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Mark descriptors

Mark descriptors are the university's marking framework for assessment. Based on generic criteria, they cover a broad range of disciplines. Faculties may develop specific mark descriptors for their academic disciplines which take precedence over the generic mark descriptors.

There are two sets of generic mark descriptors: one covering undergraduate programmes, and a separate version for postgraduate taught provision. Use of the descriptors is supported by full guidance, which can be found below. The generic mark descriptors form part of the university's regulations – any faculty-specific descriptors are provided in programme handbooks.

The descriptors are inter-related, meaning for marks of 40 and above (for example)there is an assumption that in awarding marks in one band work will have met the requirements of the previous band; with regard to marks of 39 and below there is an assumption that in awarding marks in one band work will NOT have met the requirements of the previous higher band. When marking an individual piece of work there is an expectation that it will clearly demonstrate most of the criteria within each band. Markers are encouraged to use the full range of marks from a 0-100%.

For further information regarding the university's generic mark descriptors, please contact Sally Lloyd.

Undergraduate: mark descriptors | staff guidance | student guidance

Postgraduate taught: mark descriptors | staff guidance | student guidance

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