Senate Regulations for Aegrotat and Posthumous Awards

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					      Senate Regulations for Aegrotat and Posthumous Awards

AEGROTAT AWARDS

1.     Should a candidate be prevented by illness or other medical reasons from
       completing final examinations or other final assessments of a programme,
       the Examining Board, having considered the relevant evidence (which
       should include satisfactory medical certification) may recommend to the
       Awards Committee via the Director of Registry, Governance and Students
       that an Aegrotat award be made.

2.     In doing so, the Examining Board should be satisfied that the candidate's
       prior performance shows on the balance of probabilities that he/she would
       have passed but for the illness/event which occurred. The Awards
       Committee should be satisfied that the candidate is unlikely to be able to
       return to complete his/her study at a later date within a reasonable period.

3.     The Chair of the Examining Board shall require the candidate to confirm in
       writing that s/he is willing to accept an Aegrotat award. The student's signed
       confirmation of willingness to accept an Aegrotat award shall be presented
       by the Chair of the Examining Board with the recommendation to the
       Awards Committee for an Aegrotat award.

4.     Where the student is unwilling to do so, the Examining Board shall seek any
       appropriate extension to the student's candidature and permit the candidate
       to complete the examinations/assessments in question accordingly.

5.     An Aegrotat degree, diploma or certificate shall be unclassified and, in all
       other respects, un-graded. An Aegrotat award does not necessarily entitle
       the holder to registration with a professional body, or exemption from the
       requirements of any professional qualification, or progression to another
       academic programme or another stage of a programme which might
       otherwise be associated with the programme of study or award concerned.

6.     No candidate shall be exempted from submitting and defending a research
       thesis or from presenting a Master's dissertation (or equivalent presentation)
       where such is required. It follows, therefore, that Examining Boards may not
       recommend the award of Aegrotat research degrees, and that Aegrotat
       taught Master's degrees may be awarded only where the work done for the
       dissertation can be examined. This requirement does not prevent the
       issuing to the candidate of any relevant award which might be made in
       respect of study completed previously.

POSTHUMOUS AWARDS

1.     INITIAL DEGREES

       An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee via the
       Director of Registry, Governance and Students that the award of a
       posthumous degree be made where a candidate has died:

1.1    after the completion of a programme of study, but before all of the required
       summative assessments have been completed.
        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in the summative assessments completed and in any formative
        assessments completed.

1.2     after the completion of a programme of study, but before taking any of the
        required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in any formative assessments completed.

1.3     before completing a programme of study, provided that:

1.3.1   the candidate has achieved no fewer than two thirds of the credits required,
        at the appropriate levels, prior to death; and

1.3.2   the candidate has completed at least one semester or one term (as
        appropriate to the Programme) in the final year of study prior to death.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in any summative or formative assessments completed.

2.      GRADUATE DIPLOMAS AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATES DIPLOMAS
        OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATES OF HIGHER EDUCATION

        An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee, via the
        Director of Registry, Governance and Students that a posthumous award be
        made where a candidate has died prior to completion of a programme of
        study and:

2.1     after completion of the taught element of the programme, where the
        candidate has taken some of the required summative assessments, but has
        died before completion of all of the required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in the completed summative assessments and any completed
        formative assessments.

2.2     after completion of the taught element of the programme of study, but prior
        to taking any of the required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the evidence available.

2.3     prior to completion of the taught element of the programme.
        In such a case, provided that the candidate has completed two-thirds of the
        programme of study, the Examining Board shall consider the evidence
        available to it.

3.      POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH DEGREES

        An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee via the
        Director of Registry, Governance and Students that the award of a
        posthumous degree be made where a candidate has died:
3.1     after the thesis has been examined, or submitted for examination, but before
        the oral examination (where required) can be held.
        In such a case, the Board shall consider the work presented and, provided
        that it is satisfied that the work is the candidate's own (by means of the
        receipt of reports from the Head of School and the supervisor), may decide
        to recommend that an award be made.

3.2     before submitting the thesis.

        In such a case, the Board shall consider available evidence of the research
        work completed by the candidate. Normally, such evidence shall be
        supplied by the candidate's supervisor, who shall also submit a report for
        consideration by the examiners. The Head of the School concerned shall
        also submit an argued recommendation regarding the award of the degree.
        The following criteria must also be satisfied:

3.2.1   enough of the research project must have been completed to allow a proper
        assessment to be made of the scope of the thesis;

3.2.2   the standard of the research work completed must be of that normally
        required for the award of the degree in question, and must demonstrate the
        candidate's grasp of the subject;

3.2.3   the written material available (draft chapters, published work, work prepared
        for publication, presentations to conferences/seminars, progress reports by
        the candidate for his/her school/institution/sponsor) must demonstrate the
        candidate's ability to write a thesis of the required standard.

4.      TAUGHT MASTER'S DEGREES

4.1     TAUGHT STAGE

        An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee via the
        Director of Registry, Governance and Students that the posthumous award
        of a Postgraduate Diploma to a candidate for a Master's degree programme
        may be made (regardless of whether a or Postgraduate Diploma has been
        approved for the programme in question) where a candidate has died:

4.1.1   after completion of the taught element of the programme, where the
        candidate has passed all of the required examinations, but has died before
        commencing the Master's dissertation.

4.1.2   after completion of the taught element of the programme, where the
        candidate has taken some of the required summative assessments, but has
        died before completion of all of the required summative assessments.
        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in the completed summative assessments and in any formative
        assessments submitted.

4.1.3   after completion of the taught element of the programme of study, but prior
        to taking any of the required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the evidence available.

4.1.4   prior to completion of the taught element of the programme of study.

        In such a case, provided that the candidate has completed two-thirds of a
        one-year programme (or the equivalent proportion of a longer programme)
        the Examining Board shall consider the evidence available to it.
4.2     DISSERTATION STAGE

        An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee that the
        award of a posthumous degree be made where a candidate has died before
        the submission of a dissertation, provided that the Board is able to consider
        available evidence of the research work completed by the candidate.
        Normally, such evidence shall be supplied by the candidate's supervisor,
        who shall also submit a report for consideration by the examiners. The
        Head of the School concerned shall also submit an argued recommendation
        regarding the award of the degree. The following criteria must be satisfied
        before the Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee via
        the Director of Registry, Governance and Students that the award of a
        posthumous degree be made:

4.2.1   enough of the research project must have been completed to allow a proper
        assessment to be made of the scope of the dissertation;

4.2.2   the standard of the research work completed must be of that normally
        required for the award of the degree in question, and must demonstrate the
        candidate's grasp of the subject;

4.2.3   the written material available (draft chapters, published work, work prepared
        for publication, presentations to conferences/seminars, progress reports by
        the candidate for his/her school/institution/sponsor) must demonstrate the
        candidate's ability to write a dissertation of the required standard.

4.3     THE AWARD OF POSTHUMOUS POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATES AND
        DIPLOMAS

        An Examining Board may recommend to the Awards Committee via the
        Director of Registry, Governance and Students that the award of a
        posthumous postgraduate certificate or diploma be made where a candidate
        has died prior to completion of an approved programme, as follows:

4.3.1   after completion of the taught element of the programme, where the
        candidate has taken some of the required summative assessments, but has
        died before completion of all of the required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the candidate's
        performance in the completed summative assessments and in any formative
        assessments submitted.

4.3.2   after completion of the taught element of the programme of study, but prior
        to taking any of the required summative assessments.

        In such a case, the Examining Board shall consider the evidence available.

4.3.3   prior to completion of the taught element of the programme.

        In such a case, provided that the candidate has completed two-thirds of a
        one-year programme (or the equivalent proportion of a longer programme),
        the Examining Board shall consider the evidence available to it.

				
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