Grounds for making an appeal are:
(a) Circumstances affecting your performance which the Board of Examiners had not been aware of before reaching its decision. You must be able to show reasonable grounds why these circumstances had not been presented to the Board before it met, usually in the form of a mitigation application.
For example: Where there is evidence that the student was ill, was in hospital, or had confirmed severe mental health difficulties which meant that they were unable to prepare a mitigation application at the appropriate time. It is not sufficient to say that the student was unaware of the procedure for submitting a mitigation request, or that they chose not to do so at the time.
(b) Where an error or irregularity in an assessment procedure, or another procedure has taken place. This error needs to be shown to have significantly affected the decision or recommendation made and disadvantaged the student. Making the decision unsound.
(c) If you can prove prejudice or bias from one or more Examiners and/or, or there are reasonable grounds to support the perception of prejudice or bias.
Challenging ‘academic judgement’ does not constitute a ground of appeal.
Universities employ academic staff who are experts in their field. Academic staff are employed to use their academic judgement when marking students’ work. If a student who is awarded a mark of 45% thinks their work deserves a mark of 55%, this does not constitute a ground of appeal. But you can appeal if you believe that this judgment was not made fairly or according to the correct University process.
Academic judgement may relate to, but is not limited to:
- Assessment marks;
- Assessment feedback;
- Degree classifications;
- Academic misconduct;
- Research methodology;
- Course content and/or learning outcomes
Have evidence to support your grounds
Appeals without evidence are likely to be rejected. If you can’t get your evidence in time, submit the appeal within the 10 working days timeframe and let the appeals team (Penryn-Facultycases@ex.ac.uk) know you will provide the evidence as soon as it’s available. You will need to satisfy the University that you have a valid reason for any delay in submitting evidence or they may reject your appeal. Evidence examples including but not limited to:
- Medical evidence (e.g. medical report, doctor’s letter)
- Death certificates o Correspondence (e.g. email, letters)
- Police reports
- Court documents
- Official summary of support needs
- Extracts from relevant regulation, policy and/or procedure documents;
- Emails or other written correspondence;
- Assessment briefs;
- Module guides;
- Assessment feedback;
- Doctors' notes;
- Copies of extenuating circumstances information and evidence submitted.
For help writing the appeal itself, please see our Guide to writing an effective appeal and if you still need support please book an SU Advice appointment with us.