School of English

The School of English Learning Partnership

We have drawn up the Learning Partnership to show clearly both what we expect of you as students and what the School of English will do and provide in order to support your study

What we expect from students



You are responsible not only to yourself and your own results, but also to all the people in your teaching groups, both students and tutor, to be present and engaged in learning. To that end, we expect students to: 

Be as prepared as you can be for your teaching sessions (lectures, workshops, seminars etc.) by completing as much of your reading as possible in the appropriate timescales.

Attend scheduled teaching sessions. Attendance is compulsory, and absences (e.g. for illness) should be notified to:  and copied to the module tutor.

Attendance is regularly monitored and students with low attendance will be required to attend meetings with their academic advisor and/or the Director of Student Experience / Head of School. Students with persistent low attendance may be required to withdraw temporarily or permanently from their studies.
Participate in seminars or other teaching sessions: by listening to others, asking questions, making contributions and completing other required tasks.



Engagement requires organisation, so we expect you to:

Manage your time to fulfil the expectations of engagement listed above. Engagement requires organisation, and balancing the competing demands on your time as a student, including any employment you undertake.

Organise yourself so that you arrive on time to attend all your teaching sessions. This might mean avoiding a late night out if you have a 9 o’clock lecture or seminar the next day.

Bring copies of your texts to seminars and be otherwise appropriately equipped for your study sessions.



We treat students as adult learners and expect you to:

Have a responsible attitude to your own study

Have a responsible attitude to others’ learning. This means understanding that your learning involves responsibility to a larger group (e.g. your seminar or workshop group). If you are absent from, or ill-prepared for, a teaching session, other students will be affected.

Check your university email account regularly: we often communicate important information via email.

Use email and other communications, including social media, respectfully. Be aware of email etiquette, e.g. whilst you may address academics by their first name, informal text-speak is not appropriate and any requests should be made politely. If you have a query, check available sources of information (Sussex Direct, Study Direct, email inbox) before emailing a tutor. Please be aware that we and our inboxes are often busy during term and we may not always be able to respond to an email as soon as you would like – it may take us a number of days to get back to you. Please also  be aware that tutors cannot be expected to respond to emails out of office hours or at weekends.


What the School of English and the University of Sussex will provide for you

As our contribution to the Learning Partnership, the School of English and University of Sussex will:

Provide teaching appropriate to the learning objectives for each module.

Communicate clearly around expectations for seminars and assessments. Expectations for seminars or teaching may be given verbally or via email; assessment requirements will be formally posted on Study Direct.

Provide vacation reading lists to enable students to prepare in advance of term.

Mark assessments in accordance with published marking grids showing clearly our marking criteria.

Provide individual student feedback and return coursework within the advertised timeframe (currently 15 working days) in term time. Assessments submitted at the end of term will be returned the following term. 

Ensure academic advisors and module tutors are available for consultation in office hours (two hours per week in term time).

Work with the Library to ensure adequate provision of learning resources to support your study.

Work with student reps at School meetings and other School and University committees to listen and respond to student concerns and suggestions.

Monitor and respond to feedback on teaching from Module Evaluation Questionnaires and other channels.