Fri 18th Afternoon Exams POSTPONED

Important Announcement

The University Campus, including Student Services, SUSU, and the Library, will close today at 1pm until further notice – meaning that this afternoons exams will not take place today, and instead will be rescheduled for Saturday 26th January.


As you may have also seen, this morning’s exams ran successfully, but unfortunately, due to health and safety risks this evening, the 2 30pm exam has been cancelled and moved to next Saturday, as per the University press release.

With over 30 different exams due to take place this afternoon, rescheduling them is naturally difficult to do. A number of ideas have been discussed, and the priority has been placed on repeating the exams as soon as possible, to minimalise the impact on students.

You will be emailed at the start of next week about your new exam timetable, if you have had to have your exam this afternoon rescheduled.


With Uni-Link and Bluestar services already being withdrawn today, and the fact that outside of campus, the roads are becoming progressively more icy (and will start to freeze from 4pm onward), it has been deemed to dangerous to make students come to campus and get home again safely.

Equally, because of the overnight ice and low temperatures, conditions are not expected to improve until the end of the weekend, so there is not only the potential for there to be a similar situation with Monday’s exams, but has also made the University consider the safety of campus over the weekend.

As a result, the University will also remain closed until further notice, meaning SUSU and the Library will be shut over the weekend. Please check SUSSED at 8pm on Sunday for an update about next week’s exams.


It is acknowledged that some students will be in a situation where they cannot make their rescheduled exam next Saturday due to prior arrangements – if that is the case, you should contact your School Office at the earliest opportunity to explain the situation, and your case will be taken through special considerations.

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20 Comments on "Fri 18th Afternoon Exams POSTPONED"

  1. Sasha
    Su White
    18/01/2013 at 12:33 pm Permalink

    Thank you SUSU for being so prompt, clear and helpful.

    Could you perhaps lobby the university to consider also sending emails directly to all staff and students when they make decisions of this kind.

    Info on the web site is fine, but pushing info out would also be helpful

    thanks 🙂

  2. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:00 pm Permalink

    Hi Su, thanks! I think they’ve done a text burst to people (and I assume emails for staff at least to managers to spread?) – hopefully you’ve got something already?

  3. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 9:06 pm Permalink

    I agree with Su – While staff got the messages, there was little sent directly to students. When there’s the facility to email all students which only takes a second, thanks to the lists, for things such as university closure, it might be worth making use of them to make sure the message gets out, beyond word of mouth.

    I talked to quite a few people who weren’t aware of the closures (those with exams were more aware, those without exams, or those planning on going in at the weekend and hadn’t been watching what was happening on Friday) and an email, while not perfect, could have gone a long way to helping get the message out. It might be worth looking in to in the future.

  4. Sasha
    D Parker
    18/01/2013 at 1:18 pm Permalink

    This is disgraceful they should be made to sit the exams in the snow! Talk about political correctness.


  5. Sasha
    18/01/2013 at 2:35 pm Permalink

    Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t the special considerations board only meet once per month to decide on cases? Does this not leave the potential for being told that you are out of luck and now have to sit an exam during the summer resits, capped at 40%, massively affecting your overall grade?

  6. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:01 pm Permalink

    I think that’s for normal circumstance reviews – I’m meeting with the Pro-Vice Chancellor tomorrow to discuss this process further tomorrow – I’m sure they will be accommodating and have a process that causes the least amount of grievance for students.

  7. Sasha
    Prior arrangements
    18/01/2013 at 3:22 pm Permalink

    Ok so I know about at least 10 people that have made arrangements for the next week and wont be able to attend the rescheduled exam on Saturday. But does that actually count? Or will we be told next week that our case is not a “special consideration reason”?

  8. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:03 pm Permalink

    We’re meeting tomorrow to discuss this – not to be taken as gospel word right now, but I imagine most (if not all) prior arrangements/ good-faith commitments (weddings, trips home) will be accepted. This will be made clear once its decided, and I’ll blog about it as soon as it’s confirmed if I can

  9. Sasha
    18/01/2013 at 3:39 pm Permalink

    It’d be useful if possible to have some clarification (as I imagine as it’s a university wide thing, there’s been/will be some discussion) as to what outcomes from SCB will be applicable (I imagine summer resits are the only really applicable outcome?) and what circumstances will and won’t be granted?

  10. Sasha
    18/01/2013 at 9:46 pm Permalink

    Further to the email request, is it too much to ask for texts? I know for a fact some people with morning exams (today) received texts telling them of their exam location. (I highly suspect this was the lecturer’s doing and not the University’s). It’s much more efficient than relying on word-of-mouth. Internet failure is a thing.

    I suspect that those unable to make the rescheduled exams will do them with the resit students in August, however, they won’t be capped at 40% (as I know of a somewhat similar case).

  11. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:05 pm Permalink

    I believe they set texts this time! Do let me know.

    If that’s the path they choose, then yup, it will be as if it is a first time exam – we’re looking into situations such as single-term Erasmus students and final year students who wont want to do that in August as well, which I’ll try and explain this week when all’s decided.

  12. Sasha
    19/01/2013 at 8:35 am Permalink

    Can I ask what students on a semester abroad are supposed to do? They have to return to their home universities immediately as term has already started. In addition, they can’t get back for summer resits?

  13. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:05 pm Permalink

    Very good question – we are specifically addressing this issue tomorrow, and will let you know the outcome this week if not through the school emailing you.

  14. Sasha
    19/01/2013 at 12:07 pm Permalink

    Why is the library closed all weekend when most buses are now running? A lot of students need to use the library to revise over the weekend, to use the books or even just to have somewhere quiet with internet…

  15. Sasha
    Angry Student
    19/01/2013 at 5:51 pm Permalink

    “This means that SUSU services and facilities will also be closed tonight and over the weekend, however we have made special arrangements to open Halls Bars at Monte, Glen, Connaught and Highfield.

    They will be open from 6pm this evening, and from 12pm on Saturday and Sunday serving drinks and food where available.”

    This is a fucking joke, right? Why open the Halls Bars when people should be studying for their exams? Since the library is shut it would probably be a lot more appropriate to sort out an alternative study location….
    But I guess this strange prioritisation only shows why Southampton University is hardly a second tier university (excl. ECS)…

  16. Sasha
    20/01/2013 at 8:07 pm Permalink

    The bars are actually an alternative study space, in that they are common rooms. We didn’t open them to make a quick buck, but more to provide a space for people to go for a break or to get out of their flats, given that SUSU on campus was shut.

  17. Sasha
    21/01/2013 at 4:04 pm Permalink

    Any idea when we will be contacted with more details regarding postponed exams taking place on Sat?
    I need to make arrangements to be back in Soton on Saturday so timings etc would be useful.

  18. Sasha
    21/01/2013 at 4:06 pm Permalink

    Any idea when we will be given further details about postponed exams taking place on Saturday?

    I need to make arrangements to get to Southampton on Saturday so timings and more details would be really helpful.

  19. Sasha
    21/01/2013 at 9:16 pm Permalink

    An email will be going out tomorrow morning – I imagine by 12pm at the very latest – we’ve been trying to work out what’s the best solution, as we’ve received feedback that Saturday is impacting a really large number of students

  20. Sasha
    21/01/2013 at 9:22 pm Permalink

    Thanks for getting back to me 🙂

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