Mitigating circumstances

If you miss an exam or feel that how you performed in an exam or assessment was affected by illness or other challenging circumstances, you need to inform your parent school as soon as possible.

This only applies to taught assessments. 

What are mitigating circumstances?

Mitigating circumstances are normally exceptional, short term, unforeseen and unpreventable events that may have a significantly disruptive effect on your ability to study. These events are over and above the course of everyday life, and normally outside of your control, and may affect your ability to attend lectures, prepare for seminars, complete coursework, revise for and attend examinations.

Guidance notes on mitigating circumstances are available to clarify the different types of adverse events considered by the University to be mitigating circumstances.  The guidance notes also set out the mitigating circumstances process in detail.   

Please contact your parent school for mitigating circumstances guidance with local contact details and deadlines. 

How should I apply for mitigating circumstances? 

You should contact your parent school as soon as possible to explain the situation and seek guidance.  Applications for circumstances you feel have affected specific pieces of coursework or examination preparation/performance should be lodged within 5 working days of the submission deadline or examination date.  You may also need to consider how to provide evidence for your application, which may require obtaining medical evidence. 

You must contact your parent school for a mitigating circumstances form, complete this and then submit to your parent School (each school has their own version of the form with local contact details and deadlines). All mitigating circumstances claims should be submitted to your parent School, even if the module you are claiming for is taken in a different School.