Appeals

Appeals to Education Committee against decisions made by the Proctors’ (or their delegates)

Under the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations, Part 18.1, it is possible for a student or college to appeal against certain decisions made by the Proctors if they are dissatisfied with the outcome. Only appeals relating to the following can be considered:

 

  • Special arrangements as a result of religious festivals and holidays coinciding with exams
  • Special arrangements for candidates with special examination needs
  • Decisions not to forward to examiners an application for consideration of factors affecting performance
  • Decisions relating to late submission, non-submission, non-appearance, and withdrawal from examinations

The appeal must be made within 14 days of the Proctors’ decision and sent in writing to Education Policy Support. Appeals should include the original outcome email sent from the Proctors Office and an appeal statement which should clearly address on what grounds the appeal is being made. Appeals will only be considered on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. there was a procedural irregularity or error in the Proctor’s consideration;
  2. the Proctor’s decision was unreasonable (the candidate must identify which aspects of the decision the candidate considers to be objectively unreasonable and why);
  3. the candidate was not provided with clear reasons for the Proctor’s decision; or
  4. the candidate has material evidence which the Proctor has not yet seen which the candidate had valid reasons for not having provided earlier.

Appeals against a decision made by Education Committee

An applicant who is dissatisfied with a decision made on behalf of Education Committee may appeal against the decision. The college or department may make the appeal on the student’s behalf, or the student may make the appeal on their own behalf. The appeal will be heard by two members of Education Committee with no previous connection with the case.

The appeal must be made within 14 days of the date of the Education Committee decision and sent in writing to Education Policy Support. Appeals should include the original outcome email sent from Education Committee and an appeal statement which should clearly address on what grounds the appeal is being made. Appeals will only be considered on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. there was a procedural irregularity or error in the Committee’s consideration;
  2. the Committee’s decision was unreasonable (which aspects of the decision considered to be objectively unreasonable must be identified and why);
  3. clear reasons were not provided for the Committee’s decision; or
  4. there is material evidence which the Committee has not yet seen for which there are valid reasons for not having provided earlier.

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Tel: 01865 270091

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