Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes are those students who receive support under the Elite Athlete Programme at Queen’s or hold a scholarship for one of the Queen’s Sports Academies or a Queen’s Sports Bursary. Queen’s University recognises that combining high level sport and higher education can be difficult. The University is fully supportive of Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes who manage themselves well and are proactive in organising their sport and their studies.
The University has therefore developed the following guidelines for academic flexibility to allow those students to combine their sporting responsibilities with their academic requirements.
These Guidelines apply to those deemed to be Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes and who are required to attend training or competition associated with their elite athlete status. The University recognises that Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes may not know whether they will be called to participate in a competition until relatively near the event. The University will endeavour to accommodate requests for academic flexibility however the timescales involved may limit what can reasonably be accommodated.
Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes will be able to request extensions to assessment deadlines, appropriate to their training or competition needs. Students should contact their School for information on the procedures on requesting an extension to assessment deadlines.
Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes will be able to request examination flexibility under special examination regulations if competing at national or international sporting events. In such cases, the student must advise the Director of Education in their School and the University’s Examinations Office at the earliest opportunity.
Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes will be able to request a leave of absence if competing at national or international sporting events. Where appropriate, Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes may also request absence from scheduled classes. It should be noted that this will not be possible for some professionally accredited programmes which have attendance requirements.
Where appropriate, and on a case by case basis in agreement with their Director of Education, it may be possible for Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes to ‘stretch their studies’ over a longer period to accommodate training needs and major competitions.
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