Examinations and assessment framework (EAF)

The Examinations and assessment framework (EAF) details the University's policy relating to University Examinations and assessment practices for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. It aligns with and expands on the Examination Regulations. It also provides more detailed guidance in relation to specific processes, primarily through annexes. It is of relevance for examiners and all other staff involved in University Examinations and assessment.

The EAF has been updated to capture all dispensations and changes to practice authorised by Education Committee and the Proctors during the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of which have been incorporated as permanent changes.

A PDF version of the full policy and guidance (including all annexes) is available below.

Examinations and assessment framework (valid from Michaelmas term 2020)


Operational guidance

Operational guidance and policy is provided through the Examination and Assessments staff website



The following circulars have been issued in 2020-21:

Circular 1: Examinations policy including changes due to the impact of Covid-19

Circular 2: Exam adjustments

Circular 3: Part 14

Circular 4: Examinations policy - update late MT20

Circular 5: Academic support package - statement for submissions

Circular 6: Assessment support package

Circular 7: EAF update March 2021

Circular 8: Online submissions

Circular 9: Assessment 2021-22

Circular 10: EAF update Aug 2021, late submission of exam responses early MT21, updated SpLD marking guidance, review of educational recording policy, and update on the captioning service


Word version annexes and forms

Annexes of the EAF provided as separate documents are available below:

Annex A: Examination conventions template for 2020-21

Annex A; Examination conventions template for 2021-22

Reports for mitigating circumstances:

Section A - pro-forma approach

Section B - table approach


Also in relation to assessment the following guide is provided on the use of Turnitin:

The use of Turnitin at the University of Oxford: A guide for tutors, examiners and administrators


Contact us

Education Policy Support
University Offices
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Tel: 01865 270091