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If you feel that you have in some way been disadvantaged during your studies and this is reflected in your results then you may have grounds for an academic appeal.

There are four grounds for appeal which are:

  • Computational Error
  • Material Procedural & Administrative Error
  • Course Management Deficiencies
  • Previously Undisclosed Extenuating Circumstances

You cannot submit a Request for an Appeal Hearing until your results have been confirmed by a Module Board/Progression Board/Award Board. You have 15 working days after your results are available on Results Online in which to submit your Request for an Appeal Hearing.

Appeals process - frequently asked questions

Plus Icon 1. I’m not sure whether I want to submit an appeal. Who can I speak to for advice?

You may find it useful to discuss your issues informally in the first instance. Discussing your marks with your personal tutor first is a good idea and can help to clear up any misunderstanding.

You can also contact the Students’ Union Advice Service by telephone on 0113 812 8400 or by email to The Students’ Union is a separate organisation from the University and they will be able to offer impartial advice and support to students who are thinking of appealing.

The Governance and Legal Services team will be able to offer you advice about procedures and regulations for appeals, but they will not be able to help you fill out your form.

Plus Icon 2. How do I appeal?

You need to complete an Appeal Hearing Request Form.

It is essential that you include ALL relevant information and evidence that relates to your appeal.

Please make clear what outcome you are seeking as a result of your academic appeal.

Once you have completed your form please return it, along with your evidence, to the Governance and Legal Services team. The email address and the postal address are on the form.

Plus Icon 3. Will you contact me if something is missing or isn't clear?

It is your responsibility to ensure that that all the relevant information and evidence is included.

We will not be able to contact you either for clarification or regarding anything that you did not provide. The members of staff who consider your appeal will do so entirely on the form and evidence that you submit, so it is important that you make your case fully and clearly, and that you link your circumstances to why you are appealing.

Plus Icon 4. What are the allowed grounds for appeal?

There are 4 grounds on which you can submit an appeal:

  • Computational Error
  • Material Procedural or Administrative Error
  • Programme Management Deficiencies
  • Previously Undisclosed Extenuating Circumstances

Please see the guidance section of your appeal request form for further information about the grounds of appeal.

Plus Icon 5. What is academic judgement?

Academic judgement is the opinion about a piece of work that can only be given by an academic expert. You cannot submit an appeal that questions academic judgement.

Plus Icon 6. I was ill at the time of my exams/assignments - can I take them again to improve my marks or can my circumstances be taken into consideration to improve my marks?

When you sit an exam or when you submit your assignments, you are declaring yourself “fit to sit/fit to submit”.

This means that if you have taken assessments and you appeal on the grounds of previously undisclosed extenuating circumstances, you will have to provide compelling reasons why it was not possible for you to use the normal mitigation process at the appropriate time. If you are unable to provide compelling reasons why you did not seek mitigation at the appropriate time, then it is likely that your appeal request will be rejected.

Plus Icon 7. How long will the process take?

We aim to get a response to you about your appeal in 20 working days.

If your case is particularly complex, or if there is a particularly high number of appeal requests, you might receive your outcome later than this. The appeals process can involve detailed scrutiny of your case by a number of people.

We will endeavour to keep you informed about the progress of your appeal, but you can contact the Governance and Legal Services team after 20 working days to ask for an update if you have not received a response.

Plus Icon 8. Will my appeal be treated confidentially?

Your appeal documentation will have to be seen by a number of people but this is always kept to the minimum required. We will only discuss the progress of your appeal with you, unless you have given us permission to speak with a representative, for example, a parent or a Students’ Union advisor.

Plus Icon 9. The academic year has started and I don't have an outcome for my appeal

If the academic year has started and you have not received the outcome of your appeal request, you will normally be entitled to attend your next level classes until your appeal request is complete. If your appeal request is rejected, you will no longer be entitled to attend those classes.

Plus Icon 10. Am I able to graduate if I have submitted an appeal request?

If you have received an award, you are entitled to graduate at the graduation ceremonies. If your classification is changed as a result of an appeal hearing, you will be issued with a new certificate and transcript.

Plus Icon 11. I am unhappy about the outcome of my appeal. What can I do?

If your appeal has been rejected, then you can submit a request for a review.

The review will be considered by a member of staff who has had no prior involvement in your case. If your review request is rejected, you can apply to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) who will look at your case independently from the University.

Section 9 of the Academic Regulations Appeals Right Arrow

This page was last modified: 03/06/2021

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