Your Department monitors your attendance, academic engagement and progress in order to offer you appropriate academic and pastoral support and to identify where support from outside the department may be necessary.
The activities at which your attendance is monitored may vary depending upon the discipline in which you are studying. It is your responsibility to complete any attendance register that is circulated and to make sure that your attendance has been noted.
It is important that you attend all the learning activities related to your programme of study. Whilst attendance is compulsory at all learning activities it is recognised that emergencies may occur at any time throughout the year and therefore a minimum attendance level will have been set by your department. You should also be aware that there may be some courses which you study which have a specific course attendance requirement.
Inadequate engagement on a course may lead to disciplinary action which can result in the termination of your registration.
In recognition of its legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, the College may adjust the attendance requirement. It will only do this when such adjustment does not compromise competence standards or the ability of the student to reach the learning outcomes of the course. Any need to adjust attendance requirements will be treated case by case and discussed by the department with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Office and the Academic Quality and Policy Office.
If you face difficulty in attending any classes or undertaking an assessment it is your responsibility to inform the department(s) in which you are studying and provide a satisfactory explanation. As long as you are meticulous in your honesty in reporting and explaining these exceptions, we aim to be understanding in our response.
If you are having other problems that are causing you to miss classes, you should talk to your Personal Adviser, year tutor or another member of staff, or visit the Support and Advisory Service or Students’ Union before your problems get out of control. There are many people who can provide support but remember - they cannot help if you do not ask.
You must manage your time so that any paid employment, voluntary or other activities fit into the times when you are not required to be in a class. You are reminded that the Academic Regulations stipulate that the amount of paid work undertaken by a student enrolled with the College on a full-time basis shall not exceed 20 hours per week during term time. No student may undertake paid work which may conflict with his/her responsibilities as a student of the College.