Fitness to Practise Appeals


The Fitness to Practise Regulations (which only apply to specific programmes of study) allows a student to appeal against a decision of the Faculty Fitness to Practise Committee to the Senate Appeals Panel, on specified grounds.


You may only appeal against a decision of the Committee upon one or more of the following grounds:-

  1.  that there was a material procedural irregularity which rendered the process leading to the initial decision unfair;
  2.  that material of which the student could not reasonably have been expected to have been aware of at the time of the initial decision casts substantial doubt upon the appropriateness of that decision;
  3.  that the initial decision was manifestly unreasonable.


You should apply in writing within 15 working days of the date of the letter of notification of the decision, for your case to be considered by the Senate Appeals Panel in accordance with the established Procedures. The Panel may confirm, quash or vary the original decision but has no power to vary any decision made by the Examiners.


Advice for Students

The Student Advice Centre can advise a student on their position.


Click on the General Regulations relating to Student Fitness to Practise for the relevant academic year in the University Calendar


Notes on the Procedures relating to Student Fitness to Practise

External Review

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) runs an independent scheme to review student complaints. The University of Sheffield is a member of this scheme. If the student is unhappy with the outcome they may be able to ask the OIA to review their case. Information about making a complaint to the OIA, what it can and cannot look at, and what it can do to put things right is available on the OIA website:

The student normally needs to have completed the Student Complaints Procedure before they can complain to the OIA. The student will receive a “Completion of Procedures Letter” when they have reached the end of the procedure, and there are no further steps they can take internally. The Student Advice Centre can advise on the OIA review process.