Academic Appeals

If you are not happy with your assessment results, you may be asking yourself “what is an academic appeal?” and “how can I appeal my university grades?”.

How to appeal

An academic appeal is a chance to:

  • challenge your results and/or
  • a decision made in relation to your progression

The appeal will usually need to be based on a permitted ground of appeal which may include:

  • Procedure: the university failing to follow their assessment procedures
  • Bias: bias or ‘perception’ of bias
  • Mitigating/Extenuating Circumstances: circumstances that affected your performance that you were unable to report sooner a decision made following a request for consideration of personal circumstances (e.g. bereavement, illness)

However, each university will have their own permitted grounds of appeal, so it is important to make sure you have ticked all the right boxes to bring a successful case.

Universities will often set down very tight deadlines to submit an appeal, so make sure to check the exact deadline. If you submit your appeal out of time, you run the risk of your case being rejected.

Can you help me?

Yes! Our higher education law solicitors are experienced in dealing with appeals across a number of universities in England & Wales. Our university lawyers are dedicated to helping UK, European and International students to navigate the complex process of bringing a successful university appeal.

Our university law solicitors can help you:

  • Understand the complex processes and procedures
  • Obtain evidence needed to support your case
  • Draft your appeal submissions
  • Attend university hearings to put forward a strong case

If you have brought an appeal yourself which was unsuccessful, we can also help you make a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).

How do I get in touch with a solicitor?

Contact our Education Law Advice Line today on:

  • Call: 03333 44 34 84

The Education Law Advice Line is a free service during which our university lawyers will:

  • Consider the best path to success
  • Explain how they can help
  • Details of our services
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