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No 6589

Monday 28 September 2020

Vol cli No 1

pp. 1–10

Notices by the General Board

Examinations, 2020–21

24 September 2020

As part of the University’s COVID‑19 contingency planning, the General Board’s Education Committee is currently making preparations to ensure that assessment can take place in 2020–21 should in‑person examinations not be possible. The Education Committee has requested information from Faculties and Departments on their proposed methods of assessment. The Education Committee will review those assessment plans in October 2020, in consultation with the Senior Tutors’ Committee, and publish approved plans later in the Michaelmas Term 2020. Owing to the ongoing social distancing requirements, the General Board expects to exercise the authority granted by temporary regulations approved by Graces 20–25 of 29 July 2020 in relation to assessments taking place over the 2020–21 academic year. This will provide certainty for students and University and College staff about the arrangements for assessment over that period.

Over the next few weeks, the General Board, acting through its Education Committee’s Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee, plans to publish Notices about temporary changes to examination regulations that will take effect for the duration of this academic year, together with Notices concerning permanent changes to examination regulations with effect from 1 October 2020, the publication of which was delayed by the disruption caused by the pandemic. The General Board has agreed to waive any General Board Regulations concerning the dates by which those Notices are to be published, provided that the Academic Standards and Enhancement Committee is satisfied that the changes do not affect candidates’ achievement of agreed learning outcomes.