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Academic alert

An academic alert is a warning sent to you if you are at risk of encountering academic problems. Most academic alerts are issued because of absence from a compulsory element, or failure to submit coursework.

Academic alerts are sent by email. Each one will state the cause of the alert, and tell you what you need to do to address the problem. It is very important that you take the necessary action.

Unresolved academic alerts are monitored by Student Services for pastoral purposes, and by Registry (for students studying on Student visas) for the purposes of ensuring compliance with UKVI requirements (see also: compliance).

Academic alerts do not appear on your transcript. They are intended to give you early warning of potential problems while you still have an opportunity to address them.

Academic alerts are specific to particular modules, and are sent during the semester. The academic intervention process is also intended to give you early warning of academic problems, but it operates over all modules, and warnings are sent after module results are published.

The official rules are given in the policy on Academic Alerts (PDF, 650 KB), with further information in the Academic Alerts Guidance for Students (PDF, 433 KB).

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Dr Stephen Tyre, Associate Dean Students (Arts and Divinity)


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