Absence and Attendance
Attendance is very important. However, if, for unavoidable reasons, you need to miss some of your timetabled activities, here’s what you need to do:
For short absences (less than 10 working days), email your course leader.
In some cases, students can request to suspend their studies for a year.
For many students, class attendance is not monitored as strictly as it would be in secondary school. That does not mean that attendance is optional – it can be crucial to your academic and personal success.
Information on this webpage forms part of our commitment in our Student Charter.
What’s in it for me?
The University has done some research comparing performance among students of different levels of attendance. We found that students with good attendance experienced the following benefits:
What you lose by not being in class
The flip side of the coin is that poor attendance has been shown to pose serious risks to students’ attainments:
Higher risks of failure
Limited knowledge of course materials: Blackboard cannot fully replicate the vital input from tutors in class
Higher likelihood of resit coursework and/or exams in the summer
Lower chances of completion within three years – and therefore higher risks of more debt and financial repercussions
What the University does to support your first year attendance
A number of measures have been applied to assist student motivation.
Student attendance monitoring (fobs) in some faculties
Regular supportive follow-ups
Advice and guidance
Accessible, independent, confidential support from your Advice Centre
Attendance monitoring for international students with a study visa
If you are studying on an international study visa, you will be required to report regularly to the University in order that the University can confirm you are actively engaged in your studies. Staff on your campus and course will advise you of their particular requirements for reporting.