Campus Cards

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You will need to carry your Campus Card on you at all times while on campus.  In addition to needing it to 'register your attendance' at classes the Campus Card has other multiple purposes and benefits. 

Your Campus Card is your:

  • Attendance Card
  • Student Union Card
  • University photo ID
  • Library Card
  • Access pass
  • University campus travel pass

For more information on what to do to ensure your campus card is available when you go to collect it, on appropriate photographs and instructions for the MyPhoto site, please visit:



Uploading your Photograph

As part of your enrolment process you should have been prompted to upload a photograph for your campus card.

However, if you have not uploaded a photograph you can upload one via MyPhoto. Once you log in you will be prompted to uploaded a photograph that will be used on your card. For guidance on what photographs are acceptable, please visit

Please note, if you upload a photograph that does not fit the guidelines you may be charged for a replacement card.

Collecting your Campus Card

Once your card is ready to collect The Gateway Enquiries Team will raise an enquiry on Compass for you to let you know it's available.

This will send an email notification to your Student email account. Once you click onto the links within the email and sign in, you will be able to see which Enquiry Desk your card is located at as well as what ID you’ll need to bring to collect it.

Please note, if you do not collect your card within 30 days or fail to update The Gateway via Compass ,your card will be disposed of and as a result you will need to purchase a new card which costs £10.

Expired Cards

If your card has expired or is due to expire soon and you are still a student with us, we will automatically produce a new card for you on the date of your current cards expiration.

Once your new card is ready, The Gateway Enquiries Team will raise an enquiry on Compass to let you know it is available to collect.

Please note, we are unable to produce a new card prior to the expiration of your current card.

Building Access

Your Campus Card will come preprogramed with the access for every single building you need. However, if you experience any problems with your card for accessing buildings on Campus you will need to have your card re programmed by our Facilities Team.

For help with reprogramming your card for building access on campus, please visit Facilities Helpdesk, Design Centre, City Campus.

For help with reprogramming your card for building access within our Halls of Residences, please visit your Halls Reception.


Attendance Monitoring
  • Students must use their Campus Card to record their attendance at every timetabled session. They do this by tapping their card against the fixed readers in teaching rooms.
  • Students must attend all of the sessions on their timetable - at the time they are scheduled and in the room they are scheduled.
  • If possible students should not swap groups  - they should try wherever possible to attend the group session allocated on their timetable, if they attend a different session to the one on their timetable their swipe will be recorded but it will not be matched to their timetable and will not be counted towards your attendance %.  If students do have good reason for changing group session (i.e. doctor's appointment, placement, interview etc) and the programme leader approves a group swap, students should submit an absence through the portal for the session they are missing - selecting the option 'Absence - attending alternative session' and completing the comments box with details of the date and time of the new session they will be attending - by doing this they will be given their attendance mark and their % attendance will not be reduced.
  • Students must swipe into the room allocated on your timetable, they should not swipe into another room. If an academic moves rooms and he/she does not inform the timetabling team a students timetable will not  be updated, although the students swipe will be recorded against the new room they've swiped into it will not match the room on their timetable and will not be counted towards their % attendance.
  • Students should not swipe into class more than 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If a student swipes any earlier their swipe will be recorded but it will not be matched to their timetable session and will not be counted towards their % attendance.
  • If you are using a paper register this will not be inputted into the attendance monitoring system,students must also swipe their card at the reader.

Reported Absences

  • reporting an absence does not mean students will receive an attendance mark, students will still be marked absent from their session(s) during the absence period, however an absence mark will be recorded against session(s) so academic staff will know students have been in touch and reported they will not be in class. Absences will be taken into account when staff are reviewing attendance data and before sending any communications to students about non attendance.
  • It is important when logging an absence that students use the correct absence reason codes.
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