Section 7.3 of the Assessment Handbook covers ‘Special coursework arrangements for students with specific learning difficulties’:
In addition to making recommendations concerning examinations for students with specific learning difficulties, the University’s Specialist Teacher Assessor or Disability Advisors may also recommend that such students should not be penalised for poor spelling, grammar or sentence structure in coursework. The Examinations, Student Records and Graduation Office will provide SDRs with coloured labels detailing the Disability Office’s recommendations, which students should be asked to attach to all pieces of coursework they submit.
With the move to online submission, an electronic version of this green sticker has been produced.
The new electronic Green Sticker takes the form of a JPG image file which is personalised for each student through the use of an individually assigned number. Please note that this ‘RA number’, generated by the Disability Office, is NOT the same as the student number in order to preserve anonymity during marking. The RA number is now being included in all recommendations produced by the Disability Office.
How will the system work for students?
These stickers will be sent directly to students by the Exams Office, as part of the standard email confirming University exam arrangements. The email includes a link to a web page with guidance on how to insert the sticker into coursework.
Sample emails – for new and continuing students – are provided here for your reference:
- Confirmation of new exam arrangements [new student]
- Confirmation of Exam Arrangements [returning student]
The use of paper stickers will also continue for any work that cannot be submitted electronically and these will be distributed as usual by School Disability Reps.
How will the system work for staff?
This guide addresses questions which staff involved in marking work are likely to have: Electronic submission and Green Stickers – Staff Guide
In particular it provides guidance on how to record – as you are required to do – whether or not you have taken the recommendations relating to SpLD into account when marking the student’s work. Guidance is provided for a number of e-marking scenarios:
- Feedback provided through Turnitin GradeMark
- Feedback provided on a Turnitin Assignment via the Blackboard Grade Centre
- Feedback provided on a Blackboard Assignment through Inline Grading
- Feedback provided on a Blackboard Assignment via an uploaded feedback sheet