Academic appeals can be a very stressful process. The Students’ Union are here to help provide you with the support and information you need throughout the appeals process. Please take a look at our Flyer for further information.
What are the grounds for Appeal?
The grounds for appeal are:
That there were procedural or administrative irregularities in the conduct of the assessment process
That there were factors which materially affected the appellant’s performance, provided that these circumstances were not known by the Examiners and there are compelling reasons why the appellant failed to follow the procedures for requesting an extension or deferral or for submitting an application to the Mitigating Circumstances Board
That the appellant had been assessed as having a specific learning difference during the current academic session, provided that the provisions of section 5 of this procedure has been adhered to
You may not appeal:
Against academic judgement
On the grounds of being unaware of University procedures.
You have to submit the appeals form within 10 days of the official publication of your results. Late submissions are not accepted unless there are really exceptional circumstances, so don’t leave it until the last minute.
You have to have evidence to back up the reason that you are appealing. Sometimes this can be really difficult to achieve, but obviously the University have to ensure that every student is giving a full and accurate account.
The form has been simplified and is much clearer about all the information you need to include. Again, make sure you read the guidance documentation, and speak to us.
The form is then sent to Appeals Section, AQSS, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ.
When will I find out?
After your case has been considered by the Appeals Board you will be sent a letter detailing whether or not your appeal has been successful. Typically, an academic appeal can take 6-8 weeks.
Students are not permitted to proceed to any awards ceremony if their academic appeal is pending.
What happens next?
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your appeal (and you have grounds for review) then you can request that a Pro Vice-Chancellor reviews the decision, normally supplying additional evidence which could not have been made available before. See the Students’ Union for support and information.
Once you have exhausted the University’s procedures, if you are still not satisfied with the outcome of your Academic Appeal, you can then appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, www.oiahe.org.uk Contact the Students’ Union for more information and guidance if you wish to pursue this course.
The Students’ Union are here to support you through this process so make sure you speak to us. Please get in touch if you have any questions or need further advice.
CHESTER CAMPUS: (01244) 513397 / WARRINGTON CAMPUS: (01925) 534660