Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

We know that this academic year has been a rollercoaster ride so if you do experience Extenuating Circumstances, you are still able to apply for them!

We know that the last academic year was a rollercoaster ride. On top of that, some of you have had to face Summer Assessments from home, so we’re here to let you know that if you do experience Extenuating Circumstances during the Summer Assessments period, you are still able to apply for them!

What are Extenuating Circumstances?

These are circumstances which are outside of your control as they’re unforeseeable and unpreventable.

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) impact on your ability to carry out any assignments or exams to the standard normally expected. The University can make allowances through the ECs process when such circumstances happen.

If a situation arises leading up to or during the assessment period you may apply for Extenuating Circumstances to be taken into consideration.

Important Information Regarding ECs

You can find our guidance on Extenuating circumstances here.

Full details of the Extenuating Circumstances process can be found here

The deadline for submitting your Extenuation Circumstances application is Monday 13 September at noon.

You can apply for ECs for work you’ve attempted/submitted (whether it’s an exam or assignment) and for work that you were not able to attempt/submit.

How to apply for Extenuating Circumstances

You can submit an application for Extenuating Circumstances by completing the online ‘click through’ Extenuating Circumstances Form

You will also have the opportunity to upload your evidence to the form prior to submission.

You will need to explain how the circumstances were unforeseen and unpreventable and then how they had a detrimental impact on your ability to complete the assessment. If you require help for this, you can draft your responses in an email and ask an advisor to check your draft for you. 

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirming it has been received. You will not be informed of the success of your application until your results have been ratified and released. 


The Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a meeting.