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Academic appeals procedures

Academic appeals

University Regulation XIX (Academic Appeals) can be downloaded from the following link

Regulation XIX

Regulation XIX may be used by students who wish to appeal against a final decision of a Board of Examiners. An appeal may be against exclusion from a programme of study, degree classification or award, or other academic decisions if there are suitable grounds for appeal as set out in Regulation XIX.

The purpose of this regulation is to safeguard the interests of students and may only be used when there are adequate grounds for doing so. It may not be used simply because a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of their assessment or other decision concerning their academic progress. An appeal which questions the academic or professional judgment of those charged with the responsibility for assessing a student's academic performance or professional competence shall not be permitted. Appeals based upon provisional decisions of the University cannot be considered.

Before submitting an appeal

Before initiating an appeal and in order to better understand the reason for the result or decision against which they wish to appeal, a student is strongly advised to discuss the matter with his or her Academic Advisor, Programme Director, the Student Support and Guidance Team or other appropriate person in the School.

If a student remains dissatisfied with the result or decision once these channels have been explored and believes they have valid grounds for appeal (as set out in paragraph 2 in Regulation XIX) then he/she may invoke the first stage of the appeals process -  a review of the case at School level.

Informal Stage - Review at School Level

An appeal should be completed on a University Appeals Form.  The grounds for appeal must be clearly set out and  any relevant documentary information (eg medical certificate) should be submitted at the same time.

A student may submit an appeal only on his or her own behalf; an appeal submitted by a third party will not be accepted unless accompanied by written authorisation from the student.

The appeal and accompanying evidence should be submitted to Jenny Brown, Student Support and Guidance Manager, Alliance MBS (jenny.brown@manchester.ac.uk) within ten working days of notification of the result/decision against which a student is appealing. Appeals received within this time frame will be considered by the Undergraduate Appeals Review Panel. The panel is chaired by the School’s Director for Teaching and Learning and membership consists of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Programme Directors and the Student Support and Guidance Manager.

If necessary the student's appeal and supporting documents may be circulated to any member of the Board of Examiners, whether in the student's academic department or not, who it is felt should be given the opportunity to comment on them for the purposes of the review. In all other respects the contents of the student's appeal shall remain confidential.

If the case clearly satisfies one or more of the grounds allowed for an appeal and the Undergraduate Appeals Review Panel is clearly satisfied that, given the evidence submitted, the appeal should be upheld, the Panel shall recommend that Chair's Action be taken by the Chair of the Board of Examiners to revise the earlier decision made.

Where the Undergraduate Appeals Review Panel rejects the appeal because the case does not satisfy the grounds allowed for an appeal, the student will be notified giving reasons for the rejection.

Formal Stage - Review at Faculty Level

Following the informal review (by the School), a student who intends to pursue their appeal further may do so by invoking the formal appeals process and contacting the Faculty of Humanities Malpractice, Complaints and Appeals Office, by e-mail: ( humsacm@manchester.ac.uk ) with their case for appeal within twenty working days of notification of the School’s decision.

Advice and guidance in preparing an appeal may be sought from the Students' Union Advice Centre, from the Faculty of Humanities Office, or from the Student Guidance Service.