Undergraduate Confirmation Forum

Role of the Undergraduate Confirmation Forum

The Undergraduate Confirmation Forum (UCF) will meet to consider the progress of students studying at levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 on the undergraduate taught provision to confirm progression decisions made by the SEC and confirm the awards of graduating students.

The UCF is the body that authorises, confirms or makes awards to students registered on on-campus undergraduate free programmes which run to the semester calendar. To achieves this, it:

  • reviews student records referred to it with a view to making awards or implementing regulations with regard to individual programmes;
  • provides a forum for discussion of principles which underpin the regulations and decisions that flow from them;
  • discusses and agrees guidelines by which SECs will make judgements on student progress and achievement;
  • authorises reports to Student Finance England or other funding bodies on student progress;
  • provides a forum to consider general points related to the equity and standards of awards to students and to feedback views from other Programme Leads to SECs.


Membership of UCF will be as follows:

  • Pro-vice Chancellor (student experience) or Academic Registrar (chair)
  • Deputy Director of Academic and Student Administration and Head of Student Records and Curriculum Management
  • Head of Taught Student Information Management and Programme Support Advisers (clerk to the UCF)
  • Chairs of Subject Examination Committee or their faculty QLIC approved alternates

Any other External Examiner, Dean of Faculty or Programme Lead may choose to attend as an observer. 

In general, UCF does not discuss those students who meet all the requirements for the award for which they are registered or who do not fall foul of any regulations. Instead a progressive filtering system is used so that students who fall foul of the regulations - especially those concerned with progression - are dealt with according to standard practices and/or guidelines without further discussion.  

Some of the problems are resolved by correcting errors or omissions (e.g. missing marks found, outstanding IC or DD grades converted etc). SECs will, of course, also be considering proposed changes to module marks following moderation and these may also lead to changes to awards or other recommendations. Once these have been decided and reported, these are all processed for the updated position of the students examination committee decisions to be presented to UCF. Any outstanding or unresolved queries must be responded to and resolved before the end of UCF.