Project Plan

What will change (and when)?

An initial phase has been introduced institutionally in 2016-17 for Level 1 students only (including students who are required to repeat Level 1). This phase has:

  • Removed mid-year examinations in January 2017 and replaced these with other more innovative types of assessments.
  • Introduced in January 2017 a timetabled student development programme.

Full implementation of the new academic year structure will be introduced in 2017-18 across all undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and will include:

  • Removal of a mid-year examination diet in January.
  • The designation of two teaching  periods which will include provision for innovative assessment. Teaching will re-commence in early January for undergraduate students.
  • Retention of a two-semester structure for taught postgraduate students, contributing to a differentiated postgraduate experience.
  • Introduction of a progressive continuous assessment model across both semesters. Examinations will be timetabled only at the end of the second semester.
  • A 2-3 week student development programme will be timetabled after the undergradute examination period in Semester 2 to facilitate a range of developmental opportunities for undergraute students.

The approved semester dates for 2017-21 within the new academic year structure are now available here.

Timeline for Change

The following table sets out the timetable for change, as approved by the University Executive Board and the Academic Council.




Initial proposed School Assessment Structures October 2015
Staff Consultation on Assessment Structures December 2015 January 2016
Engagement with Student Representatives (examination of assessment methods) November 2015 August 2016
Programme Specifications Updated January 2016
Engagement with Student Body: Phase 2
Discussions/Feedback regarding Assessment Structures
January 2016 February 2016
Ratification of Programme Specifications by the Courses and Regulations Group March 2016 May 2016
Trialling Processes (Including Assessments): Using Appointed Student Representatives May 
August 2016
Incoming (and repeating) Level 1 students will commence study on the new undergraduate programmes September 2016
Full implementation of the academic year changes across all levels of study September 2017