Academic Appeals

The Appeals Process

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What is an Appeal?

An academic appeal is a request to overturn or change a decision of a Board of Examiners in respect of your assessment outcome. They’re investigated in accordance with the University’s Academic Appeal Regulations. All appeals must be made using the Academic Appeal Form (AAF 1). The regulation, guidance and form can be found on the website.

For Further Guidance on Academic Apeals, see here

For Academic Appeal Regulations, see here

The Union can guide you through the process, so contact us as soon as possible. Email us:


Grounds for Appeal

A student may appeal against an assessment outcome in relation to:

  • The mark or result of an individual assessment component and/or the mark or result of a whole unit.
  • The final award/degree classification.

Before making an appeal, consider whether your case falls under one or more of the following:
  • That there has been significant administrative or procedural error on the part of the University which has materially disadvantaged you as a student, such that had it not been for the error the decision of the Board would probably have been substantively different
  • That a student’s assessment performance was adversely affected (including as a result of non-submission) by circumstances outside the student’s control (mitigating circumstances) and which the student was unable, or for valid reason(s) unwilling, to divulge to the Board before the Board of Examiners reached its decision, such that the student was materially disadvantaged and had it not been for those circumstances the student’s performance would have been significantly better (or, in the case of non-submission, the student would have been able to make a full submission) and the decision of the Board would, as a consequence, have been substantively different

Below is a list of the Board of Examiners decisions that can be challenged by way of an academic appeal:
  • The mark or result of an individual assessment component.
  • The mark or result of a whole unit.
  • Your final award/degree classification.
  • A decision that you may not progress to the next stage of your course.
  • A decision that a failed unit cannot be compensated.
  • A decision that you are not allowed another assessment attempt.
  • A decision that you must do a retake rather than a resit.

PLEASE NOTE: Disagreement with academic judgment does not constitute grounds for appeal. Travel or financial difficulties cannot be used as grounds for an appeal..


Who can I contact?

Send AAF1 form and supporting documents as advised to:

  • Quality Manager (Appeals & Complaints)
  • Quality Assurance & Enhancement

You may also email:


Academic Appeals Form (AAF1 Form)

The Academic Appeals form can be downloaded via MyUCA, or you can find it here.

When can I appeal?

You can make an appeal once the Board of Examiners has met and have finalised your grade. Please note you have a maximum of 10 working days to put in your appeal. It WILL NOT be considered after this.