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Do we penalise over-long assignments?

There is no University-wide standard penalty for over-length assessed work. Departments should deal with over-length work as they see fit. Different rules will be appropriate in different subjects, and even within the same subject: for example, you might want to be more lenient with a standard assessed essay and stricter if the task you've set is specifically testing concision and precis skills. Provided students are clear in advance how over-length assignments will be treated, there does not appear to be a problem in this area that needs fixing.