Academic Appeals

For full information about the procedure and what to do see Regulation 42, and get advice from: Inside Your Department - Personal Tutor, Supervisor, Departmental Senior Tutor or other appropriate person in your Department

Outside Your Department:

Further information regarding the decisions an Exam Board can make that might create the right to make an academic appeal can be found in the regulations below for the different qualifications available.

When can you appeal?

  • Intermediate year undergraduates (ie non-finalist UG’s) - The only circumstance in which you can appeal is if you have been required to leave your course.

  • Final year undergraduates - Can appeal against their degree classification as well as against the decision not to award a degree at all.

  • Postgraduates -  Can appeal if a lower qualification than the one you registered for or no degree has been awarded (although you cannot appeal against a lower Masters' classification).

Important

You can't challenge matters of academic judgment when you appeal

On what basis can you appeal?

You can appeal under the following grounds:

Intermediate UG

You are in possession of evidence relevant to your examination performance which was not available to the Board of Examiners when its decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of examiners aware of this evidence;

Final year UG

You can appeal on any of the following grounds:

a.      You are in possession of evidence relevant to your examination performance which was not available to the Board of Examiners when its decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of examiners aware of this evidence;

b.      There appears to have been procedural irregularities in the conduct of the examination process;

c.       There appears to be evidence of prejudice or bias on the part of one or more of the examiners.

If you are a postgraduate, taught or research, you can appeal on any of the following grounds:

a.      You are in possession of evidence relevant to your examination performance which was not available to the Board of Examiners when its decision was reached and can provide good reasons for not having made the Board of examiners aware of this evidence;

b.      There appears to have been procedural irregularities in the conduct of the examination process;

c.       There appears to be evidence of prejudice or bias on the part of one or more of the examiners.

d.      There is evidence of inadequacy of supervisory or other arrangements during the student’s enrolment at the University. In this instance, you are required to explain why a complaint was not made at an earlier stage.

When must I submit my appeal?

You must make your appeal within 10 University working days of the date of notification of the decision of the Board of Examiners that is the subject of the appeal.

How do I appeal?

The University has a standard form, which must be used for all appeals. The form can be found on the University page about Academic Appeals

Can I get help with my Appeal?

Inside Your Department: Personal Tutor, Supervisor, Departmental Senior Tutor or other appropriate person in your Department.

Outside Your Department:

What can I do if I do not get the outcome I want?

If you have completed all of the University Procedures, you should receive a Completion of Procedures letter, in some circumstances you may need to ask for this letter. Once you have the Completion of Procedures Letter you can take your case to the OIA (Office of the Independent Arbitrator) who will review the decision.

Before you take a case to the OIA look at their website and talk to the SU Advice Centre for advice on how to proceed.