Academic Appeals

Students are reminded of the "Our Commitment" partnership document, which sets out the expectations of both the University and of students, in order to help ensure the best learning experience.

Purpose

To allow students to apply for a reconsideration of a recommended grade for any module or degree classification or examination.

Grounds

Students must be able to show that either there has been a procedural error or that there is new evidence concerning mitigating circumstances that was not made available to the examiners and that it could not have been produced at an earlier stage.

Appeals will not be considered against the academic judgement of the examiners or in respect of the quality of teaching or supervision prior to the examination unless the student could not reasonably have been expected to have made this a subject of a complaint before the examination.

Representations may however be made where students do not accept departmental action taken against them where they have been found to have used unfair means in the assessment process.

Process

Students must apply in writing within 15 working days of the publication of the exam results using the Academic Appeals Form below (30 working days for a graduate research student).  The appeal will then be considered by the appropriate Faculty Officer.  If they find that there is a substantive case they will either determine that the appeal be upheld or refer the matter to an Academic Appeals Committee where it will be dealt with in accordance with the established procedures (involving a reopening of the issues originally dealt with by the examiners).

Contact

Advice for Students

The Student Advice Centre can give independent advice to a student on their position. In addition, they have a suite of self-help pages on how to lodge an Academic Appeal, clear explanations for the meaning of the individual and specific grounds, and what happens after you submit an Academic Appeal.

You are strongly encouraged to read these pages before submitting an Academic Appeal. Should you need further guidance after reading the pages, you can contact the Advice Centre for an appointment with an academic adviser.

Regulations

Read  the General Regulations as to Academic Appeals for the relevant academic year in the University Calendar

Procedures

External Review

If recourse to the University┬┤s internal procedures has not resulted in the resolution of a complaint or academic appeal to the student's satisfaction, the student may be able to apply for a review of the complaint/academic appeal by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), provided that the complaint or academic appeal taken to the OIA is eligible under its Rules. This is an independent review scheme and forms no part of the University's review or appeal procedures. The OIA will normally only review issues that have been dealt with through the University's internal procedures. The Student Advice Centre can advise on this independent review process. The OIA website can be found at:

Downloads

Download the Academic Appeals Form (PDF 103KB)

Download the Academic Appeals Form (Word 74KB)

Download Information for Students Submitting an Academic Appeal (Word 102KB)

Download Academic Appeals - Late Submission Form (Word 102KB)

Download Academic Appeals - Late Submission Form (PDF 89KB)