Swansea University

Academic Appeals

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Information on the Academic Appeals Procedure available to students at Swansea University.

Please note that academic appeals submitted (following the release of the supplementary assessment results) by the deadlines below will be considered in time for the next scheduled Academic Appeal Board.  Students who submit appeals by the deadlines below will normally be informed of the outcome by the end of the working day on which the appeal board is scheduled.

Deadline for submission of appealDate of scheduled Academic Appeal Board to consider cases submitted by the deadline
Friday 19 September 2014 Friday 26 September 2014
Thursday 25 September 2014 Friday 3 October 2014

Regulations for Academic Appeals (for all taught and research programmes of study)

This procedure is not meant to be used to consider student complaints.  Students are directed to the University’s Complaints Procedures.  Candidates wishing to request a check on individual marks are referred to the Accuracy of Published Marks procedure.

Prior to invoking the appeals procedure, candidates are advised to contact their College, Examinations Officer or Programme Leader, or the Academic Registry to discuss their case.  Candidates may also wish to contact the Student’s Union Advice Centre.

The Request for Appeal Form (AR1RD-1-BI) is available from the Academic Registry or can be downloaded from the ‘Forms and Documents’ section of the Academic Registry’s Blackboard site.

Information on Academic Appeals

Academic Appeals against the decisions of the Examining Boards or one of its sub-committees

These procedures are relevant to students who are prevented from continuing with their studies part way through a level or part, who fail to qualify to proceed to the next stage of their studies or who wish to appeal against a final result or the award of an exit qualification. The Procedure may also apply where the implications of a progression decision taken by the Examination Board may have a significant impact on a student’s overall result (e.g. capping of marks).

Should you wish to appeal the decision of the Examining Boards or one of its sub-committees or the Academic Appeal Board and your appeal falls within one or more of the grounds outlined in the regulations, found in the left-hand menu, then you are required to complete a Request for Appeal form (Form AR1RD-1-BI, available from the Academic Registry or from the 'Forms and Documents' section of the Academic Registry's Blackboard site), within 7 working days of notification of the decision of the Examining Board in order for your case to be considered at the next scheduled Academic Appeal Board.

Should you have any questions on the procedure or regulations, please contact Mrs Bernadette Stratford from the Academic Registry, who will be happy to answer any queries you might have.

Student appeals against the decision of the Academic Appeals Board or a Committee of Enquiry (including Unfair Practice Boards) - Swansea University Appeals Regulations

This is the final stage of the internal appeals process within the University.

Should you wish to appeal the original decision of the Committee of Enquiry or the Academic Appeal Board and your appeal falls within one or more of the grounds outlined in the Final Review Regulations, then you are required to complete a Final Review Application Form (form AR1RD-2-BI, which can be downloaded from the 'Forms and Documents' section of the Academic Registry's Blackboard site) or obtained from the Academic Registry, within 14 working days of notification of the decision you are appealing.

Should you have any questions on the procedure or regulations, please contact the Academic Registry.

Referral to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Once the appeals process has been concluded centrally you will be issued with a completion of procedures letter. If you are still dissatisfied at this point you may appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) providing that your complaint is eligible under its rules. (These are on the OIA website www.oiahe.org.uk). The OIA is not a regulator; it handles individual complaints against higher education institutions and is a free service to students.