Academic Appeal FAQs

What is an Academic Appeal?
An Academic Appeal is a request from you for the university to review a decision made about an assessment result, academic progression, or an overall award, where the decision was made without knowing essential information about your circumstances.   You can submit an appeal if there were circumstances beyond your control that affected your results, for example, severe illness at the time of the assessment or a university administration issue. You will hear these grounds to appeal being referred to as: A – exceptional mitigating circumstances B – operational issues impacting academic outcome   It is important to note that the appeals process does not allow you to challenge an academic judgement if you don’t like your grade. This is because the university uses moderation processes and external examiners to ensure that marking is fair is consistent across the university. If you feel that your work has been unfairly marked, you should seek feedback from your tutor.    Full...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 1:25 PM
Potential Academic Appeal outcomes
In most cases, a successful academic appeal will provide you with another opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through a reassessment. These opportunities will normally be offered to you during the next formally scheduled assessment period. Therefore, an academic appeal could have an impact on your academic progression. If you think this might impact you, it is important that you speak to an advisor prior to submitting an appeal.   Important - a successful appeal will not improve or alter the grade/outcome that you have already been awarded. This is because you have told the university that the circumstances you faced during the original assessment period had such a negative impact on you that you were unable to perform to your full potential. A reassessment will therefore give you another opportunity without these circumstances impeding you.   If an appeal is submitted and it is not successful, there will be no change to the exam board’s decision or result in a...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 1:27 PM
When can I submit an Academic Appeal?
Appeals can only be submitted after your grade has been confirmed by the university’s Board of Examiners. Details of the exam board dates can be obtained from Student Information Desk (SID).    If your assessment deadline has not yet passed and you are looking for advice, then you should seek help from the university Student Engagement and Mitigation Teams who might be able to grant you an extension.    If your assessment deadline has passed and you think you have grounds for an appeal, then we suggest that you watch our video explaining how to submit your Academic Appeals form which is available on the Beds SU YouTube channel.    All appeals need to be submitted within 15 working days of your grade being awarded by the relevant exam board. Unfortunately, adjudication will not accept a late appeal without an exceptionally good reason and with evidence to validate this reason   Important – you must submit an appeal using your @study.beds.ac.uk email. Emails from personal ema...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 1:25 PM
What evidence do I need when submitting an Academic Appeal?
Submitting evidence alongside your written statement is an important part of the appeals process. The Adjudication Team (who reviews student appeals) do not know you, your circumstances, or will have an opportunity to question you directly; therefore, this will allow the panel to critically analysis your statement and cross reference it with your evidence. It is also likely that the Adjudication Team will not consider appeal statements without supporting evidence to back it up. Evidence Examples   Exceptional mitigating circumstance evidence might include: Doctor (GP) or hospital letter Death certificate Medical certificate Court letter or Police letter Evidence that you have sought support from Student Support and/or university staff Operational problems impacting on academic outcome evidence might include: Witness statements (emails and/or on headed paper preferably for authenticity) Photographs Dates, times and location of disturbances such as building work Co...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 1:29 PM
What happens after I have submitted an Academic Appeal?
Once you have submitted your Academic Appeal, the Adjudication Team will allocate a case reviewer. You should receive notification (via appeals@beds.ac.uk) within 10 working days of the appeal reviewer being allocated your appeal, informing you of one of the following actions:   to uphold (accept) the appeal, inform you about the findings of the investigation and to confirm that the relevant exam board will be required to review or revise its decision (through Chair’s action) in respect to your case. to not uphold (not accept) the appeal, and to provide you with a clear and complete reason for not doing so. to confirm to you a deadline for response where the appeal circumstances require a longer investigation. in exceptional circumstances to confirm that a case cannot be addressed adequately at stage one and will therefore proceed to stage two   It may take time for the Adjudication team to allocate a reviewer to your case, depending on the volume of appeals that they rece...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 1:31 PM
How can Beds SU help you with Academic Appeals
Beds SU have a group of advisors who are independent from the university who write and develop guidance on how to appeal successfully. A video explaining how to submit your Academic Appeals form is available on the Beds SU YouTube channel, which gives you a step-by-step guide on how to complete the form.   If you decide that you would like assistance from an advisor, they are available to look at your academic appeal and offer advice on it before you send it to adjudication@beds.ac.uk. They can be contacted via: booking an appointment online or attending a drop-in session (see below)   If you are seeking support from an advisor, it is important to note that you must send us your appeal to read and edit with plenty time before the deadline set out in the appeals process. We are not part of the decision-making process, and we are also unable to write/submit your appeals for you.     ‘Drop-in’ to one of our academic appeals, Zoom Sessions. These run on a ‘first come, first s...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 at 5:20 PM
What if I'm not able to progress to the next year of study?
Every course that is delivered at core university campuses is regulated by the University of Bedfordshire Academic Regulations. These regulations outline how qualifications are assessed, managed and defined. You may find yourself in a situation where you are unable to progress (move onto your next year) because the regulations do not allow you to, for example, you have not passed enough credits. In these circumstances, it is wise to visit the university’s Student Support Service where there is a specialist Student Engagement and Mitigation Team to discuss your options. They can also help if you are struggling to attend their lectures, finding your course more difficult than expected, or you need to take a break from your studies and wish to continue at a later date. How can the SU help?  A member of the Beds SU Advice team can help you to appeal a decision made about your progression if you have mitigating circumstances or you feel that an administrative occurred that impacte...
Mon, 12 Jul, 2021 at 4:09 PM