In becoming a student you have made a serious commitment to your personal and academic development and we expect you to engage actively in your programme. Engagement includes attendance at lectures, seminars, practical sessions and so on plus making good use of the library and of electronic resources and submitting work on time.
We don't have an 'acceptable level' of absence because in principle we expect you to attend lectures and classes. We understand on occasion you may have to miss a class for good reason but if this happens you will need to make sure that you keep up with the work.
Helping you stay on track
To try and help you 'keep on track' with your studies we have a process for monitoring your attendance. This will involve use of a 'smart card' when you go into a class (there will be a card-reader on the wall of all the main teaching rooms). It will be your responsibility to make sure that you register your attendance by 'tapping in', you will be able to view your attendance record online. In rooms where there is no fixed reader you may be asked to use a hand-held device which will be passed around the class for you to 'swipe' your card.
Attendance monitoring staff will review your attendance 'log' so that we can see if you seem to be having problems getting to classes. If we are concerned about this you may get an email or text or a phone call to ask you if everything is alright and to offer help and advice if you need it. You may also be reminded of the risks you are running if you don't attend classes.