That’s it, Week 12 has been and gone and suddenly you’re getting reminder emails to check your seat number and exam timetable. Whether you’re a fresh-faced first year who's never been to the RDS before or a final year student who's seen it all before, this guide is your go-to for reminders about all the services your SU provides during the Christmas Exams at UCD! Do you know how you’re getting to your exam centre? Have you worked out where and when you’re going to study? Did you hear about the Free Breakfast Mornings ran by UCDSU? Read on and let this page be your one stop shop for all things exams!
1. UCDSU Exam Shuttle Bus:
Your Union will be running a shuttle service between UCD and the RDS from during the exam period to get you to the RDS and back! Keep an eye on our social media and website for an up to date timetable!
SU shuttle buses depart UCD from the bus stop opposite Centra (39a stop) and arrive at the RDS outside Simmonscourt Hall before returning to UCD on a continuous shuttle. The bus will operate on a first come first served basis and will leave exactly at the times listed on the timetable. There will be a steward present at the UCD stop to advise on bus times and to provide info about alternative transport options. Please note that the last bus before every exam time will leave you at your exam hall with the only small amount of time to spare, so have your stuff together and be ready to go before you leave! You can also easily walk or cycle from UCD Main N11 Entrance towards Donnybrook Church junction, take a right turn down Anglesea Rd; Simmonscourt Rd. Follow AA signs for RDS/UCD Exams. Leave extra early the first day to allow for getting lost.
2. Free UCDSU Library Breakfasts:
In the week before each exam period, UCDSU will be giving out free food to fuel your
study. Think fruit, flapjacks and cereal bars! Food will be available from 7:30 am and when its gone it's gone! Remember that you can now bring coffee and tea into the library so long as its in a reusable and secure container, so why not grab one from our SU shops for a full breakfast experience?
3. Late Night Study: With the help of UCD student Services, we’ve got the Astra:
Hall booked out late into the night for those of you who work better in the wee hours of the morning! Keep an eye on our social media and website for an up to date timetable!
4. On the exam day:
Leave plenty of time to get to your exam centre. There are study rooms available at the exam centres so there’s no harm in being there good and early. You can check your personalised exam timetable via SISWeb on the way to the exam, so you're totally prepared when you arrive.
If you like doing things the old fashioned way, check the lists arranged alphabetically by surname to find your seat number so can relax, knowing where you’ll be sitting. Your SU will be on hand should you need any help getting settled, if something goes wrong or if your UCard has gone for a hop!
5. Looking after yourself before, during and after exams:
Please remember that exams are not the be all end all of your life and that UCDSU is here to support you in any way we can. If you notice that you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break. Breathe, Eat, Rest. You can reach out to the SU Welfare Officer on 01 716 3112 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Education Officer is at email@example.com.
Equally, look out for each other. That person finishing up a marathon cramming session at the same time as you could be your new best mate - ask them how they are getting on. As it gets darker earlier and when you’ve finished your study for the day don’t forget you can always call Campus Services on 01 716 7999 and request the UCD Walk Safe Service. A security officer will be assigned and will meet with you at the location you have specified.
Well done on getting through the last semester and your exams! Getting your results can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. If you ever have any questions about your results or what to do next you can always send us an email or call into our offices for a chat! In the meantime, this guide has been put together to answer the most common questions about exam results, appeals, repeats and GPA's.
When you receive your provisional results you should remember that these are not your final grades, so be aware that they may change. If you are missing a grade contact your programme office, school office or module coordinator. You can contact your module co-ordinator or lecturer if you have any queries with a grade or if you would like to view your transcript. If you are still dissatisfied after this you can then file an appeal on specific grounds within 20 working days of the final results being published. You will be required to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining the grounds for appeal and providing evidence to support your case. If applicable you may need to provide an original medical certificate.
You can appeal your final grade on two grounds:
1. Procedural Irregularity
Evidence of an irregularity in the conduct of the assessment process.
Improper conduct of assessment e.g. errors on the examination paper, unclear or misleading assessment instructions, or inappropriate assessment conditions.
Deviation from published module assessment strategy and grading criteria.
University regulations, policies and procedures were not adhered to.
2. Extenuating Circumstance
If there were extenuating circumstances that your Programme Board was aware of but had rejected because the application was late and the P.B. did not consider the reason why the application was late to be valid.
A prior circumstance emerged of which the Programme Board was not aware.
HOW TO APPEAL You can download the academic appeals form at www.ucd.ie/appeals /pdfs/appeal_form.pdf
What if I fail?
You can register to the module again when it is next offered. How? Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB. Cost: €230 per module
If a repeat is not offered in the semester directly following you may have to take a resit. How? Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB. To check whether your module offers a resit, use the course search facility on the UCD website to find your module and look at the “What Happens If I Fail” section of the module description. Cost: €180 per module
Modular Grades Explained:
*Anything under a grade point average value of 2.0 is a failing grade
- GPA Greater to or equal to 3.68 1st Class Honours (1:1)
- From 3.08 to 3.67 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 (2:1)
- From 2.48 to 3.07 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 2 (2:2)
- From 2.00 to 2.47 inclusive Pass
A Semester GPA will be automatically calculated for you at the end of each semester for the modules taken in that semester. You can view a breakdown of your results if you click into the module SISWEB when viewing your results. This will provide you with a breakdown of the grade you scored in each assessment component of the module. Save or print your grades as soon as possible because they will disappear.