If you’re considering applying for an IMC for an assessment during the August supplementary assessment period in 2019/2020 please read through our recommendations below, to help highlight some of the key updates to the process you need to know and the help available to you.
*Firstly please do ensure you’ve read and noted down all of the information about how to prepare for your assessments on this page. There is essential preparation you need to do including ensuring you format your assessment correctly and use the file path they require you to, as well as key support guidance and services to access. This may help you avoid needing to do an IMC at a later date.
Understanding and applying for an IMC - Supplementary assessment period, August - Sept 19-20 arrangements:
1. Read through the updated University guidance on Assessments and IMCs:
The university have published key guidance on the supplementary assessment period here, which includes a section entitled ‘Should I attempt my assessments now.’ This links to this page detailing their ‘No detriment measures’ and their stance on IMCs. We recommend reading through this and seeing how this applies to you.
In essence, their no-detriment measures include a Covid-19 disruption mitigation to all student assessment decisions. However, if, you are significantly impacted by either a Covid-19 or non Covid-19 issue (including the strikes), you can apply for an IMC. Your IMC will then allow you to ‘flag’ your issue to your department, who can then see what advice and support you may need, signpost you to key support services, discuss your options with you and can help form evidence it may be useful to have recorded.
*Please note this IMC does not currently provide an additional level of mitigation to your assessment, but as above should provide you with:
- An opportunity to discuss your support needs and assessment options,
- An opportunity to evidence the impact on you, that later may help form evidence needed.
2. Consider whether you want to seek further advice to the written guidance on IMCs:
We recommend speaking to your department in order to understand fully how the no-detriment and safety net measures cover you.
Further University advice and help is detailed here, which includes an online form you can fill in and an assessments telephone helpline you can contact: +44 (0) 1225 387500.
You can also speak with the SU Advice and Support Centre, who can:
- Discuss your circumstances with you,
- Talk through your options and the support available,
- Support you through the IMC process (e.g. provide guidance on what information to include and review your form before you submit it).
3. Guidance on submitting an IMC:
The University Reporting IMCs page details the usual IMC process and what you need to do. We recommend reading the ‘What is an IMC’ document, as above if you have any queries regarding your circumstances and/or how to do an IMC, please speak with the SU Advice and Support Centre.
The form can be found on the page above and here.
IMC application - Key steps to follow:
- Complete the form - Outline your circumstances, the context and facts of the situation. Then how the issues have affected your performance including details about the impact on revision and assessment/s for you.
- *You do not need to provide formal evidence (in this Semester 2, 19/20 period) – Therefore you don’t need to complete this section of the form and can submit without attached evidence, outlining your circumstances on the form will suffice.
- Request feedback from SU Advice and Support Centre (optional) – Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed form and we’ll review and provide recommendations to help you communicate your circumstances wherever possible.
- *Please try to do this with as much notice as possible to ensure we’re able to review the form for you in time, ideally 2 days’ notice to your IMC deadline.
- Submit to your DOS within 3-working days – Email your form to your Director of Studies within 3-working days after each assessment deadline, or any time before.
- Keep a record – File the email and form in a safe place, so you can revisit it should you need to.
- Access the support you need – The IMC form is one element of the IMC process, it’s also an opportunity for you to speak to your department and services that can provide support to you wherever you may need. There are various support services detailed on the Advice and Help page, including the Wellbeing Service and the SU Advice and Support Centre.