This page sets out guidelines and provides examples of good practice for Boards of Examiners.
It sets out separately the requirements for incoming and outgoing undergraduate students and, within these groups, how the results of students coming from and going to Europe/North America should be handled. It was approved by the Senatus Academicus on 10 June 1998.
This applies to incoming students on:
The Senate has approved a University-wide conversion scale based on ECTS principles as set out below:
|Equivalent Edinburgh||Edinburgh grades||Average % of successful candidates normally achieving the grade||ECTS Grade|
It is recognised that final decisions as to the award of credit and the conversion of grades for incoming students rests with the students’ home university and therefore any ECTS grade suggested by the University of Edinburgh forms only a part of the information which will be provided to the home university to assist it in the process of deciding what grade/credit should be awarded to the student. The other information which the home university will receive, is: -
From this range of information the home university ought to be able to assess its students’ performance at the University of Edinburgh.
Incoming students from North America receive, at the end of their study period, a class sheet and a transcript - the latter suggesting possible US equivalents of Edinburgh marks. It is agreed that this provides sufficient information to enable home universities to decide on the credit they wished to allocate and the grade(s) they wish to award to their students who studied at the University of Edinburgh.
This applies mainly to Edinburgh students who are participating on:
Students from these groups return to the University of Edinburgh with a series of courses and grades that have to be turned into something that makes sense in the Edinburgh system. It has been agreed that the University should not impose a strict set of rules and regulations on Schools/Boards of Examiners, but it should provide guidance, options and examples of good practice. It is recommended that returning students should pass through a two way process. Firstly if the student has successfully completed the approved courses at the host university the sending School should certify to the College that the student is able to continue to the next year of the course and then secondly, the School should then convert marks for its own purposes, if appropriate.
|US Grades||Edinburgh Grades||Interpretation of grades||Honours Class||Edinburgh mark|
|A (A+)||A||An excellent performance||1st||70-100|
|A-||B||A very good performance||2:1||65-69|
|B+||B||A very good performance||2:1||60-64|
|B||C||A good performance||2:2||55-59|
|B-||C||A good performance||2:2||50-54|
|C||D||A satisfactory performance||3rd||40-49|
|F||E||A marginal fail||Fail||30-39|
|F||F||A clear fail||Fail||20-29|
|F||G||A bad fail||Fail||10-19|
|F||H||A bad fail||Fail||0-9|
It is recognised that an increasing number of students are now organising their own study abroad programmes. It has been agreed that the University will not attempt to recommend how Schools/Boards of Examiners might cope with the marks/grades students receive at host universities since the variation between institutions would be too great to do this. It is considered, however, that in order to maintain quality control Schools should not approve a programme unless they are fully satisfied of the content and level of the student’s academic programme at the host university, the assessment involved and the transfer of credits and grades. Schools should address the following questions before considering and approving an independent study programme:
It is agreed that all Schools MUST provide outgoing students with a statement of the School’s policy on how the student’s study abroad programme will be assessed on return so that both the School and the student have a clear understanding before the outset of the study period of:
This article was published on Jul 29, 2011