There may be difficult circumstances in your life that affect your ability to meet an assessment deadline or affect your performance in an assessment. These are known as Extenuating Circumstances or ECs. Extenuating Circumstances are exceptional, unforeseen, outside of your control and have a serious impact on your studies.
As a student, it's your responsibility to let the University know about any extenuating circumstances that have affected your work at the time they occur. Where appropriate, you can request a short extension or a deferral of assessment to the next assessment period, or your circumstances can be considered by the Assessment Board when making its progression/finalist decision.
Extenuating Circumstances can only be requested for summative assessment, not for formative assessment. Summative assessment counts towards your overall module grade.
In recognition of the continued impact that the pandemic has on our students, the University will continue to grant short (14 day) extensions on individual written assessments without evidence up until and including April 27th 2022.
Short Extensions are only valid from the ORIGINAL deadline date.
If you have already been granted a short extension for a piece of work on a module, you cannot be granted another one for the same piece of work.
Short Extensions cannot be granted on any work that is due after April 27th 2022.
Please note that short extensions cannot be given to presentations, moots, vivas, performances, group work, SOBS, exams, in-class tests, portfolios and some other assessments – please check with your module leader if you are not sure. You may apply for a deferral instead.
For all assessments (from 1st October 2021), you MUST provide evidence with any request for a deferral of assessments (except in cases of self-certification) to the next assessment opportunity.
It is strongly recommended, that you do complete and submit the assessments your tutors have set during any assessment period in order to give you the best possible opportunity to progress to the next stage of your programme or to graduate in the summer.
In addition, deferring assessment may impact on student route visa requirements for sponsored students.
If you apply for a deferral but later choose to submit your work on the first attempt, this will override any approved deferrals as it will be assumed that you want the grade to be recorded against the module.
If you apply for a short extension but choose to submit your work by the original deadline this will override any approved extension and the work submitted by the deadline will be marked and contribute to the overall module grade.
As a result of the COVID-19 No Detriment Policy of 2020/21, students who failed modules in 2020/21 academic year and are eligible for a resit next academic year will get uncapped grades on work submitted up until May 2022.
- Students who deferred first submission point (eg May 2021), failed at second submission point (eg August 2021) and so will have a resit opportunity due to a failure in 2020/21 academic year
- Students who failed first submission point (eg May 2021), deferred at second submission point (eg August 2021) and so have a resit opportunity due to a failure in 2020/21 academic year
Students who took deferrals of assessments due in 2020/21 to next academic year (2021/22) will not get uncapped resits next year.
- Students who deferred both first and second submission points from this year to next year (i.e. they have not failed in 2020/21 academic year) and then failed their first submission in 2021/22.
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For guidance and information on how to apply for extenuating circumstances, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.