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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Academic Appeals

Academic Appeals

University General Regulation XIX (Academic Appeals) defines a number of decisions affecting a student’s academic progression against which students might wish to appeal.

These include expulsion from the University, exclusion from a programme of study, or the result of assessment or award of a particular degree classification. Before proceeding to formal appeals, students are strongly advised to try to resolve the matter with an appropriate person in their School. If this fails, then the formal appeals procedure may be invoked by completing the relevant ‘Appeals Form’.

More information on the process can be found here.  Students can seek advice on the above matters from their Programme Administrator, the School PGR Director, or PGR Manager.  Alternatively, you can contact the Faculty Appeals, Complaints and Malpractice Officer at  

Appeals will only be considered on the specific grounds described in detail in Regulation XIX. In summary these are:

  • Circumstances affecting the student's performance of which the board of examiners or committee may not have been made aware
  • A material administrative error or procedural irregularity in the assessment process
  • Evidence of prejudice or bias or lack of proper assessment on the part of one or more of the examiners;
  • Supervision was unsatisfactory to the point that his or her performance was seriously affected.

You may not appeal simply because you are dissatisfied with the outcome of an assessment or examination.