Exam timetable

April/May Examination Timetable

April/May 2022 Exam Timetable - to be published on 22 March 2022 

August Examination Timetable

August 2022 Exam Timetable - To Be Confirmed

Assessment Type Descriptions

Exam type definitions

All of the exam types have set dates, and some have set hours.

Note: exam times are in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)/UTC (Universal Time) and take Summer time (GMT+1/UTC+1) into account when appropriate.

Assessment Type 

Summary

Timeframe

Description 

Open exam
within 24 hours

To be completed at any point within 24 hours of start day and time

24 hours

The paper will be released at a specified day and time and then is available for 24 hours. The exam can be started at any time during the 24-hour period. Students should aim to spend no more time than that indicated on the exam paper. Students must complete and upload answers within the 24-hour exam period.

Example:
This means that if you are taking a 2-hour exam, the exam is designed to be completed within that timeframe and it will not necessarily help you achieve better grades if you take any longer than the time indicated on the exam paper. Note there may be individual alterations for additional time as assessed by the Disability Service (these must still be submitted before the 24-hour period is over).

Timed exam
within 24 hours

To be completed within a timed period chosen by student within 24 hours of start day and time

Duration of exam

The paper will be released at a specified day and time and then is available for 24 hours. The exam can be started at any time during the 24-hour period. A timer will start when the student begins the exam. Students must complete and upload answers both within the timed period specified, and within the 24-hour exam period. The exam timer will not continue past the end of the 24-hour exam period, so students should start the exam as early as possible within the 24-hour period.

Example:
This means that if you are taking an exam stated as 2 hours long, you will have a 2-hour timed period in which to complete it from the moment you start. Where uploading of files is required you will have an additional 30 minutes to upload your answer files. Make sure to start with plenty of time to complete the exam within the 24-hour exam period, so for example you should begin a 2-hour exam at least 2.5 hours before the end of the 24-hour period (and preferably earlier). The exam is designed to be completed within the 2 hour period specified on the exam paper. Note there may be individual alterations for additional time as assessed by the Disability Service (these must still be submitted before the 24-hour period is over).

Timed exam -
fixed start time

To be completed within a fixed and timed period beginning at the start day and time

Duration of exam

The exam will have a fixed start time and duration. Students must complete and upload answers within the time specified.

Example:
This means that if you are taking an exam stated as 2 hours long with a fixed start time, you must start it at the set start time stated in the exam timetable and will have a 2-hour window in which to complete it. Where uploading of files is required you will have an additional 30 minutes to upload your answer files. Note there may be individual alterations for additional time as assessed by the Disability Service.

Seen Exam - 24 hours to submit

To be submitted from pre-seen questions at any point within 24 hours of start day and time

24 hours

The questions will be released prior to the date of the exam by the School (who will confirm the release date). Note as this type of exam is designed for deeper answers which might require referencing and/or have a word count limit, further guidance about the nature of these exams will be given by your School prior to the exam or as part of the exam paper. Following the instructions on the exam paper, students will then have the entirety of the 24-hour period from the scheduled start time of the exam to upload their answers.

Example:
This exam type does not have any specified time to complete it. Instead, you are given the exam questions before the date of submission, and you work on them in your own time up until the day on which you must submit. It is up to you when and how long you work on your answer in the time between receiving the questions and the submission date. However, working more hours will not necessarily equal better grades. You should make sure to submit your answers well before the end of the 24-hour submission period.

What to expect from your exam timetable

When are my examinations?
The majority of the University’s exams take place during the main examinations periods. However, some programmes of study require exams scheduled outside of these periods. Please contact the relevant School or Research Institute for exam dates out with the main examination periods.

When are timetables made available?
We always aim to publish the timetable 4 weeks before the exam period begins, and we will make the timetable publication date and the examination period dates available on our website at the start of each academic year.    

How do I access my timetable?
Students are notified via email when the exam timetable is published. Timetables for each School and Research Institute can be accessed on the Registry website.

Can I see my timetable sooner?
The timetable is dependent upon course enrolments, and as these vary the timetable is different every year. Students can change their enrolments until the end of week 2 of teaching, and whilst a lot of preparatory work before this date, work cannot begin to create a clash-free timetable until enrolments are finalised. 

Who sets the dates and times of my exams?
Examinations are timetabled centrally by the Registry Team, in line with University agreed guidelines. The guidelines are aimed at achieving a balance between producing reasonable student timetables, meeting requests from academic departments and taking into account room size and availability.  Exams are timetabled in GMT (UK time).

What is the timetabling policy?
You should not normally expect to sit to sit more than three examinations in two days or a morning examination the day after an evening examination. Registry will take all reasonable steps to ensure that these conditions are met, however as timetables are subject to several constraints your timetable may not always fit within these guidelines.

Why are my exams on consecutive days, or 2 exams on the same day?
Sometimes it is impossible to avoid scheduling exams on consecutive days or placing two exams in one day. This is due to a large number of students registered on courses requiring examinations during a limited period.

What happens if I have additional support and/or access arrangements for my exams?
Some students have additional support and/or access arrangements for their examinations, these arrangements are made to provide support for a disability or other personal circumstances. Requests for support are agreed by the Disability Service and added to a student’s MyCampus record.

You will find the dates of your exams in the main timetable. In addition, you will receive personalised information by email to your University account from your School’s disability coordinator.

What happens if I have temporary adjustments for my exams?
Some students have a temporary adjustment for their examinations, these arrangements are made to provide support for a temporary personal circumstance which can impact on their ability to complete an examination. In most cases these are arranged around a temporary physical injury. Requests for temporary support are agreed by the Head of School and Clerk of Senate so please contact the relevant School or Research Institute for further information.

Exam statistics
In December 2019, Registry scheduled 496 exams for 16,244 students in a 9-day period.  This equated to 41447 individual sittings or candidate instances, and 59 of the exams had between 200 and 660 candidates.