Biochem/Biotech final year exams over 2 weeks

Previous years have seen the Biochemistry/Biotechnology degrees final year exams being held within one week. This means that students are faced with sitting 4 exams in one week, one exam each day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). These are the final year exams which count for a lot and can often make or break your degree mark! This petition aims to gauge support for the exams to be spread over 2 weeks, such that we sit 3 exams in one week (Mon, Wed and Fri), and the last exam in the following week on Mon before starting final year project on Tue. This gives us breathing space in between exams and time to consolidate our knowledge from all the courses we have studied. By the time exam season arrives, a lot of the material from the Autumn term courses will be a distant memory, and while the Easter holidays will provide opportunities to revise all the four courses, it makes more sense for students to have a one-day/two-day gap between each exam, so that they can focus in on the final touches to their revision for each course. Please include your name to this petition if you support the above proposal. The petition will then be sent to the Biochemistry Board of Examiners (including Dr. Tippins, Prof. Fairweather, Prof. Nixon and Dr. Giorgi) for their consideration. This is your chance to voice your opinion and make ourselves heard as a year group!


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    Natalie Loo, United Kingdom

    7 years ago
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    Yu Zhi Zhang, United Kingdom

    7 years ago Comments: 3rd year courses represent 40% of 3rd year marks, which means one single exam out of the 4 carries the same weighing as the entire 1st year. Not to mention the vast amount of materials a student is expected to learn, our colleagues in 3rd year are under pressure from various aspects including job/postgraduate application, during the academic year. Not alike 1st and 2nd year where exams were spread out in different terms, all exams in 3rd year will be in one go, in a single week. This means pressure. The faculty has been supportive of students, and we hope PICs can understand the situation our colleagues are facing. We are not demanding a change in the exams themselves but just the timing. Changing the exam period from 1 week to 2 weeks will not cause additional workload to the examiners, and I am sure that supervisors for FYP do not mind their students to spend a few extra days to ensure optimized performance in examinations. I propose an alternative idea that the exams can run in Mon-Fri-Mon-Fri manner, spread across 2-week time. 3rd year means a lot to our colleagues- we are striving for our best at the mean time, and we hope the faculty can offer generous assistance in this regard.
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