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1. Upcoming Deadlines and Dates
4th August - Deadline: TEIs to submit Common Awards Management Committee membership lists and quoracy arrangements, as well as dates for upcoming CAMCs
4th August - Deadline: TEIs to submit T9 (Staffing List) for 2023/24 academic year
4th August - Deadline: TEIs to submit Common Awards policies (with changes for 2023/24 highlighted), to include the following:
25th August - Deadline: CIS new account request closes for staff starting at the beginning of the academic year
4thSeptember – DU Overarching Board of Examiners (Summer)
2. Artificial Intelligence and Common Awards Webinar (available to view)
How should TEIs respond to the advent of programmes like ChatGPT and other 'artificially intelligent' tools capable of generating text?
In this webinar (the video of which is now available at https://youtu.be/KDbhWHVdby4), we heard from Matt Wood and Malcolm Murray from the Durham Centre for Academic Development, who have been helping to develop the university's response to these questions. We covered everything from plagiarism detection, assessment design, and the possibilities that open up if we embrace this technology in certain ways.
3. Board of Examiners (Overarching)
In preparation for upcoming TEI Boards of Examiners meetings, please see below for the list of documentation/data reports required by the University following each Board:
Confirmed module marks for continuing students (Moodle report V4 January marks ALL Boards) should be returned in January 2024, following all TEI Boards.
TEI Attendance – Durham Board of Examiners
TEIs are reminded that they are very welcome to send a representative from their TEI Board of Examiners (normally the Chair) to the meetings of the overarching Board. Up to three TEI BoE representatives may attend each board. This can be a good way for TEIs to discover more about how the overarching Board works, and to see how we handle decisions about their students.
The next meeting of the Board is due to be held online, on 4th September from 1pm – 4pm. Please contact the team if a representative from your TEI Board of Examiners wishes to attend this meeting.
4. Conversion of Marks
Ahead of the Board of Examiners, we would like to remind TEIs of the principles surrounding the conversion of marks.
Some assignments, like language tests, might produce quantitative scores. Those scores are not the marks for that assignment. In principle, they will always need to go through some process of conversion – where conversion involves making qualitative judgments about what is meant by different levels of achievement in a quantitatively scored test, and then translating those qualitative judgments into numerical marks in the normal way.
Further information on Converting Test Scores into Marks is available on our website.
5. Annual Self Evaluation
Section A of the Annual Self Evaluation form has been updated by colleagues in the Ministry Development Team and is available on the Common Awards website. TEIs are advised that Question 9 has been reworded and an additional question to confirm permission to share Section A returns with Durham for the purpose of shared follow up conversations has been added.
6. Durham IT accounts for new staff
Information has been sent to TEI key contacts regarding how staff new to Common Awards, or those without an account, can apply for one. New accounts will be activated from 1st September 2023 and not before this date.
Details of each TEI key contact can be found here Contact Details - Durham University
7. Staffing Updates
8. Further Information
The full 2023/24 calendar is available here.
The Common Awards Team