If you believe your performance in an assessment was significantly affected by mitigating circumstances or an administrative error on the part of the College, you can lodge an appeal to request a further attempt at the assessment.
Please see below for further details and to find out how we can support you through the process.
Provided that the appeal is submitted on time, meets the appeals criteria and contains suitable supporting evidence, it will be forwarded to your Faculty Assessment Board (a group of academics who make decisions about assessments) for consideration.
You have 15 working days (which is usually 21 calendar days) to submit the webform after the publication of your ratified (officially confirmed) result. You can check on student records to see if your result is ratified. The webform automatically sends to Student Conduct and Appeals. You can tick a box to request that you are sent a copy too – we strongly recommend doing this.
There are only two main grounds for appealing:
- That you had mitigating circumstances that you could not tell the College about at the time.
- That there was a serious administrative error by the College.
However, if you submitted a Mitigating Circumstances Form at the time of your assessment(s) and it was declined, you can also appeal that decision on these two grounds:
- There is new evidence that you couldn’t provide at the time you submitted your MCF, which shows that your case should be reconsidered.
- There was a significant administrative error made by the College when they considered your MCF, which shows your case should be reconsidered.
Unfortunately, the College doesn't accept appeals on the basis of what is known as 'academic judgement', which is when a student disagrees with the mark they have received. Unfortunately, any appeals that are submitted without evidence of mitigating circumstances or an administrative error are likely to be rejected by Student Conduct and Appeals, so would not be forwarded to the Assessment Board for consideration. If you are concerned there has been an error with your mark, then you can contact your department to request a clerical check.
The most important part of the appeal form is the statement, which must be backed up by independent third party evidence (such as from a doctor, counsellor or similar professional). Please see below for guidance on completing these and get in touch if you need further support.
Our Triage Advisor can provide you with guidance on completing the appeal form, and a Caseworker can check over your statement and evidence before you submit it to the College. You should receive an outcome (via e-mail) within 42 days of your ratified results being published.
College regulations regarding appeals can be found here.
Please be aware that you can only appeal once your result or decision has been ratified by the Board of Examiners.