Next up in her mini blog series focusing on your academic rights as a student, VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to tell you all you need to know about appeals and how you can submit them.
At the SU we are here to represent your academic interests and improve your education, a key part of this relies on you, as students, being aware of your rights and what you should expect from your academic experience.
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We know that sometimes you’ll receive a grade or an outcome you aren’t happy with. If you just think you should have received a better grade, you are not able to appeal this decision as it is classed as academic judgement, however, some decisions about your academic outcomes are open to appeal. In this blog, I am going to clue you up on what decisions you can appeal against and how to submit an appeal.
You may submit an academic appeal against the following decisions made by the University:
Decisions made on the basis of academic judgement in relation to a grade or mark are not eligible criteria and cannot be appealed.
It is important to note that appeals look into the process undertaken to reach the outcome you have received, and only if they find the correct process was not followed are they able to uphold the appeal and change your outcome.
You have 15 working days (three weeks) to appeal from the date that you received the decision that you are appealing. Late appeals are unlikely to be considered by the College. However, if you are unable to obtain evidence before the appeal deadline, you must still submit your form before the deadline and explain why you are unable to include evidence at the present moment, and when you expect to be able to provide it.
The potential grounds for appeal can be read in more depth in the Appeals Guidance for Students but I will give you a brief outline of the decisions that can be appealed below.
If you feel you may have the right to appeal based on these grounds, the form can be downloaded here. It is a Word document that you will need to complete and send to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any evidence uploaded as attachments.
Appeals are designed to be one of the last points of call in University processes, for when extenuating circumstances were not able to be submitted or if procedures were not followed correctly which led to you receiving the outcome you have.
The appeals process is lengthy, it will take at the very least two months to receive the initial outcome so please take this into account when submitting your appeal.
I would strongly recommend you get in touch with our Advice Centre at email@example.com to support you through the process. Alternatively, you can drop by the Students’ Union Helpdesk to book an appointment, or call 01784 276700.
Our specialist Advisors are independent from the University and can confidentially offer a range of support and guidance. From advising on whether you have grounds to appeal, to proof reading a draft for you, to advising what evidence you need to submit alongside your appeal.
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