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Self-Certification of Absence Form for students is moving online

(2 October 2020)

From 5 October the form that undergraduate and postgraduate taught students use to self-certify for absence is being moved online. This is to ensure the form is accessible for students wherever they may be studying, and that staff who manage this process can do so wherever they may be working.

The University has a ‘Self-Certification of Absence’ policy that students must follow if they miss any compulsory academic commitments. The Faculty and Department Process Review (FDPR) Project established a Task and Finish group to ensure that the process that supports this policy could work effectively in our new Covid-environment. In moving the form online key aspects of the process have also been updated and, in some cases, automated to help staff who have responsibility for managing the administration around self-certification. 

All staff in Colleges, Departments, and Central Services who may speak to students about self-certification are requested to familiarise themselves with the new online form and process. "Step by Step” staff guidance for PS staff has been developed and “At a Glance” guidance for academics is also available. Further information can be found on the FDPR Project SharePoint site