Appeals - Self Help Guide
Thinking about appealing your results? Here are the key things to know.
- Understand what you can appeal. You can appeal an Assessment Board’s decision including any of your marks. There are specific grounds under which you can appeal outlined in the assessment regulations and your programme handbook. Information can also be found on our website here.
- Identify the ground(s) of appeal relevant to your circumstances. Then consider if you realistically meet any of the grounds. While every student has a right to appeal, the University will not consider your appeal unless you are able to demonstrate with evidence how you meet at least one of the grounds of appeal.
- You can’t challenge academic judgement. This means you can’t appeal just because you feel you deserved a higher mark. If you feel strongly there has been an error, speak to your course officer or ask your lecturer for feedback including how your mark was calculated. They can check for errors and help you improve for your future assessments.
- Check the deadline for appealing. There is a strict deadline for all appeals and you usually won’t be able to appeal until the results have been finalised and formally published by the Assessment Board. If you are unsure, contact your Course Office or School Office who will be able to tell you.
- Writing your appeal. You will be required to complete an appeal form and answer questions about how you meet the grounds of appeal. You don’t need to write an essay, but you must outline the key points in your appeal. It may help to write a timeline of the events in date order explaining what happened, when it happened and how your ability to study and assessment was affected. This can help you to complete the appeal form.
- Evidence. Evidence is essential when demonstrating how you meet the grounds of appeal. Collect relevant evidence to prove you meet the grounds of appeal. If you don’t have evidence you need to explain why but an appeal without evidence is unlikely to be accepted as the University wouldn’t usually accept your word as evidence. If you are unsure about what evidence is needed ask our Union Advice Service.
- Outcomes. While it’s helpful to say exactly what you want. Try to think realistically about the possible outcomes. You will not be given extra marks you have not earned academically. The most likely outcome is to be offered a replacement opportunity to complete the assessment at a later date. List your preferred outcomes and mention anything you think the University should be aware of such that might affect your ability to retake anything or progress into the next year etc.