Do You Wish to Appeal a Decision?
If you are unhappy with your results or feel something was wrong with your assessment you may be able to appeal against the decision. The School will not accept an appeal based on questioning the academic judgement of the staff or examiners. This means that you cannot appeal because you believe your mark should have been better. However, if you have other concerns about the way you have been assessed then you could have grounds for appeal.
There are two grounds set out by the regulations relating to appeals under which an appeal can be made:
1. Procedural Defect - in other words there has been a mistake in the way your assessment was carried out
2. New information about mitigating circumstances for which you had good reason to have not informed the School about before your results were published.
If you believe that you may have grounds for an appeal get in touch with the Advice & Support Service. Our Advisers can offer you independent advice on the appeals process, and help you put together the strongest case for your appeal. You only have four weeks to appeal starting from the date on which the letter informing you of your results was posted to you so you should get in contact with the Advice & Support Service as soon as you can.
It is important to consult the regulations for the consideration of appeals against decisions of boards of examiners for taught courses before you enter into the appeals process.
Research students can consult the regulations that apply to you here.
What is the procedure for making an appeal?
An appeal must be made in writing to the academic registrar and must be made within one calendar month of the date on which the School posted the decision that you wish to appeal against. Your letter of appeal should include a contact address, details of the examination for which you are appealing and the grounds for your appeal.
The academic registrar will let you know when s/he has received your appeal letter. If the academic registrar then decides that there is a case for appeal, s/he will pass it to the chair of the Exam Board who will reconsider your case.
Appeal statement Tips:
The University prefer statements to be factual and straight to the point. Try to avoid including your whole life story!
- Read the appeal regulations
- Try to keep your appeal factual and concise
- Clearly highlight which grounds you are appealing on
- Refer to the academic regulations throughout your appeal where necessary
- Explain your circumstances clearly and in chronological order, highlighting
what happened / what went wrong and how your work was affected as a direct result of these circumstances
- Include key dates
- Explain your desired outcome should your appeal be accepted
- An Adviser can read your statement before you submit and provide guidance