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In certain situations it is possible to submit an appeal against an academic decision, such as a mark received for assessed work, or a refusal to allow entry to a given Honours programme.

The allowed grounds for submitting an appeal are, however fairly limited. In particular, you cannot appeal simply because you disagree with an academic judgment, or with one of the University's policies. To submit an appeal, at least one of the following must apply:

  • extenuating personal circumstances that had a significant effect on academic performance, of which the University was not aware when the decision was taken, and which you could not have reasonably disclosed earlier; or
  • improper conduct of an assessment, or irregular application of regulations, that had a significant effect on the result; or
  • irregular procedure that had a significant effect on the academic decision of a Board of Adjudication hearing an academic misconduct case.

The official rules are given in the Policy on Student Academic Appeals (PDF, 478 KB). The appeals process does not cover complaints about the standard or quality of service provided by the University.

There is also a very useful guide to appeals published by the Students' Association.

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