Appeals

You can use the appeals procedure if you want to challenge your degree classification or any other mark which has been finalised.

You can also appeal against other decisions, for example if you feel mitigating circumstances were not taken into account. The appeals process is only available for students on taught programmes.

The basics 

  • The University's appeals procedure is the process used by students to change a finalised mark or degree classification, or any other decision that has been finalised by an exam board or school committee.
  • Appeals must be submitted within 20 working days of your results being published online. 
  • You cannot appeal if you have already graduated. 

What can I appeal against?

You can use the appeals procedure to challenge your degree classification or any other mark which has been finalised.

You can also appeal against other decisions, for example if you feel mitigating circumstances were not taken into account. In cases such as this we would recommend you contact the Student Advice Centre in the University Union for detailed advice.

On what grounds can I appeal?

In order to appeal you must be able to show why the mark or classification you are appealing against is unfair, or does not represent your true academic ability. Every appeal is different but common examples include:

  • Mitigating circumstances (like illness or personal problems) that affected your performance, which you were unable to tell your department about at the time.
  • Mitigating circumstances which your department were aware of, but you do not think were taken into consideration.
  • You believe your degree classification was not calculated correctly.
  • A procedural problem over the way an exam or assessment was conducted or marked.
  • Disputes over extensions or penalties for missed deadlines.
  • Problems with the provision of tuition, resources or supervision.
If you wish to submit an appeal, you should also read the University's guide to the appeals process.