Attendance and Absence
- Attendance is crucial to academic success
- Please report any absence to the correct University department
- For international students, failure to attend can result in loss of their visa
Attendance is very important, however if you absolutely have to miss some of your timetabled activities, here’s what you need to do:
- For absences of fewer than 10 working days email your course leader and/or your module leaders. You should also inform your Advice Zone.
- For absences of 10 days or more please request an authorisation of absence.
- If your absence might affect your academic performance, you should read up about Extenuating Circumstances in case you need to make a claim.
- In some cases, students can request to suspend their studies for a year.
What’s in it for me?
Research comparing performance among students of different levels of attendance has shown the following benefits:
- Higher grades
- Greater chance of passing assessments
- Opportunities to improve your personal skills and soft skills
- Familiarisation with the views of others, which helps shape your arguments/knowledge
- The whole summer to relax: no resits!
What you lose by not being in class
Conversely, poor attendance has been shown to pose serious risks to students’ performance:
- Poorer grades
- Higher risks of failure
- Limited knowledge of course materials: Blackboard cannot fully replicate the vital input from tutors in class
- Higher likelihood of having to resit coursework and/or exams in the summer
- Lower chances of completion within three years and consequently more debt and financial repercussions
- The University can withdraw students for lack of engagement on their course, including non-attendance.
Attendance monitoring for international students
If you are an international, non-EU student, studying on a Tier 4 visa, you will be required to report regularly to the University in order that we can confirm to the Home Office that you are actively engaged in your studies.
As well as making sure that you attend classes and submit assignments on time, you will be required to scan your attendance every 7 days – please see the Tier 4 visa attendance monitoring page for information.