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    Deferral of assessment

    If you have exceptional circumstances that prevent you from meeting an assessment (e.g. coursework, presentation) deadline/attending an examination, you may be entitled to a deferral of assessment.

    A deferral of assessment is the postponement of the date you are due to submit an assessment or sit an examination until the next opportunity and without penalty.

    For information about how to apply for a deferral of assessment please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

    If you wish to apply for a deferral you must submit a completed Deferral of Assessment Form (located within the forms and letters section of your MyUniHub at the following link) with supporting evidence.

    Guidance on how to complete the form can be found here.

    The section of the Middlesex University regulations concerning deferrals (section E8) can be found here.

    Additional information is also available in our assessment deadline flyer.

    • Deferral Of Assessment FAQs

      • What is a deferral?

        A deferral is the postponement of the date you are due to submit an assessment (e.g. coursework, presentation) or sit an examination until the next opportunity and without penalty.

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      • Under what circumstances can I apply for a deferral?

        If you have faced exceptional circumstances which have resulted in you being unable to meet an assessment deadline or attend an examination.

        Your application for a deferral will only be considered if your circumstances meet the following criteria:

        • The circumstances are exceptional
        • They are outside of your control
        • You have provided original supporting documentary evidence
        • The circumstances relate directly to the timing of the assessment affected
        • You have met the attendance requirements of the module (Deferrals may be overridden by an X grade)
        • When self-deferral is not allowed or is no longer available *
        • Normally, deferred assessment or reassessment will not be permitted beyond two years following commencement of study for the module (normally the four opportunity for assessment of the module component)

        *Some modules may be designated as permitting self-deferral. Further information on these can be found in your module handbook and/or by checking with your module leader.FAQs

      • What evidence do I need to provide to support my application for a deferral?

        This should normally be an official document and must state the dates during which the circumstances applied.

        Documentary evidence must normally be presented in English and where required, translations must be provided by the student using a translator approved by the University. It is not the responsibility of the University to translate any evidence provided by the student and any untranslated evidence may not be considered.

        The University reserves the right to check the authenticity of all documentary evidence submitted in support of your application. Any student who submits documentation that is not authentic may be subject to the University disciplinary procedures.

        Examples of supporting evidence required:

        • Illness or injury – an original medical certificate must be provided and signed, dated and stamped by an approved Doctor/Surgery/Hospital. It should state your condition, the period of time affected and how it may affect your academic performance.
        • Death of a relative or friend – a copy of the death certificate is normally required.
        • Victim of crime – a Police Crime Report or case reference number is required.
        • Public transport delay of over one hour – a letter from the Operating Company is required.
        • Private transport problem – acceptable authoritative evidence is required.

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      • When must I apply for a deferral by?

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        You should submit your application for deferral at the earliest possible opportunity and in advance of the assessment deadline or examination date if you are able to.

        For modules with more than one component of summative assessment a deferral form must be completed by the deadline for submission of that component.

        The final deadline for submission of an application for deferral is two weeks following the last date of the University examination period.

        Any applications for deferral of assessment received after the deadline will not normally be considered unless you can provide evidence that demonstrates why you were unable or, for valid reasons, unwilling to submit by the deadline.

      • How do I apply for a deferral?

        Applications for deferral of assessment will only be considered if they are submitted using the Deferral of Assessment Form along with the necessary supporting evidence.

        Students should be aware that discussing their application with a member of staff does not constitute a submission of an application for deferral.

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      • Who will consider my deferral of assessment application?

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        Your application and supporting evidence will be considered by the Assessment Officers within Academic Registry.

      • When will I know the outcome of my application for deferral of assessment?

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        You will be informed if your application has been successful and if you have been granted a deferral of assessment within ten working days of submitting your application.

        (Please note during peak times (e.g. the Assessment Board period) it may take longer to confirm the outcome of your application).

      • How will I be notified of the outcome of my application for deferral of assessment?

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        You will be notified via your Middlesex University email account.

      • How will a granted deferral appear on my record?

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        If a deferral has been granted, there will be an ‘I’ recorded in the grade column for the relevant module on your MyUniHub record, followed by the applicable deferral code:

        DA – Deferred all

        DC – Deferred coursework

        DE – Deferred exam

        DO – Deferred other

      • When will I have to complete my assessment if my application for a deferral of assessment is successful?

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        You will normally be required to submit your assessment or sit your examination at the next possible opportunity. For further details you should contact the relevant module leader or refer to the module handbook.

      • Will an accepted deferral of assessment be considered as Extenuating Circumstances by an Assessment Board?

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        No. In order to have Extenuating Circumstances considered by an Assessment Board you must submit a separate Extenuating Circumstances form.

      • Could deferring my assessment have financial implications?

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        There could be financial implications as a result of deferring your assessment. Further information can be found here - unihub.mdx.ac.uk/your-support-services/fees-payments-funding

      • Could deferring my assessment have visa implications?

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        There could be visa implications as a result of deferring your assessment. Further information can be found here - unihub.mdx.ac.uk/your-support-services/visas-international

      • Could deferring my assessment have implications for my progression onto the next stage of my programme?

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        There could be progression implications as a result of deferring your assessment. Further information and advice can be found here – unihub.mdx.ac.uk/your-study/student-achievement-officers/about-student-achievement-officers

      • Who can I contact if I need further information regarding deferral of assessment?

        For UK students: If you require further information please contact the Assessment Officers via UniHelp or visit the helpdesk weekdays between 2pm-4pm. Please note this will change to 11am-1pm from January 2017.

        For Overseas students: Please contact or visit your local Campus or Student Office

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