Principles on formal mid-term examinations

An examination is classed as 'formal mid-term' if it is held outside of the main Summer examination period (May/June) or January examination period (Lent Term Week 0) and requires any central administration by the Examinations Office. This can include the booking and set-up of examination rooms and the provision of external invigilation.

A proposal to hold such an examination requires approval by the relevant Sub-Committee and by the Examination Office.

You should email requests to hold a formal mid-term examination to the relevant Secretary and provide:

  1. the reasons why you wish to hold a mid-term examination; and
  2. any changes to the course's learning outcomes.
  3. full details of the modification to the course assessment method, including format of the examination paper and the year of introduction.

The Chair will consider your request and the Secretary will inform you of the outcome.

Consideration will be given to issues such as the parity of the examination experience for other students on similar courses and the practicalities of holding examinations outside of the January or Summer examination periods.

If the proposal is approved, the department must provide a sample examination paper, or a mock examination in the new format for students to revise from.

The Secretary will make the required amendments to the course information held in the Course and Programme Information System (CAPIS) and inform the relevant School Officers that the changes have been approved as appropriate.

Reviewed October 2016