New information for students New information for students

  • Important information relating to Postgraduate Student Assessment can be found on our Information for Postgraduate Students page
  • Important information relating to Undergraduate Student Assessment can be found in our Information for Undergraduate Students pages
  • International students can find useful information and updates from the Student Life team on their webpages
  • The Reassessment Period will now be 17-28 August 2020. This is a change to the originally published dates as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Ensuring Fairness in Online Assessments Ensuring Fairness in Online Assessments

Ensuring fairness in online assessments

With the assessment and exam period under way, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure all students that we are using a range of tools and approaches to make sure marks are awarded fairly. These tools include:

  • The screening of all exam answers through software to check for similarity to both other student’s work and internet and academic sources. Students should ensure any sources used are acknowledged.
  • We will be using the University’s Plagiarism and Collusion Policy to on both exam answers and coursework. This means exam answers and coursework can also be checked through Turnitin and by software which can confirm authorship.
  • If cheating is suspected, the marker can ask a student to re-explain their answers in an online meeting as part of a plagiarism investigation.

We know that students support the fair award of marks, and hope that sharing this information will be reassuring.

If students have any concerns around academic integrity, the University has a policy to enable reporting here

Reports can be submitted via an online form and will then be progressed as appropriate.

Students can also find useful information and resources around referencing and plagiarism here

Student FAQs Student FAQs

These FAQs are being updated on a regular basis - please continue to check this page for the latest information. 

Will teaching, exams and assessments be affected?
Teaching is now being delivered online through Blackboard and work is continuing to support all our students in progressing in their studies. Please continue to participate in learning activities online through Blackboard.

All summative assessment, including examinations, will be carried out online through Blackboard as far as possible. 

For more information see our Learning section

For off-campus placement and internship activity, including Study Abroad host universities, students should follow the guidance offered by their placement provider, internship provider, or host university. If you are not sure about their current guidance, please ask your Head of School, Course or Placement Director or UEA Study Abroad.

What do I need to do about my room in UEA Accommodation?
UEA is offering students in our accommodation the option to be released from their accommodation licenses early if they wish. All students in residences have been contacted by the Accommodation Office by email regarding what they need to do, but in brief:

  • If you would like to be released from your accommodation license, you must complete the form sent to you by the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. 
  • You do not have to clear your room or return your key before you can be released from your accommodation license - but you do need to complete the form mentioned above.
  • If you have already vacated your room (including removing your belongings) but still have your key, please return this by post to the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. We would recommend that you use a padded envelope and send via a service which records the delivery.

If you have already returned home but still have belongings in your room, you will be contacted by the Accommodation Office shortly setting out the next steps. 

If you have any questions regarding your room in UEA Accommodation, please email

We would like to reassure all students living in UEA accommodation that we are here to support you, and would also like to reassure all students who wish to remain living in UEA residences that you may continue to do so. 

I’m an international student on a Tier 4 visa and I want to return home to continue my studies there – what do I need to do?
The University is operating a self-declaration of absence reporting process for any Tier 4 student who has decided to leave campus and return home/go to an alternative address to continue their studies.

If you are a Tier 4 student and have left or are considering leaving campus to continue your studies remotely, please complete the University’s Self Declaration of Absence form

I’m an international student on a Tier 4 visa and I am remaining in the UK to continue my studies remotely – what do I need to do?
If you are remaining in the UK and are continuing your studies remotely, we still request that you complete the University’s Self Declaration of Absence form

I'm an international student in the UK with a visa which has just expired or is expiring shortly, and I am unable to leave because I am self-isolating or travel restrictions are preventing me from returning home - what do I need to do?
If you’re in the UK and your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 30 July 2020,  then your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must complete and submit a Home Office form to update your records if your visa is expiring. You will find the form at It could be very helpful to take a screenshot of the completed form before submitting it, and retain a copy for your own records.

Please visit the Home Office's website to see the specific information relating to this extension.

I’m an international student with a Tier 4 visa studying Medicine or Nursing. Am I still restricted in the number of hours I can work per week during term time?
On 31st March the Home Secretary announced that, as a response to the national effort to combat coronavirus, trainee doctors and nurses will not be limited by the number of hours they can work in the NHS during term time. This change is expected to be in place for a limited period and only applies to work undertaken in the NHS. Your course and/or your School may have additional recommendations to consider as you balance your studies and any work so please ensure that you are aware of these before making any commitments.

I am a member of the British Armed Forces reserves  - will I get deadline extensions and delayed examinations when I return to my studies?
Yes, students who are British Armed Forces reserves, or who are in other specialist volunteer roles, and who are deployed in this role will be given whatever support is necessary to ensure they can successfully complete their studies.

Graduation Ceremony Update

Updated Graduation Statement from UEA Vice-Chancellor David Richardson (27.03.20)

We are currently operating in unprecedented times and I wanted to clarify it is the July Graduation ceremonies that we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel. I do want to assure you that we will be exploring all the options available to provide an alternative Graduation celebration at a future date when the country is not affected by restrictions to national and international travel and group gatherings.

I am sure you will appreciate we are not able to rush into making new arrangements or confirming a new date until we have clarity regarding the extent and period over which restrictions may apply.

The safety of all our students and staff is the priority at this time but I want to assure you that I fully appreciate that a ceremony is an important event for you and your family and friends and I will contact you again when we have more information about how and when we will be able to achieve this.

Please do continue to follow the latest public health advice and stay safe. 

What is happening about Graduation in July?
Our Graduation ceremonies involve thousands of people travelling to campus from across the globe, and as the COVID-19 pandemic develops, UEA cannot allow such an event to take place for the safety of our staff, students and their guests. This is in line with the Government's advice to cancel large-scale events to prevent the spread of the virus, and you will have seen many of this summers’ major festivals and sports events have also been cancelled. Due to the complexities surrounding COVID-19 and the fact we simply do not know when it will be safe to hold large-scale events.

When will I receive my certificate?
The Graduation Office will contact you in the coming months to confirm how and when your certificate will be sent.

What date will appear on my certificate?
Students will still graduate “in absentia” this summer. We cannot confirm the precise dates yet due to the changes to assessment processes for this year but we will issue certificates over the summer.

What about if my question around graduation isn’t covered here?
If your answer isn’t covered in our FAQs, you can email, although please be patient during these challenging times. 

Fees and Complaint Questions

With the move to online learning and assessment am I entitled to a refund of University fees?
The University will not be offering a refund of University fees arising from the move to on-line learning. We are striving to provide sufficient support to all students so you can successfully graduate or progress to your next year of studies. Each course has different demands and your School will have put in place plans to ensure you are taught, you can learn and you can be assessed in your learning and be able to demonstrate you have met the course’s learning outcomes.

I am unhappy with the changes made on my course due to the COVID-19  – can I appeal or complain?
At this point in time it would be premature to complain as the detailed arrangements have not been announced. The situation is also complicated as the Univeristy is required to follow UK Government guidance, for example  which prevent gatherings of people and non essential travel, and so inevitably there will be changes.  What we are doing is to adopt measures that maintain academic standards, and so protect the value of your degree, whilst we support you in your learning and assessment so you can successfully complete the academic year.  

Please be reassured that in making changes we have had your best interests at heart, your educational interests are being protected and you will be provided with opportunities to learn and be assessed such that you can progress to your next year of study, or to compete and graduate.  If, after the completion of your studies this year, you feel that we failed in this objective you can make an academic complaint in the normal way.

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