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Submitting an appeal

We have developed a two-stage academic appeal procedure to ensure a fair and comprehensive process. This page outlines each stage and the anticipated timescales involved.

Appeal stages

Submitting a Stage One appeal

Stage One of the appeal procedure involves consideration of the appeal by a member of the Appeals and Complaints team. All individuals must complete Stage One before choosing to proceed to Stage Two.

Submitting a Stage Two appeal

Stage Two of the appeal procedure involves the consideration of the academic appeal by a University Appeal Panel and can only be undertaken once an outcome has been received at Stage One.

Before submitting your appeal:

  • Refer to the Guidance for submitting an Academic Appeal document before submitting a Stage One appeal.
  • Ensure that your results have been officially published and that you submit within the ten working days deadline.
  • Be clear and concise when writing your statement – remember that the Complaints and Appeals Team will not know the background to your case so it is important to include all of the relevant details in a chronological order.
  • Seek help from The Students' Union at UWE Bristol Advice Centre if you require support completing the appeal.
  • Where possible, obtain documentary evidence to support your circumstances.

Alternative formats

If you require information in a an alternative format, please contact the Academic Appeals Team as soon as possible via email academicappeals@uwe.ac.uk or call +44(0)117 32 83371.

Is it possible for someone to act on my behalf?

Yes, but it is preferable for you to handle your application for an appeal yourself. Find out about appointing someone to act on your behalf.

Academic appeal – frequently asked questions

View our appeal FAQs if you have questions about submitting an appeal.

Referral to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) runs an independent scheme to review student’s academic appeals. If you are unhappy with the outcome you may be able to ask the OIA to review your case.  You can find more information about making a complaint to the OIA, what it can and can’t look at and what it can do to put things right on the student tab of the OIA’s website. 

You normally need to have completed the academic appeal procedure before you complain to the OIA.  We will send you a letter called a “Completion of Procedures Letter” when you have reached the end of our processes and there are no further steps you can take internally.  If your appeal is not upheld, you will be issued with a Completion of Procedures Letter automatically.  If your appeal is upheld or partly upheld you can ask for a Completion of Procedures Letter if you want one.  You can find out more information about a Completion of Procedures Letter and when you should expect one on the Completion of Procedures Letters page of the OIA’s website.

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