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11:02am on Thursday, 26th July, 2018:
When I was an undergraduate, the final degree grades were posted on a wall for everyone to see them. Nowadays, thanks to data protection legislation, this doesn't occur. As a result, I have no idea what degree classification any of my students obtained for their three years of effort.
I don't even know if they passed. I know that one student has to resit one of my modules, so hasn't passed; I don't know which student that is, though, nor whether any of my other students have to resit other modules. I could have found out whether they'd passed (although not their classification) if I'd been at the graduation ceremony, but that was last week when I was on my hols.
Until recently, it was possible for me to look through a list of printed-out names to see what students had achieved. Even this isn't possible now. If I want to know, I have to ask the now-former students (who all seem to believe, not unreasonably, that we're told how well they did). Needless to say, few of them read their emails after graduation (or indeed before it), so it's only when they ask me to write a reference or something that I can find out. So it is that I know that one of my supervisees got a first-class degree, which I'm very pleased with as he had a lot of bad luck. I don't know what any of the others got, though.
It's somewhat dispiriting to accompany students along a long and arduous journey and never find out what happened at the end. It's like reading a book with a missing final page.
None of them seem to have hired assassins to hunt me down, though, so I'm hopeful that all went well.
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