Aston firmly believes in the value of attendance, and its relationship with engagement and achievement is very important. Attendance at scheduled teaching sessions enhances the experience of all students and provides the opportunity for them to benefit fully from the support and guidance the University offers. To ensure that students engage with the system staff should keep their timetabled events up to date via their School timetablers and remind students to check-in at all events. This is particularly important at the start of each academic year but reminders to students throughout the year will be helpful.
Students should ‘check in’ to timetabled classes by placing their uniCARDs on wall mounted readers at the beginning of their scheduled teaching sessions and then access their record of attendance from My Aston Portal (MAP). This supports the University’s proactive approach to learning and encourages students to assume responsibility for their own academic progress, and to manage their time effectively.
The adoption of this technology also provides the University with more robust methods of capturing and reporting Tier 4 monitoring data, attendance data to our funders where required and student numbers for room utilisation.
In some sessions attendance is already compulsory and this is made clear to students. We are currently reviewing our attendance policies and the regulations which relate to them. Currently there is not a blanket attendance policy.