Academic Reviews and Appeals

Boards of Examiners make academic judgements about their academic attainment and progression. There may be occasions when students might wish to dispute the decision of the Board of Examiners. Please note that you cannot request a review simply because you disagree with your mark or grade. Mitigating Circumstances issues must be dealt with under the Mitigating Circumstances process. Mitigating Circumstances do not constitute grounds for a Review or Appeal.

We encourage you to raise any concerns informally, for example, by speaking with your Personal Tutor, Module Coordinator, Programme Leader or Student Services. If you are unable achieve an informal resolution of your concerns, you may then access the formal Review and Appeal procedure.

Requesting a Review

A Review Request must be submitted within 10 working days of your formally receiving the Board of Examiners decision (receiving your results).

The Review Request Proforma is available on request from an Academic Appeals Officer. You will need to complete the Review Request Proforma and forward the completed form, and any supporting evidence, to an Academic Appeals Officer in the Governance Team.

Requesting an Appeal

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Review, you may appeal the Review decision by submitting an Appeal within 10 working days of receiving your Review Outcome letter.

The Appeal Proforma is available on request from an Academic Appeals Officer.

According to the University Regulations, the following shall not be considered as grounds for a Review and Appeal:

  • Marginal failure to attain a higher degree classification.
  • An appeal against the academic judgement of internal or external examiners.
  • Retrospective complaints against the standard of tutoring etc. These must be made before the results of Boards of Examiner deliberations and cannot be used to lever an appeal against the judgement of the Board.
  • Claims for extenuating circumstances.

The below are the only grounds for a Review and Appeal:

  • There was a procedural irregularity in any part of the assessment or other relevant process to which the claim relates, including the interpretation and application of the relevant regulations.
  • There is evidence of prejudice or of bias.
  • There was an error in the calculating or recording of the marks upon which the original decision was made.