Academic Alerts are a way of helping students who are having trouble coping with their studies; such as missing deadlines for handing in work, or missing compulsory tutorials. The aim of the Alert system is to help students by flagging up problems before they seriously affect students’ grades. Academic Alerts will be issued by email from the Director of Teaching, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Module Coordinator or School administrator and will tell students what is wrong and what they are required to do (e.g. attend classes in future). The Alerts will also tell students what support the University can offer. If students do not take the action required they may receive another Alert, and in some cases may eventually get a grade of zero and fail that module if they do not complete enough of the module’s compulsory elements to be awarded credit. The system is designed to help and support students in order to remedy any problems or issues before these lead to failing a module. Alerts will never appear on a student’s permanent transcript. For more information on Academic Alerts and details on how the categories work, see the University policy on Academic Alerts and the Student Guidance on the Policy on Academic Alerts.
Starting in 2018-19, monitoring of attendance at compulsory academic activities will be implemented more uniformly across Schools. The details will vary as appropriate to individual subjects, with a minimum of four attendance checks per semester for each student. Failure to attend a compulsory module element will, as before, result in issue of an Academic Alert ABSENCE.
More uniform monitoring will help Student Services intervene to offer support where students show patterns of low engagement, and help the University to fulfil its legal obligation to monitor academic engagement by students studying on Tier 4 visas.