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Appeals FAQs

Q. Can I appeal a provisional grade?

A. A stage 2 appeal cannot be lodged.


Q. What are the acceptable grounds for appeal?

A. The three grounds of appeal are: 

  • Extenuating circumstances not known to the examiners, and which you were unable to disclose within 7-days of the assessment(s) affected

  • Administrative error or procedural irregularity
  • Evidence of prejudice or bias on the part of one or more of the examiners


Q. Can I appeal because of industrial action?

A. Industrial action is not a ground for appeal. However information about the effects of industrial action could be included as evidence for having valid grounds. For example, if a department had not followed the marking and moderating processes during the industrial action period, this would be grounds for appeal.  


Q. Can I appeal because of Covid-19?

A. Covid-19 is not a separate ground for appeal. However information about the effect of Covid-19 could be included if one of the three grounds are met. For example if you had Covid-19 and were too ill to submit the work or complete EC’s they could appeal on this basis.


Q. Is having a borderline grade a grounds for appeal?  

A. No, having a borderline grade is not a ground for appeal.  


Q. Do the exceptional regulations affect my rights to appeal?  

A. You will have the right to appeal under the three grounds. However if the exceptional regulations apply to the course it will reduce the need to appeal in some circumstances. You can read more about the exceptional regulations here.


Q. I have been told I cannot appeal on the basis of academic judgement.  What does this mean? 

A. The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) provides a useful explanation of how academic judgement is defined under the Higher Education Act (2004):

Academic judgment is a judgment that is made about a matter where only the opinion of an academic expert is sufficient. A decision about assessment, a degree classification, fitness to practise, research methodology, or course content or outcomes will normally involve academic judgment. The following areas do not involve academic judgment: decisions about the fairness of procedures, whether they have been correctly interpreted, what the facts are, how a provider has communicated with the student, whether an opinion has been expressed outside the area of an academic’s competence, the way the evidence has been considered, whether there is evidence of bias or maladministration.


Need more information? The university has further guidance here.

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