- University Examinations
The University examinations are listed in the first schedule to these regulations. Except for regulation 11 the following regulations shall not apply to examinations shown in Section A of the first schedule.
- Responsibility for Organising Examinations
The examinations listed in the first schedule to these regulations shall be organised centrally by Student and Academic Administration in so far as these examinations involve formal written examination, including computer-assisted assessment (CAA) tests. Other examinations are organised by those Schools which require them. The Examinations Office will provide dates for practical examinations held by the Centre for Language Study.
The examinations scheduling process will be determined by the following constraints and sequenced as follows:
- Candidates should have no more than 3 consecutive examinations followed by a break.
- Finalists' examinations are given second priority except where advised otherwise by the Faculty Operating Officer or nominated deputy.
- Examinations which have to be tabled concurrently are given third priority.
- Requests for specific dates/times are then scheduled; these will be met wherever possible.
Whenever it may be necessary for a candidate to take an examination paper in Southampton in other than a centrally-held examination room, or at a different time from centrally organised examinations, the Dean or nominated deputy must detail a member of the academic staff to deliver the question paper, collect the script and make such other arrangements including invigilation as may be necessary.
A candidate required to take referrals or to repeat as an external student, either during the supplementary examination period (August-September) or as an external student in the semester 1 and semester 2 examinations, may opt to sit those examinations off-campus subject to approval from their Dean or nominated deputy and payment of an administration fee (see 'Fees, Charges and Expenses, All Students, paragraphs 9/10'). These examinations must take place at a British Council venue unless there are exceptional circumstances. The candidate will also be required to sign a University confidentiality agreement. Students in normal attendance at the University will not normally be allowed to take semester 1 or semester 2 examinations anywhere other than at the University of Southampton campuses.
- Preparation and Printing of Examination Papers
Each School is required to provide the Examinations Office with a list of all question papers to be set for the examinations which are organised centrally, together with the name and telephone number of the Author of each paper. Examinations that are administered electronically using the University's central CAA service will be delivered according to the CAA Policy and Procedures documents published by iSolutions.
All examination papers will be printed by schools and must be submitted to the Examinations Office by the deadline published by Student and Academic Administration. Schools will be responsible for any reprints that may be required.
The question papers for the following examinations shall be printed, except for papers for supplementary examinations held in August/September:
All University examinations (First Schedule)
A printed copy and an electronic copy (in Word or PDF format where available) of every printed examination paper shall be deposited at the University Library by Schools. Spare copies will be returned to Schools at the end of the examination period.
Papers that use objective items (eg: multiple-choice questions), including CAA tests, will not be made available as specified above unless this is specifically requested by the School. Schools shall keep copies of the questions for record purposes; all other unused copies shall be destroyed.
When multiple-choice question papers form part of an examination paper, they shall be set out on a separate sheet.
Deans are responsible for ensuring that the law relating to copyright is complied with in the production of examination papers and associated material.
For the purpose of this regulation `printing' includes reproduction by lithography or photocopier.
- Student Entry for Supplementary Examinations
A candidate taking a supplementary examination is liable for a re-examination fee, and may be liable for an administration fee, as set out in the Fees Regulations.
Whenever any candidate for an examination has not satisfied course requirements or other requirements laid down in Ordinances and regulations (see Ordinance 7.3 section 6), the Dean concerned shall notify the Examinations Office that this candidate's script may not be marked.
- Responsibility of Members of Academic Staff during the Examination Period
The School Examination Officer (or an authorised deputy) must be available during the whole of the examination period in case of queries, and must inform the Examinations Office of all relevant telephone numbers. He/she must remain on campus until each day's examinations have been concluded, including those held on Saturdays. School Examination Officers must obtain names and telephone numbers of all paper authors and ensure that they are on campus when their papers are being sat, including Saturdays.
- Conduct of Examinations Organised Centrally
The Examinations Office will appoint exam invigilators for each examination room and issue instructions to them.
Deans or tutors must refer any students with additional examination requirements to one of the three Education Support Services (Dyslexia Services, Enabling Services and the Counselling Service) for screening and review. The Education Support service concerned will provide up-to-date information via Banner of any specific arrangement to be made for the student. No special arrangements will be made unless the Examinations Office is so informed by the given deadline of end of University Teaching week 10 for arrangements for the semester 1 examinations, and end of University teaching week 22 for semester 2 examination arrangements. Teaching weeks are as laid down in the University Almanac.
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. All students must now use the University-approved calculator, Casio FX85, stamped with the University logo (please note that the old dolphin logo will also be acceptable). Calculators without the logo will not be accepted. Calculators may only be purchased from the Student Union Shop at Highfield; Ocean and Earth Sciences students should contact their School Office direct. Calculators must be as bought and show only 3 modes; any that are found to have been tampered with to enable more modes will be confiscated and a report made to the Head of School.
Candidates may use dictionaries only if the rubric allows or the candidate brings to the examination room a letter from their tutor permitting the use of a specified dictionary.
Normally no candidate will be permitted to enter the examination room more than half an hour after an examination has begun (fifteen minutes in the case of a CAA test) or to leave the room during the first half hour (fifteen minutes in the case of a CAA test), or the last fifteen minutes of the time allowed for the examination.
If it appears that a candidate, through circumstances beyond his/her control, deserves extra time in which to complete a paper, such extra time may be allowed only at the discretion of the Dean or his/her deputy who will arrange for invigilation during the extra time.
Any candidate using or attempting to use unfair means to gain advantage in an examination, or any candidate suspected of cheating, will be required by the invigilator to hand in all their written work and to resume writing in a new examination answer book.
A candidate whom the invigilator believes to be guilty of any other form of misbehaviour, including cheating in a CAA test, may be asked by the invigilator to leave the room at once. The scripts of any such candidate will be sent to the Dean with a full report of the incident of suspected cheating or other form of misbehaviour, which will also be sent to the Director of Student and Academic Administration.
- Distribution of Scripts of Examinations Organised Centrally
Scripts may be collected by the examiner or by a person authorised by the Dean, either from the examination room or the Examinations Office. All scripts of a single examination paper must be collected by one person, including papers sat by students with Additional Requirements. The person collecting scripts shall count the number of scripts in the examination envelope and sign a receipt showing the number of scripts collected. During the main examination period scripts will be available during office hours (or later by prior arrangement). In the case of CAA tests that are administered centrally with iSolutions, candidates' answers are sent to a central database electronically and the results are collected electronically by the School.
- Retention of Examination Scripts
This regulation shall apply to the examinations listed in the first schedule other than sessional examinations:
- The School must ensure that, subject to (b) below, all written work, including examination scripts, essays, laboratory books, etc., submitted for examination shall be kept for at least 28 days after the course ends and the award to which it contributes is made. The results of centrally-run CAA tets should be retained by the School in the same way.
- The School may permit the return of any work other than examination scripts to candidates, provided that the Head of School is satisfied that the material is required to assist in further studies or employment, and provided that the candidates concerned accept responsibility for ensuring that, in case of need, it remains available to the University as required above.
- Examination Records
Detailed records of candidates' performance in examinations shall be kept by Schools for a minimum of ten years. Schools shall report to the Senate the names of all candidates who successfully complete an examination leading directly to a University qualification, and of those candidates recommended to be awarded a qualification without having completed the examination. Schools must report to Senate any recommendation for termination of course following failure of an examination. In order to facilitate successful certification of awards, Schools shall update the Banner record to reflect the results of final examinations as soon as these are known.
- Publication of Examination Results
Schools are responsible for informing candidates of examination results, subject to confirmation by Senate in the case of results leading directly to a University qualification. Schools shall report the results of the September supplementary examinations to the Director of Student and Academic Administration not later than the Monday of the penultimate week of the vacation, and shall at the same time inform the candidates concerned of their results.
A. All examinations for the degrees of Doctor, Master of Surgery and Master of Philosophy.
B. The following examinations for other Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates:
All examinations for unit courses in the Faculty
The examinations for the University Certificate
The examinations for the Foundation Degree (Arts)
All examinations for the Engineering, Physics and Geophysics Foundation Year
The examinations for the Foundation Diploma in Health Care
The first, second, third and (where applicable) fourth year examinations for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in the Social Sciences, Bachelor of Laws
The examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine
The examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Midwifery
The examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing
The examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Nursing Studies
The examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Specialist Nursing Practice
The examinations for the degree of Master of Biomedical Sciences
All exdaminations for the degrees of Master of Chemistry, Master of Engineering, Master of Geology, Master of Geophysics, Master of Mathematics, Master of Oceanography, Master of Physics
The examinations for the Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education of the University of Southampton
All examinations for the degree of Master of Science (Social Sciences), Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Arts (Education), Master of Economics, Master of Science (Education), Master of Laws, Master of Arts (Criminal Justice), Master of Business Administration, Master of Research
The examinations for the Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Southampton and related Postgraduate Certificates
The examination for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education
The examination for the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies
The examinations for the Certificate in Mathematics and for the Certificate of Proficiency in Languages