ESML Department & Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath
United Kingdom

During this second semester of the 2010-11 Academic Year repeated complaints have been raised about essay deadlines being set too early - some of which were set before the relevant lectures relating to essay questions had taken place.

Compounding the problem this year were events such as staff strikes and lecturers failing to turn up for scheduled lectures, leading to rescheduled lectures taking place up to 3 weeks after modules were due to end. This in turn led to lower turnout for post-deadline lectures and seminars, as well as complications for students.

However, we do acknowledge that unforeseen problems do arise within the process of organising and coordinating degree structures, and remain grateful to all staff who have worked tirelessly this year to ensure a high quality of teaching and support.

We, the undersigned, call on the University of Bath's European Studies and Modern Languages Department and Department of Social & Policy Sciences to recognise our frustrations regarding the timetabling of essay hand-in deadlines prior to the actual lectures pertaining to said essay topics taking place.

We call for all lectures to be scheduled and given before essay hand-in deadlines, allowing for a more equal opportunity for students wishing to focus on end-of-module topics within their assignments.

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