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If you think there's been an error (or what the University calls a 'material irregularity') in a board's decision, you may want to consider appealing.
There are two boards that make decisions:
1. Examination Board decisions (your assessment grades).
You have the right to challenge the board's decision once grades have been published.
2. Mitigating Circumstances (MC) Board decisions (MC Claim outcomes).
You have the right to appeal an Mitigating Circumstances (MC) Board decision on your MC Claim.
Grounds for Appeal
What's really important to know is that you can't appeal just because you think a mark is incorrect as this is considered 'academic judgement'.
However if you think there has been 'material irregularity' (an error), for example, concerning the fairness of procedures, the facts of the case, misrepresentation, the manner of communication, bias, an opinion expressed outside the area of the marker's competence, the way evidence is considered, or maladministration in relation to these matters, these are all issues where academic judgement is not involved and so potentially grounds for an appeal.
What do I need to do?
Check the deadline
15 working days from the date of the decision.
Raise it informally with the University
Email your Personal Tutor and/or Course Leader or Head of Department.
Ask for their written confirmation that your assessments were marked and moderated appropriately, and your marks were recorded in the system correctly.
Prepare your appeal
1. Complete the Appeal Form
2. Clarify grounds for your appeal:
There has been a material irregularity in the assessment process, and / or
There has been a material irregularity in the conduct of the Mitigating Circumstances process.
3. Write a statement
Focus on your strong points.
Address any issues openly, e.g. submitting late? Explain your reasons.
Refer to the University Regulations where possible to make your appeal more persuasive.
4. Gather evidence
Anything that supports your case to demonstrate that the University has not followed the Regulations or procedures, or there has been an error, e.g. reasonable adjustments not in place during your assessments.
What can I do while I'm waiting for a decision?
Check with your Module Leader and Registry whether you should take any referral assessments (in case your appeal isn't upheld).
I'm unhappy with the outcome… What are my next steps?
You may be to appeal the decision:
You have 5 working days from the date of the decision.
Complete the 'Request for Review of Stage 1 Academic Appeal Form'
I'd like more support
I'd like help with submitting an Appeal
UWSU Advice offers friendly, free, confidential advice. We are independent of the University so are not involved in any part of the decision-making process but instead represent your interests.
We can help you with: answering your questions, understanding the University's Appeals process and your next steps, and reviewing your statement or evidence before you submit it.
My circumstances have impacted my grades / progression
Check out 'I can't complete my assessment', which explains Mitigating Circumstances claims