Transform Project

Transform Project: Changes Coming in Autumn 2020

17 July 2018

What is the project?

The Transform Project is about streamlining the way our students get their qualifications: making it simpler, more focused and less pressurised. You can see a full list of project benefits further down this page.

We realise that people lead busy lives, and that juggling a complicated study programme on top of everything else is a challenge. That’s why we have been planning these changes – to help our students succeed.

Different types of students will be affected in slightly different ways by the upcoming changes, and at different times in their study programmes.

This page will be regularly updated to make sure that everyone knows exactly what is happening and when. Whilst the majority of the changes will not happen until autumn 2020, there is plenty to do before then.

We are working hard behind the scenes to bring this project to fruition. A dedicated project team has been established, made up of experts from different UCEM departments including Student Services, our faculties, Online Education, and administrative teams.

We have also been consulting with our key stakeholders throughout the many months of planning, including students, the Lead Student Representative, employers, External Examiners and professional statutory and regulatory bodies. We are very grateful to those who have helped us get this far by sharing their views and feedback through surveys and focus groups.

The changes planned will ensure that UCEM graduates continue to meet the demands of the sector, and are the next generation to lead it.

Project benefits – what do the changes involve?

The transform Project has been designed to provide various student benefits, including:

  • Revised programmes at all levels, in line with current sector practice
  • A simpler, more focused new semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module
  • The availability of in-year resits
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • More down-time from study

We will also be overhauling our internal processes and systems to ensure we can continue to support our students in the most effective way.

I’m an existing UCEM student – what does this mean for me?

The changes are coming into place in autumn 2020. If you complete your studies with us prior to autumn 2020, then the changes will not affect you.

If you will still be studying with us in autumn 2020 (and beyond) then how you will be affected will depend on what programme you are on, where you are in your studies, and how fast you are progressing.

Over the coming months we will be providing more information to each of you individually about how the changes will work for you and your particular programme, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure. We are working hard within the organisation to confirm the finer details, and will share the information with you as soon as we can.

I’ve recently applied or registered to join UCEM in autumn 2018 – what does this mean for me?

If you complete your studies with us prior to autumn 2020, then the changes will not affect you. For example, if you join us in autumn 2018 on a postgraduate programme, and you complete your studies in the standard two-year timeframe, these changes will not affect you.

However, for everyone else joining us in autumn 2018 (those on undergraduate programmes, and those on postgraduate programmes who do not complete within two years), you will see the changes implemented to your programme from the autumn 2020 semester onwards.

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on what programme you are studying, and where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide more information to each of you individually about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure

I’m thinking of joining UCEM in 2019 or 2020, what does this mean for me?

We are working towards ensuring more information is available on the programme pages of our website, so you can see in advance what the changes might mean for the programme you are interested in.

If you join us in autumn 2020 you will join straight onto the new semester structure, so you won’t experience any changes during your time with us.