The university expects students to plan their time so they can meet assessment deadlines along with other life obligations.

If you experience serious, unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances that interfere with your ability to

  • sit assessments
  • submit coursework

the mitigating circumstances (MC) process can help.

Be aware: if you go along to the assessment or hand in the coursework, you are deeming yourself fit to do so, and it will become much more difficult to make a successful MC claim.

Fill out an MC form

What are mitigating circumstances?

Colds, throat infections, minor illnesses and other day-to-day conditions will not be considered as grounds for submission of a mitigating circumstances claim, even if supported by documentary evidence from a medical practitioner.

There are four conditions for the acceptance of an MC claim. You have to show that the circumstances:

  • Were unforeseen
  • Were out of your control and could not have been prevented
  • Relate directly to the timing of the assessment
  • Meet the relevant specific conditions on documentary evidence

If you are unable to provide evidence to prove all of these, your claim won't be accepted.

Further reading

You can learn more about MC claims on the university website:

Read more about MC

How can we help you?

The Students' Union advice and welfare team can help you understand the MC process and support you with the process. Just contact your campus welfare advisor.

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