Grounds for appeal

The grounds on which you can appeal are set out in the Academic Appeals Policy are limited to instances where there has been material and significant administrative error or other material irregularity – such that the assessments were not conducted in accordance with the approved regulations for the module/award, ie instances where you believe the University has done something wrong.

These could include:

  • marks that have been recorded wrongly
  • assessments not conducted or calculated in the way described in the module specification or guide
  • lack of agreed reasonable adjustments
  • a rejected application for extenuating circumstances which you feel has not been considered properly. 

Things that are not grounds for appeal

You cannot use the appeal procedure to:

  • Submit an application for personal circumstances (formerly called extenuating circumstances). Personal circumstances are significant personal difficulties or circumstances which impact on your ability to complete, submit or attend a specific assessment, and are significantly disruptive matters outside of your control). 
  • Complain retrospectively about dissatisfaction with teaching or service-related provision, including supervision. Students need to use the University’s Complaints Procedure to raise issues at the time they are occurring so that the University has the opportunity to put measures in place.
  • Complain about a mark or other properly exercised academic judgement, simply because you have worked hard and feel you deserve better. ‘Academic Judgement’ is a judgement that is made about a matter where only the opinion of an academic expert is sufficient.

Next steps

If you wish to make an appeal please find out more about submitting an appeal. Alternatively, you can read our frequently asked questions.

Consent for third party representation

Find out about appointing someone to act on your behalf.

Helpful documents

Resources to support you with making an appeal:

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