What can I appeal?
You can appeal an academic decision made by the University, such as the decision to terminate your course.
Course termination means that you have failed at least one module at the second and final attempt and you are no longer able to complete your course.
Other decisions that can be appealed include: penalties for academic misconduct, decisions about your progression and a rejection of a request for Extenuating Circumstances. You will need to read the Academic Appeal regulations for a full list of the decisions you can appeal.
IMPORTANT - Academic appeals need to be submitted within 10 working days (weekends do not count towards this) of you being formally notified of the University's decision e.g. from the date on your course termination letter
You cannot challenge a mark or a decision on the following grounds:
1. You are unhappy with the mark you were awarded.
2. You thought you would, or should, have achieved a better mark.
Both of the above are challenges to the academic judgement and will not be accepted by the University.
If you have questions about your case for appeal, please speak to one of the Academic Advice team via the contact details below.
What grounds can I appeal on?
You can make an academic appeal if you can show evidence of one or more of these grounds:
that staff or bodies have failed to follow regulations and/or procedures or have
failed to follow them with due care
that staff or bodies have shown bias or prejudice towards the student in the way
they have made the relevant academic decision
that the student's performance was affected by extenuating circumstances that
they could not report at the time for valid reasons
that the student’s performance was affected by extenuating circumstances that
were reported at the time and relevant new evidence has since become available
which has not been taken into account in making the relevant academic decision
What do I need to do first?
First you need to read the University Regulations for Academic Appeals. We are happy to answer questions if there is anything you do not understand but as you are the one making an appeal it is important that you fully understand the University's requirements and procedures.
The Regulations for Academic Appeals, along with a video showing how to upload an appeal can be found on the web-site of the Office of Student Complaints, Appeals and Regulations (OSCAR) - please see this link -
Important: if your application is on the basis of extenuating circumstances (ECs) you could not report at the time, you will need to make sure you read the ECs regulations to see what circumstances and evidence are considered valid. These can also be found on the webpage above.
If you did not report your ECs before your assessment or deadline, you will need to provide evidence that one or more of the following apply to your case:
- that you were awaiting a diagnosis of their illness or its confirmation and
you submitted a request at the appropriate time whilst awaiting receipt of the
- that the nature your illness affected the your capacity to report it
that you did not have access at the time to their medical practitioner
(including GP or clinical specialist) or registered counsellor, their minister of
religion, or solicitor, to provide support and the required independent evidence
Decide what grounds your appeal will be on.
Write your statement – make sure you are clear about what you are appealing, on what grounds and the outcome you are seeking.
Gather your evidence. The burden of proof is on you as the student appealing, so it is vital that you have evidence to support your case.
Submit the online form. This can be accessed via Student Self-Serve. A video explaining the form can be found on the OSCAR website.
I need further advice:
You can make an appointment with one of our Academic Advice team. Appointments are for a maximum of 30 minutes, Monday - Friday 10-4pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information and attaching any relevant documents:
Year of study
Details of your case, including grounds for appeal
Details of supporting evidence
What you need advice on
Deadline for your appeal