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UC Student Blogger | Receiving an academic progress letter

After the release of your exam results, colleges will check the progress of all their students to see if they are on track. If you aren’t heading in the right direction, Academic Progress Reviews can provide help and support, and get you back on the road to success. Find out more about Academic Progress Reviews here

As part of this review, you may receive an academic progress letter. UC student blogger gives their personal experience of receiving an academic progress letter and how to make the most of the support available. 

“Getting an academic progress letter indicates that you haven’t performed well in the past semester, and this has come to the attention of the college you are enrolled in. Getting an academic progress letter is not an inherently bad thing, it is more of a check-in or preliminary warning. It just means that your college wants to make sure that you’re adapting well to UC and that you’re not missing out on any services that you’re entitled to. I myself received one after my first semester of studying, and since then my academic performance has improved significantly. Initially receiving an academic letter seemed intimidating, but I now view it as a positive intervention.

An academic progress letter is intended to be a kind of check-up note. Don’t continue on as though nothing has happened. Take what has happened into account and follow the instructions dictated in the letter. It is recommended that you go and meet with a student advisor at your college as soon as you can. Do this quickly so that you, alongside a student advisor, can make a game plan on what you’re doing next. Certain classes only occur once per academic year so it’s important to ensure you’re not going to spend longer at university than you need to. Your college and student advisors are on your side, but it’s up to you to take the first step and acknowledge that you may need a helping hand.

I had already planned to change degree prior to getting an academic letter. Therefore, I needed to go and see a student advisor in my new college to ensure that I had transferred credits correctly and was on track. I know several students who have made use of the academic services that UC offers to all students free of charge and they can’t recommend it enough. Take advantage of everything UC has to offer, university is tough enough there’s no need to make it harder than it needs to be.

The university has clear expectations for the number of hours you are expected to dedicate to each paper. For a standard 15-point paper you are expected to set aside 10 hours a week for studying. Therefore, for a standard course load you are supposed to dedicate 40 hours per week to studying. Many of us fail to dedicate this amount of time to our studies throughout the semester. Other times, there is just a lot going on in our lives which means university can take a back seat, leading to poor performance. An academic progress letter indicates that you need to improve your performance and should be taken seriously.

Getting an academic progress letter was very intimidating for me, but planning in advance and speaking with a student advisor meant that I remained on track to graduate without any extra time spent at uni. Take the first step and go and see someone at university. You won’t regret reaching out.”

Find out more about Academic Progress Reviews here

Mid-Year Exam Results, Academic Progress & December Graduation

Results for most undergraduate Semester 1 courses will be available online in the morning of Monday 6 July.

You can access mid-year results by logging into myUC and selecting the link “Internal transcript and results”.

You can find further information about results and appeals on the Results and Appeals webpage.

Academic Progress Reviews

At the end of each semester, the University checks the academic progress of all students and the next check-up is about to take place. Students’ academic transcripts are reviewed to make sure they are on track to succeed in their studies and meet the professional requirements for their chosen degree. If you are not heading in the right direction you may have restrictions placed on your enrolment, or be excluded from your Award/UC.

If you are not on track with your studies, you may receive an academic progress letter between 9 and 14 July. Please check your student email account regularly to ensure you receive any important information relevant to your future study at UC.

For information on who can help you with the Academic Progress process and to find resources to help you get awesome results in your studies, check out the Academic Progress website.

Applying to graduate

Students who are eligible to graduate as a result of their 2020 study can apply online through the UC Graduation website.

Applications for the December 2020 ceremonies will be open from 1–31 August. Students wishing to graduate at a ceremony in December must apply before the end of August. No late applications will be accepted.

Applications for the April 2021 ceremonies will open in February 2021.

Students can also apply to graduate in absentia and receive their diploma by mail.