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Important Update - 24 March 2020

Following the announcement below, it has been confirmed that an Extenuating Circumstances Submission (ECS) can now be applied when an agreed extension to the submission date is in place (you would previously have had to appeal if an extension was in place).

This new process will be implemented immediately.

When completing an ECS, you should clearly state the assessment date (if the original assessment date or an agreed extended date).

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Assignment/Resit Extensions (Covid-19)

To account for the campus closures and the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus (COVID-19) students are now able to apply for extensions of up to 10 working days (by emailing your lecturer) or to defer to the next assessment opportunity by submitting an Extenuating Circumstances Submission (ECS).

Requests for extensions to assignment deadlines or for other resit opportunities that fall within the normal timeframe of the module (usually one whole trimester) should continue to be submitted directly to the relevant module coordinator or other named person in your School. Please note that no third party evidence is required when submitting an ECS.

The full Extenuating Circumstances procedure is available via the following link:

Full Extenuating Circumstances Procedure

Exams, Assessment & Appeals

Find out more about exams and assessment, including the options available to you for additional support and academic appeals.

Examination Diets for Academic Session 2019-20

Term 1: Monday 2 - Saturday 14 December 2019

Term 2: Monday 20 April - Saturday 2 May 2020

Please note that assessments for some programmes fall outwith these dates. Students are advised to contact their programme leaders for more information.

UWS exam timetables are published on Moodle as and when they become available. To access the timetables on Moodle you can log in either using your Student login, or as a Guest.


Examination Timetables

Students are advised to re-check the dates and times of their exams no more than 2 weeks before the start of the examination period, as late changes are sometimes unavoidable.

For examinations at Robertson Sports Centre, a bus will run to the sports centre from the main entrance of Paisley campus. Bus timetables are detailed on the Exams Timetable page on Moodle, alongside the Paisley Exam Timetable. Students are advised to arrive in time for the first bus, as space may be limited on the second bus.

If you find that two of your exams are scheduled to take place on the same day and at the same time, please contact the Examinations Unit immediately in order that alternative arrangements can be made:

  • in person at the Hub or Student Link on your campus
  • by telephone on 0141 848 3857 
  • by email at

How to Complete Exam Booklets

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Information about Exams

Student Conduct in Examinations

Please familiarise yourself with the University’s expectations on Student Conduct in Examinations, and the regulation on cheating and plagiarism.

Copies of Past Examination Papers

Where available, students can access question papers from previous examination diets by logging onto Moodle and clicking on the Links section entitled “Exam Past Papers”. Copies of past papers can also be purchased from the University’s Printing Services on each campus.

Additional Support for Exams

Students with a disability

Students who have a disability, and/or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, are advised to register with the University's Disability Service as soon as possible. This will let the University ensure that individual arrangements are put in place to support their studies, including exam arrangements.

Students with a temporary hand/arm injury

Students who are suffering from an injury that will affect their ability to write in an exam should refer to the procedure for Students with Temporary Hand and Arm Injuries.

Information about Re-assessments

When do the resit examinations take place?

Resits from modules studied in the previous academic session will be taken at the time that the module is next offered. For example:

  • If the module is running in Term 1 of 2019-20 then the resit will be in December 2019.

  • If the module is running in Term 2 of 2019-20 then the resit will be in April 2020.

Students are strongly recommended to contact their module co-ordinator to find out when the resit exam is scheduled to take place. Failure to attend the resit at the appropriate time may lead to loss of attempt.

Is it possible to sit my exams outwith the University?

It may be possible to make arrangements to sit your resit examination outwith the University or overseas (subject to payment of an administrative charge and the availability of an approved venue).

Any student wishing to apply to sit a resit examination outwith the University or overseas should read the guidance notes on the Application Form.

Please note the deadlines for receipt of the completed form are as stated on the application form.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about your resit examinations or re-submission of coursework, you should contact your School office in the first instance.

Download the list of School Contacts (PDF)

When can I enrol for session 2020/21?

If you have resits, you will not be eligible to enrol for session 2020-21 until the results of your resits have been considered by the School Board of Examiners (SBE).  Depending on the progression decision of the Board, you may then be eligible to enrol. You can find more details on enrolment here.

Last updated: 27/08/2018