (Passed by Compensation) grade. This means that a student’s other passing grades can be used to bring the grade up to a pass overall.

What happens to an E grade I received in a previous year?
An E grade that was eligible to compensate when you took the module will still be eligible to compensate this year, even though modules taken for the first time this year will not be eligible for compensation.

What happens if I didn't complete my stage in 2014/15?
Modules will be deemed eligible for compensation based on their level and the academic year in which they were taken. For example, if you attempted 30 credits towards a stage in 2014/15, and complete the stage attempt in 2015/16, any level 3 modules which received an E grade last year will be eligible for compensation, while any modules registered for and taken in 2015/16 will not be eligible for compensation.

Will I be able to progress if I am carrying E grades?
Full-time students are allowed to progress carrying up to 10 failed credits in a stage. Uncompensated E grades will be treated in the same way as other failing grades. If you have failed 10 credits within a stage, you may be eligible to progress. If you have failed 15 credits within a stage, if these fails include uncompensated E grades, you will be unable to progress to the next stage and will have to repeat/resit all failed modules.

What happens if I got an IX in a module in 2014/15?
If you got an IX grade for a module from Level 3 in 2014/15 and are awarded an E grade when your remediation is complete, this module will be eligible for compensation as you were registered to it in 2014/15. If the module is from Levels 0, 1, 2, 4 or 5, it will not be eligible for compensation.

What happens if I got E grades in a level 2 module and a level 3 module in 2014/15?
In 2014/15, a level 3 module was eligible for compensation, although the level 2 module was not. The level of the module dictates whether compensation is possible.

What if I took a level 1 module as part of stage 3 in 2014/15?
Level 1 modules taken as part of Stage 3 in 2014/15 are not eligible to compensate. The level of the module, rather than the stage assignment, will be considered for compensation.

My masters programme is one stage and part-time across last year 2014/15 and this year 2015/16; how does compensation work for me?
Any modules from levels 3 taken last year 2014/15 will be eligible for compensation at the end of the programme, while any modules taken this year 2015/16 will not be eligible for compensation.

What happens if I have level 3 modules as core modules on my programme this year?
Modules will be considered eligible for compensation based on their level and the academic year in which they were taken. A level 3 module that is core to your programme in 2015/16 will not be eligible for compensation.

Can I compensate some of my option modules this year?
Modules will be considered eligible for compensation based on their level and the academic year in which they were taken. Modules taken in 2015/16 are not eligible for compensation, whether they are taken as core, option modules or as in-programme electives.