Guidelines for using research students to help with the marking of coursework and class tests
Setting an examination
Format of examination papers
Marking an examination
Feedback on examinations
Setting and marking coursework
Issuing coursework information
Submission of coursework
Return of coursework
Feedback on coursework
Setting and organising tests
Marking by research students
It is the School’s practice that research students may help with the marking of coursework and class tests in our A and B modules. This should provide a saving of time for academic staff and be a useful experience for the students as well as providing them with some additional income. However, the responsibility for the accuracy of the marking remains with the lecturer (or the responsible examiner) concerned.
When using research students for this purpose, the following guidelines should be applied.
For a set of scripts for a coursework or class test that is worth 5% or 10% of the assessment of a 10 credit module, the rate of pay to students should be based on 18 scripts per hour (5%) or 10 scripts per hour (10%).
Even if the research student takes more or less time than this to complete the marking, they will still be paid at the above rate. Generally, the lecturer should ensure that the marking of coursework with the above weighting should be achievable within this time scale.
For other types and weightings of coursework, the lecturer should determine the number of hours to be paid to the student beforehand.
If, while marking the first few scripts, the lecturer finds that the marking takes significantly longer than the time allocated above, the lecturer should discuss this with the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee before agreeing the total number of hours to be paid to the research student concerned.