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Absence from classes and attendance requirements

When you register you tick a box on the Student System to indicate your agreement to follow University of Manchester regulations. These require you to attend all classes organised for you. You are also required to complete and submit all written work at the times specified by the Course Co-ordinators. The only reason for non-attendance is on health or compassionate grounds. If you miss a class (lecture or seminar/workshop/lab) you must follow the procedure outlined below, and you will nevertheless be expected to prepare adequately for the next class of that course. In the event of injury or illness likely to lead to absence for any appreciable time you must also inform your Academic Advisor and the Student Support and Guidance Team (studentsupport.ambs@manchester.ac.uk Tel: 0161 306 3502/8989

Please refer to the University's Regulation XX for full information about attendance requirements:

Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of students

Your attendance will be recorded and monitored and, if considered unsatisfactory, you will be warned at an early stage and given the opportunity to improve. If there is no improvement, and you persistently fail to meet the School's attendance requirements, the University has the power to refuse permission for you to take the relevant examinations with the consequence that you will be excluded from the Programme.

Your record of attendance will be taken into account if your examination results are marginal, or if you have medical or other special circumstances affecting your examination performance. You should not expect to be shown sympathy by the Board of Examiners if your record shows indifferent attendance.

What to do if you cannot attend one or more Alliance MBS classes

  1. You should refer to the 'My Assessment' section in this Handbook on 'Mitigating Circumstances', which provides information on the certification needed for both short-term and prolonged illnesses which might affect your attendance at classes and/or your completion of assessment - either coursework or examinations.
  2. For absences of less than one week: If you are unable to attend any of your classes - seminars, tutorials, workshops, labs or lectures - because of illness or other good reason you should complete an 'Absence from Class' form (also available from AMBSE D20) within one week of your absence and return it to the Student Support and Guidance Team in AMBSE/D20. Please note that a medical certificate is not required in addition to the Absence from Class form for absences of less than one week.
  3. For absences of more than one week due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must attach suitable supporting evidence (e.g. a medical certificate) to your completed 'Absence from Class' form. You should also notify the Course Co-ordinator(s) concerned.
  4. Unless the above procedure is followed, no allowances will be made by Boards of Examiners.
  5. Students who fail to attend for or submit a formal assessment (such as a class test, an examination or piece of assessed coursework) should follow the procedure indicated in the 'My Assessment' section of this Handbook on 'Assessment absence or coursework submission issues'.

Unsatisfactory progress

  1. Students' attendance at all classes is compulsory and recorded and monitored across seminars, tutorials, labs and workshops. Spot checks across lectures may also be undertaken each year.  Alliance MBS will take action in response to absences - see below.

  2. If, in either semester, your attendance has been deemed to be unsatisfactory, you will be contacted by the  Student Support and Guidance Team and asked to provide an explanation of your absences unless you have already submitted medical evidence (in the form of a doctor's certificate or the 'Absence from Class' form). Failure to respond to this request to contact the Student Support  and Guidance Team is a serious matter, so students must ensure that they check their University e-mail accounts each day during teaching periods.

  3. If you fail to respond to the request from the  Student Support and Guidance Team your Academic Advisor will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your situation and possible ways to improve your attendance.
  4. If you receive a warning letter and fail to comply with the requirements laid down in it, Alliance MBS's Director of Undergraduate Studies will issue a letter of refusal, which will exclude you from formal assessment and thus terminate your degree programme.
  5. If you are refused permission to take an examination or other form of assessment on the grounds of unsatisfactory attendance you may submit an appeal against that decision within 10 working days of notification of the decision in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XIX (Academic Appeals).

Students on joint programmes

Students on joint programmes are required to follow the attendance regulations operated by their 'home/registering School'. The same applies for students on Alliance MBS programmes taking non 'BMAN' courses in other Schools, i.e. you are required to follow the procedure as set out above.