An appeal is a request for a review of a decision of an Examination Board.  A student may only request a review of the decision of an Examination Board on valid grounds, which include:

  • Grade not determined by assessment method specified
  • Work handed in on time and not marked
  • Alleged disadvantage through lack of feedback
  • Alleged bias affecting the assessment
  • Alleged incorrect advice from staff teaching the unit in question
  • Any other grounds accepted for appeal and review

Invalid grounds for appeal include:

  • Objectives in the unit in question
  • Assessment methods approved for unit
  • Standard required to achieve particular grades
  • Personal or medical problems
  • Financial implications of not passing the unit
  • Grades received by student in other units
  • Amount of work done
  • Penalty imposed for plagiarism in accordance with College Guidelines

There is no right of appeal against decisions of an Examination Board, which are matters of academic judgment.

Disagreement with the academic judgment of an Examination Board in assessing any information relating to a student’s performance does not in itself constitute grounds for a request by a student for reconsideration.

A student whose case is under consideration by the Examination Board shall have the right to continue with his / her course until such time as a decision is reached, to ensure that he / she is not academically disadvantaged.


Method of Appeal

Students can submit the “Student Request Form” within 7 days of the release of results to the Student Support Office.

The EA Office will arrange for the faculty member responsible for the module to have a discussion with the student regarding his / her concerns.

If the student is not satisfied after meeting the faculty member, the matter will be brought to the attention of the Head of Faculty/Associate Head.


Appeal Procedure

The EA Office will review the request and discuss the appeal with the Head of Faculty/Associate Head. The Head of Faculty will engage faculty and / or Subject Matter Expert (SME) to review the appeal. The Faculty/SME can also be an external marker from a partner university.

For the purpose of considering the Appeal, the Examination Board shall consider where applicable the following:

  • the student’s statement of appeal
  • the student’s extraordinary circumstances statement
  • the student’s verbal presentation to the Board (where applicable)
  • examiners report

The Faculty or SME will review the assignment. The Faculty or SME will determine the final grade (where applicable), which may be higher, lower or the same as the original grade.

The appeal grade will be reviewed and endorsed by the Examination Board. The final grade will be communicated to students within 4 weeks from the date of appeal.