Top Tip #8 - Learn how to navigate academic appeals
Whilst we hope that students feel their grades are a fair and true reflection of their work, we understand that sometimes things go wrong. In a small number of cases, students may be eligible to submit an academic appeal. However, we also understand that navigating the academic appeals processes can sometimes be daunting and confusing, so we’ve tried to explain things a little clearer for you below.
The first thing to note is that all academic appeals must be submitted within 20 working days of the grade you wish to appeal being confirmed by the Board of Examiners. Sometimes you will see a provisional grade on your Student Record; this means that the grade is yet to be confirmed by the Board of Examiners.
It is important to know whether or not your grade has been confirmed by the Board of Examiners before you submit an academic appeal. This is because academic appeals will not be considered before your grade is confirmed by the Board of Examiners, or more than 20 working days after your grade has been confirmed by the Board of Examiners. If you’re unsure, speak to a member of staff at one of the Student Helpzones.
It is also important to remember that the university will only consider academic appeals based on the following grounds:
a) that, at the time of the assessment, there existed circumstances which adversely affected the student’s performance and which the student was unable to communicate to the Board of Examiners before it reached its decision. In making a such case, the student shall provide valid documentary evidence where appropriate. Retrospective medical certification will not be accepted as valid
^ This essentially means that during the time of the assessment, you experienced extenuating circumstances that affected your performance in the assessment but were not reasonably able to tell the university about these circumstances before the Board of Examiners met.
b) that there has been an administrative error or procedural irregularity during the conduct of the relevant assessment of such a significant nature as to have materially affected the approved grade or mark awarded.
Therefore, when making an academic appeal you should clearly demonstrate how your situation relates to either (or both) of the only valid grounds for academic appeal (as stated above).
It’s important to remember that the most common outcome for successful academic appeals is a new attempt at the relevant assessment, and that the outcome is never to remark your initial work.
If you wish to make an academic appeal, you can access support from the Students’ Union (normally their Education Officer) to guide you through the process. To access this support email email@example.com and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.
More information on academic appeals can be found in Section 8 (Appeals) of the Academic Regulations for Taught Provision. You can also find all the forms you need here, but if you’ve still got questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com