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Section 22: Our expectations of students

22.Our expectations of students

Information on UCL's expectations of students, including the number of hours students should spend engaged in study, requirements for attendance and engagement, and concerning authorisation of absence from assessment (Central and Local.)

22.1.Hours of study

Information on the expected hours of study required (Central and Local.)

Students on full-time programmes are expected to devote approximately 40 hours per week to their study during term time. This time is made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, tutorials, and computer lab sessions as well as independent and group study.

Teaching is usually timetabled Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 18:00, however a small number of sessions are timetabled on weekends and later in the evening. Students should carefully consider the timetable that eventuates from optional/ elective module choices, including when and where teaching takes place, before finalising their selections.

There is no Computer Science teaching for undergraduate modules (Levels 4, 5, and 6) on Wednesday afternoons.


22.2.Personal study time

Activities such as completing coursework, reading, research, and revision are assumed to be part of a student’s personal study time, which is not timetabled. During normal opening hours, there are many locations around the UCL campus that are available to students for personal study, including the various UCL Libraries, hubs, and other learning spaces (www.ucl.ac.uk/library/sites.)


22.3.Attendance and engagement

Information on attendance requirements, how student’s attendance and engagement is monitored, and penalties for poor attendance (Centrally Provided.)

22.3.1.Attendance requirements

UCL expects students to aim for 100% attendance, and has a minimum attendance requirement of 70% of scheduled learning, teaching and assessment activities. If a student does not meet this requirement they may be barred from summative assessment. Students may also be required to enter into a formal learning agreement, which will include formal sanctions if breached.

The availability of LectureCast recordings is not a substitute for attendance.

Further information:


22.3.2.Engagement monitoring

UCL monitors and assesses students’ engagement with their studies against a set of ten points of engagement over the course of their registration. This enables the department to identify any potential issues as early as possible so that action can be taken to support students who may require it. This also helps the university to meet the requirements set by the UK Home Office for students with Tier 4 visas.

Each point of engagement relates to a specific period in the academic year and could be satisfied by, for example: attendance to a departmental event (induction, lecture, tutorial, etc.), in-person coursework submission, interaction relating to a module, or meeting with a dissertation/ Project Supervisor; these points and methods of engagement are defined by UCL’s Registry and Academic Services. It is important to note that engagement means that the student is actively participating in their programme, not just that they are in attendance.

There may be times when the Programme Administrator will contact students to ask them to confirm their engagement if it has not been possible to do so by other means. Students should respond quickly and by any deadlines given.

Students whose engagement cannot be verified will be considered as 'not engaged'. If a student is not engaged on three occasions they will be considered for suspension on the grounds of academic insufficiency, and those on a Tier 4 visa must be reported to the UK Home Office.

Any students whose attendance or progress is deemed to be an issue will be called for an interview with their Programme Director.

Further information:


22.3.3.Tier 4 students: absence from teaching and learning activities

The majority of the department’s international students require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, and in order for them to secure a visa, UCL has to be able to sponsor them, which we can only do if we have a license from UK Government.

In line with UCL’s obligations under UK immigration laws, students who hold a Tier 4 visa must obtain authorisation for any absence from teaching or assessment activities.

Further information:


22.3.4.Absence from assessment

Any student who is absent from an assessment must obtain authorisation for the absence by submitting a request for Extenuating Circumstances.

Further information:


Updated: 29-09-2017