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Academic Appeals Procedure – COVID-19 Coronavirus Revisions

In light of the current coronavirus situation, the University recognises that during the current period students may have difficulties submitting extenuating circumstances applications before the meetings of the Examining Boards. Also that it may be difficult for students to obtain evidence, noting the current pressures on the health and other services, and the University will make every effort to consider applications sympathetically.

It is also likely to more difficult for the University to operate Appeal Boards, particularly whilst staff are working remotely.

This revised Academic Appeals Procedure replaces the previously published 2019/20 version to facilitate a more flexible operation of the Academic Appeals Procedure on account of the difficulties identified. These emergency regulations will apply from 8 May 2020 until the start of the next 2020/21 academic session.

Academic Appeals Procedure

This procedure is not meant to be used to consider student complaints. Students are directed to the University’s Complaints Procedures. Candidates wishing to request a check on individual marks are referred to the Accuracy of Published Marks Procedure.

These procedures are relevant to students wishing to appeal against a decision taken by an Examination Board.

If you feel you are eligible, have grounds for appeal and are within time then you will need to complete the Request for Appeal form

Completed request for appeal forms need to be submitted with all relevant supporting evidence by e-mail to studentcases@swansea.ac.uk.

As staff are currently working remotely, we cannot accept appeal forms or any documents / correspondence by post.

Students are also advised to read the revised Academic Appeals FAQ which provide more information about key deadlines for submitting appeals and about how appeals will be determined.  

Should you have any questions on the procedure or regulations, please contact the Student Cases Team, who will be happy to answer any queries you might have, via email at: studentcases@swansea.ac.uk.  

In addition, the Student’s Union Advice Centre is available to assist and advise students, in confidence, regarding Appeals and operates as a free service for students. You can contact the Advice Centre by telephone on: (01792) 295821 or via e-mail at: advice@swansea-union.co.uk.

Special consideration dates

Whilst students have 3 months to submit an appeal, if you do not already have a decision of supplementary attempt/s and seek an appeal outcome of supplementary attempt/s to be taken during the August 2020 supplementary assessment period you will need to submit your appeal to Academic Services by the dates set out below. This will enable consideration, where possible, prior to the supplementary assessment period commencing.

Student typeDeadline for appeal submission
Undergraduate Finalists Monday 20 July 2020
Postgraduate Taught  Monday 20 July 2020
Undergraduate non-final year Tuesday 28 July 2020
MBBCh Graduate Entry Medicine years 1-3*  Thursday 6 August 2020
MSc Physicians Associates years 1 & 2*  Thursday 6 August 2020

Appeals submitted requesting a supplementary attempt/s at an assessment after the above detailed deadlines will not normally be processed and considered in time for the supplementary assessment period which commences on 10 August 2020.

In addition, please note students unsuccessful at appeal/who do not receive the outcome they had hoped for at appeal and who submit final review applications requesting supplementary attempts should be aware that this year (due to the short period of time between the publication of results and the commencement of the supplementary assessment period) final review applications will not be considered and processed in time for/during the supplementary assessment period. It is therefore extremely important that students provide all relevant evidence and information when submitting an appeal.

* Important information for MBBCh Graduate Entry Medicine (years 1-3) and MSc Physicians Associates (years 1& 2) students only.

Students studying on the MBBCh Graduate Entry Medicine programme (years 1-3) and the MSc Physicians Associates programme (years 1 & 2) will note that the deadline for submission of an appeal is Thursday 6 August 2020 with the supplementary assessment period for students on those programmes commencing on Monday 10 August 2020. To ensure that any students on these programmes who have submitted an appeal by the deadline of Thursday 6 August 2020 requesting a supplementary attempt at an assessment/s do not miss the opportunity to take the supplementary assessment (in the event that their appeal is subsequently successful) it has been decided that students studying on these programmes will be given the opportunity to take the supplementary assessment before the appeal is processed. However, please note any student offered this opportunity takes the supplementary assessment at their own risk as in the event that the appeal is subsequently unsuccessful, the student’s assessment/s will not be marked and no marks will be awarded to the student for the assessment/s.

In the case of international students on the MBBCh Graduate Entry Medicine programme who need a Tier 4 visa to study in the University who are appealing against a withdrawn decision and requesting a supplementary attempt/s at an assessment/s, it is likely that, due to UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) restrictions the option of sitting supplementary assessment/s prior to the appeal being processed will not be available. Such students are therefore advised to contact the Medical School before submitting an appeal.