Academic appeals


Please note, the appeals process should not be used if you have a query regarding your marks. If this is the case, please email, outlining what your query is and which module it relates to.


Students have a right of appeal against academic decisions and recommendations made by the Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC), and Faculty Boards (or Deans of Faculty acting on their behalf) that affect their academic progress. The grounds of appeal, and the mechanisms by which that right may be exercised, are described in full in the University procedures relating to Student Academic Appeals.



Appeals may be made in respect of the following areas relating to the process of assessment:-

  • A formal assessment result
  • A degree classification
  • A decision consequential to an academic failure (e.g. termination of registration)
  • Postgraduate research students may also appeal against a decision relating to their registration status, such as transfer to continuation status, change of mode of study, early submission of thesis etc
  • The decision reached is one which no reasonable body, properly directing itself, could have arrived at (for Mitigation Appeals)
  • Decision consequential to unsatisfactory academic progress.



Grounds for appeal are restricted to:-

(a) Material circumstances affecting your performance of which a Board of Examiners or the Board of Faculty (or the Dean of Faculty acting on its behalf) had not been aware before reaching its decision, only if you can present reasonable grounds why such circumstances had not been presented to the Board in advance of its meeting; and/or

(b) Procedural irregularities in the formal conduct of an assessment or in reaching another academic decision; and/or

(c) Evidence of prejudice or of bias on the part of one or more examiners and/or markers.



All Stage 1 appeals:


- Must to submitted to the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Manger (who receives appeals on behalf of the College Dean) by email to

- Must be submitted (within 10 working days of receipt of an academic decision) using the Stage 1 Appeal Form available to download via the University procedures relating to Student Academic Appeals.

- The student must ensure that the form is completed correctly, and that all supporting evidence is included.


The College will not undertake to seek or request any supporting evidence from, or on behalf of, the student.


A Stage 1 appeal submitted under the grounds of:

(a) Material circumstances, must be supported by evidence from an independent professional (e.g. a medical practitioner), and must provide compelling reason why these circumstances had not been presented earlier. Section 10.3.2 of the relevant University Procedures states that 'Retrospective or late applications for mitigation should only be considered in exceptional circumstances, where there are compelling reasons why the application was not made at the time. Examples may include an emerging condition, the effect of which was not clear at the time of the assessment, or a condition such as severe clinical depression which affects a student’s ability to understand or engage with the procedures.'


A Stage 1 appeal must be submitted within 10 working days of being notified of an academic decision. The College will normally resolve a Stage 1 appeal within 30 calendar days.