The Advice and Support Centre works closely with the Education Officer and Academic Reps concerning academic issues affecting students.
Please ensure that you read the following information before submitting a request for an Academic Appeal and seek advice from the Advice and Support Centre. In order to request an Academic Appeal you are required to complete the academic appeal form and write a written statement explaining why you believe you have grounds for an academic appeal and submit both of these items to your Head of Department.
Can I appeal my results?
If you feel that there were circumstances that affected your performance; that there has been some kind of procedural irregularity how the exams were conducted or how your marks were added up; or if you have evidence that there has been prejudice or bias, it may be possible to get a review of your results by using the Academic Appeal process.
We advise that you contact the Advice and Support Centre by using our online query form (log in to complete) or coming to the Advice and Support Centre in person to discuss your grounds for appeal and your options. The Advice and Support Centre can also provide advice on the appeal process and look through drafts of your written statement and make suggestions or comments.
Grounds for an Academic Appeal
There are specific grounds for review under the University regulations. Dissatisfaction with a mark or set of marks, or any other aspect of the properly exercised academic judgement of the examiners, will not of itself be acceptable as a valid ground or an Academic Appeal.
An Academic Appeal must relate to a decision taken by a board of studies in respect to one or more of the following:
- The student's suitability to progress from one stage of the progammes of studies to the next
- The student's suitability to remain on the programme of study
- The marks/grades, degrees, certificates or diplomas, and the classifications/grades awarded to the student
- It must be submitted, in writing, no more than fourteen calendar days after notification of the decision of the Board of Studies
There are three grounds for appeal for Undergraduate students:
- That there exist circumstances affecting the performance of the candidate of which the Board of Examiners have not been made aware and which the candidate could not reasonably have been expected to have disclosed to the Director of Studies in accordance with Regulation 15.3(d);
- That there were procedural irregularities in the conduct of the examinations or formal course assessments (including administrative error) of such a nature as to cause reasonable doubt whether the Board of Examiners would have reached their decision had the irregularities not occured;
- That there is positive evidence of prejudice, bias or inadequate assessment on the part of one or more of the examiners.
There is an additional ground for appeal for Postgraduate Research students only:
- That there were genuine academic differences in philosophical approach or paradigms which had not been apparent when examiners were appointed on the recommendation of the Board of Studies.
Academic Appeal Procedure
If you decide you would like to request an Academic Appeal you will need to follow these steps to start off with:
1. Contact the Advice and Support Centre for advice and information on the Academic Appeal process as soon as possible after you get your results
2. Start drafting your written statement to send to your Dean of Faculty (Head of School for; School for Health, and School of Management). This statement and the accompanying form (available to download below) needs to be sent within 14 days of receiving your results or the decision from your department which you want to review.
3. Start collecting any additional information (e.g. medical notes, supporting letters etc) where appropriate
4. Bring draft written statement to the Advice and Support Centre for staff or Student Officers to read through and make suggestions or comments
5. Submit written statement and form together with any additional information to the Dean or Head of School within the 14 day deadline
6. The chair will normally seek to communicate the decision to the student no more than twenty-eight calendar days after receipt of the request.
Overview of Academic Appeals
This is a detailed overview of the Academic Appeals process. If you would like to talk to someone about this or have any questions please visit the Advice and Support Centre.
During Stage 1 (Academic Appeal) you will need to fill out the AA1 form. During Stage 2 (A) Review of an Academic Appeal you will need to fill out the AA2A form.
For further information please look at Regulation 17 and the full University Guidance to appeals and review.
Glossary of terms
Assessment regulations: For most students on taught programmes of study (rather than research students), this refers to the New Framework for Assessment. There are different versions of the assessment regulations depending on which regulations your specific programme uses (for example, the NFAAR:UG for undergraduate programmes and the NFAAR:PGT for postgraduate taught programmes). Your programme handbook and/or the Programme and Unit Catalogue will indicate which assessment regulations apply to your programme of study. The possible actions and outcomes resulting from an Academic Appeal will be constrained by both your individual academic circumstances and the relevant assessment regulations, so you are advised to speak to your Director of Studies or the Advice & Support Centre about what may be possible in your situation.
Board of Studies: Boards of Studies are responsible to Senate for all matters relating to the organisation of education, teaching and research in each Faculty/School, including all examination matters. While you may receive marks/grades and feedback throughout the course of your programme stage, you will not receive a formal progression or award notification, or final marks/grades, until the Board of Studies has met and made a decision to accept the recommendations from Boards of Examiners. The Academic Appeals process applies to these decisions only.
Chair of the Board of Studies: The academic member of staff who leads the meetings of the Board of Studies. This is normally the Dean of the Faculty/School and will be the person who will make a decision regarding your Stage 1 Academic Appeal. See contacts for appeals below to identify the Chair of the Board of Studies for your programme.
Contacts for Appeals
Faculty of Engineering & Design
By e-mail: Professor Gary Hawley (email@example.com), the Chair of the Board of Studies
By post: Professor Gary Hawley, Chair of the Board of Studies, Faculty of Engineering & Design, University of Bath, Claverton Down, BA2 7AY
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
By e-mail: Professor David Galbreath (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Chair of the Board of Studies
By post: Professor David Galbreath, Chair of the Board of Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Bath, Claverton Down, BA2 7AY
School of Management
(including IMML students)
By e-mail: Professor Veronica Hope Hailey (email@example.com), the Chair of the Board of Studies
Please cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Chair of the Board of Studies, School of Management University of Bath, Claverton Down, BA2 7AY
Faculty of Science
By e-mail: Professor Nick Brook (email@example.com), the Chair of the Board of Studies
By post: Professor Nick Brook, Chair of the Board of Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Bath, Claverton Down, BA2 7AY