Student Engagement and Attendance

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Get the most out of your studies

It's important to attend and engage with classes to get better grades and belong

We want you to get the best of your studies, and your time at uni.

Research has shown students who engage with their learning and attend timetabled teaching sessions get better grades and feel like they ‘belong’ at university.

We’ll measure your engagement levels to match the blend of face-to-face and online learning you’ll experience in the new academic year from October 2021. 

Engagement and attendance can be registered easily by doing the following:

  • Should you be attending a face to face session on campus, swipe your Student Card at card readers placed outside, or in, teaching rooms 
  • Log in and access modules and learning materials on Moodle for virtual learning for those of you studying remotely or for online elements of your course.

The data we collect from both the card readers and Moodle will help us enhance teaching and timetables, and identify students who may need extra academic, pastoral or wellbeing support to get the best out of their studies. We are also required by statutory bodies - such as UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and Student Finance England - to confirm students are registered, engaged in, and attending their courses.

Student Cards are distributed as part of the registration process, if you’re among the small number of students who have not received your Student Card in time for your first face-to-face session - don’t worry, just start using the card when you get it, your engagement will be identified through Moodle.

Please read the following FAQs for more information, or contact your Faculty MyPort Hub if you can’t find an answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll be using lots of data to measure how students are engaging with their learning online, including logging in and accessing modules and learning materials on Moodle.

If you can’t attend your teaching session for good reason, you should complete an Authorised Absence Form. The link to the form is on your Moodle Course site.

Examples of potential reasons for applying for  'Authorised Absences' are: Covid-19 related sickness, medical appointments, police registration/visa compliance, representing the University at sport or other learning/field trips.

 If you need guidance on authorised absence, please contact your home hub:

  • Anglesea - Faculty of Science and Health. Specifically, the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences; the Dental Academy; and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science
  • Eldon - Faculty of CCI
  • Lion Gate - Faculty of Technology
  • Milldam - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Specifically, the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature; and the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Richmond - Faculty of Business and Law
  • St George's - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: School of Education and Sociology, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • University Learning Centre - Faculty of Science and Health. Specifically, the School of Biology; the School of Health and Care Professions; the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences; and the School of Psychology


You must only attend face to face sessions that are on your timetable. It is only these that you will be able to record your attendance.

Permanent timetable changes can be requested, however can only be changed where you can demonstrate exceptional reasons for requesting the change, where the change does not result in a timetable clash with any of your other classes, where the change does not result in a detrimental teaching experience for any other students and where space in the alternative group is available.

If you need guidance please contact your MyPort Hub.

You will find card readers outside each classroom on campus. Swipe your Student Card against the card reader when the blue light is showing 30 minutes before the timetabled session begins until the end of the session. So if your lecture is timetabled from 9.00am - 10.00am you will be able to scan your card between 8.30am and 10.00am.

Green light to confirm attendance If the green light flashes, then your attendance has been recorded.
Red light meaning attendance not confirmed If the red light flashes, then your attendance has not been recorded which means you are not on the class list. (you should check that you are in the right place for your lecture!)

Your attendance won’t be registered and you will be recorded as absent. We’ll contact you and offer you extra academic, pastoral or wellbeing support if you do not attend or your overall engagement falls below a certain threshold.

You will be marked absent for the session and you must remember to bring your card with you for the next session so that you are not recorded as absent again. If you’ve lost your Student Card, you will need to order a replacement as soon as possible from

No. Please don’t ask your friends or anyone else to scan your card and register you for your teaching sessions as this is a disciplinary offence. If you’re going to be late, you can still scan your card when you arrive at the session. Any falsification of attendance is a disciplinary offence. 

No, Distance Learning Students will be monitored by Moodle engagement and coursework submissions only. Placement students are required to keep in touch through personal or placement tutors.

Supervisors will monitor your engagement through academic interaction during your dissertation, and will raise any concerns with you.  

Engagement monitoring through Moodle applies to all students on taught courses and distance learning leading to a University award, full time/part time from level 4-7 of the UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). 

The information collected will be stored in the data warehouse. It will be used to monitor engagement and attendance, and also provide us with analytics that may be used to enhance teaching and timetables in the future. 

Yes, all timetabled teaching events will be monitored including online and on campus events.

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