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Academic Appeals

Academic Appeals

During your time at Cardiff University you will have a range of assessments (exams and coursework).  Any grades or marks that you receive from summative assessments (i.e. those assessments that count toward your end of year and/or final degree mark) are confirmed by an Examining Board.  You have the right to appeal the decision of the Examining Board if you believe there has been an error in the Board’s decision.  Appeals are only permitted within limited grounds which are specified in the relevant procedure.

Guidance:

  • You should send your completed appeal form and supporting documents and all other communication to Student Cases Services, 30-36 Newport Road, McKenzie House, Cardiff, CF24 0DE or to appeals@cardiff.ac.uk. We accept appeals (your form and evidence) in either hardcopy or electronic format, but it is important that you only submit your appeal once.
  • If you have queries about the process or the information that the University sends you, e-mail appeals@cardiff.ac.uk or telephone 029 2087 6628.
  • You should seek independent advice about your appeal: this can be obtained from the Advice and Representation Centre (ARC), 3rd floor of the Students’ Union, Park Place, Cardiff advice@cardiff.ac.uk or 02920 781410.
  • For further information and before completing your form, please read:
    • the information on this page;
    • the guidance at the front of the form;
    • the relevant University procedure.
  • After all stages of the procedure have been completed, if you are not satisfied with the process and/or the final decision then you can complain to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
  • If you are required to attend a meeting you can be accompanied by a friend or representative.

Verification and Appeals Procedure

Procedure:

  • You can only appeal on one or more of the following grounds:
    • arithmetical or other error of fact;
    • defects or irregularities in the conduct of the assessment or advice relating thereto;
    • extenuating circumstances.
  • You can only appeal on one of the listed grounds.  The grounds do not cover complaints about your supervision arrangements.  If you have an issue with your supervision, you should raise it when it first occurs with your Personal Tutor so that it can be dealt with appropriately.
  • You must send us the Verification and Appeals form with all evidence, within 14 days of the date on your official University results letter.
  • The University will send you an acknowledgment letter within 2 weeks of receiving your appeal.  You will then receive a further communication, usually within 6 weeks, when the Senior Academic will confirm the decision.  The options open to the Senior Academic are to:
    • require an Examining Board to reconvene to consider if your circumstances (outlined in your appeal) impacted on your academic performance;
    • refer your appeal to an Appeals Board for further consideration;
    • reject your appeal.
  • If an Appeals Board is to consider your appeal, then the arrangements for the Board will be explained to you at the time.
  • The options open to the Board are:
    • an Examining Board will be required to reconvene to consider if your circumstances (outlined in your appeal) impacted on your academic performance;
    • confirm the original decision.
  • Reconsideration by the Examination Board, does not mean that your result will necessarily be changed.
  • After all stages of the Procedure have been completed, if you are not satisfied with the process and/or the final decision then you can complain to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
  • For further information and before completing your form, please read the Verification and Appeals Procedure.

Cardiff University Appeals Procedure (Postgraduate Research Degrees)

Procedure:

  • You can only appeal on one or more of the following grounds:
    • defects or irregularities during the assessment (including advice given), without which, the examiners would have come to a different decision;
    • extenuating circumstances not previously reported by you, together with the reason for non-reporting;
    • evidence of prejudice, bias or inadequate assessment;
    • where the supervision provided was inadequate.
  • You must submit the Postgraduate Research Degree Appeals form with all evidence within 2 months of the date of your official University results letter;
  • The University will write to you to acknowledge your appeal and give you a written progress report within 20 working days.
  • A Pro Vice-Chancellor will normally consider your appeal within 3 months of you submitting your appeal and will decide whether your appeal will be considered by an Appeal Board or rejected.
  • If the Pro Vice-Chancellor finds that your case is to be considered further and the appeal is to be considered at an Appeal Board, it will normally meet within 3 months of this decision.  The arrangements for the Board will be explained to you at the time.
  • The options open to the Appeal Board are:
    • to reject your appeal and take no further action;
    • to refer your case back to an Examining Board;
  • Where your case is referred back to an Examining Board, the Appeal Board shall also specify:
    • the composition of the Examining Board that will conduct the review/further exam;
    • whether you are permitted to make any revisions to the thesis as originally submitted;
    • whether or not you will be re-submitting or submitting your thesis as if for the first time;
    • whether or not you will be liable to pay a further examination fee;
    • the deadline for submission/re-submission;
  • After all stages of the Procedure have been completed, if you are not satisfied with the process and/or the final decision then you can complain to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
  • For further information and before completing your form, please read the Cardiff University Appeals Procedure (Postgraduate Research Degrees).