To ensure a fair approach for all research papers submitted, Oxford Brookes University (OBU) introduced the requirement of anonymous submission.
All documents provided as part of your application should make no reference to your name or other identifying information, besides your ACCA number.
Each paper goes through a thorough review process to ensure that all papers are treated equally and that the criteria for grading are applied uniformly .
Here is a flow chart of that process:
Additionally, to the internal review system, a sample of reports are subject to external review to ensure a steady application of standards across all papers.
OBU implemented an additional layer of review, by selecting a sample of students that will be required to go through a viva, an oral examination. The examination can be done in person or over Skype and last around 15 minutes.
The student is required to present his paper and will be asked probative questions to ensure that the work submitted is his own.
Any indication of plagiarism or misconduct (cheating) will be reported to ACCA and an investigation will take place to assess the facts and decide upon the course of action. If you want to know more about the process, take a look at the article “Don’t cheat. The impact is to big!”
In case your paper receives a “Fail” grade, you can utilize the feedback received to improve your paper and re-submitted. The maximum number of attempts is 3. More about re-submission in the article “I have failed. What now?”