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Extenuating Circumstances

Applying for Extenuating Circumstances

The University recognises that there may be occasions during the course of your study where you are unable to effectively complete your assessment(s), or where your performance in your assessment(s) has been affected.

The University's Extenuating Circumstances process for students undertaking taught provision enables you to notify the University/Collaborative Partner of your circumstances so that they may be taken into account when making a decision in relation to your progress or results. The sooner the University/Collaborative Partner is made aware of the difficulties you are experiencing, the easier it will be for them to support you. However, you should be aware that the submission of an Extenuating Circumstances Application Form is not in itself a guarantee that your application will be accepted.

A copy of the Extenuating Circumstances Regulations (Taught Provision) ('Regulations') are available at, and you are strongly recommended to read these Regulations and the supporting guide below before completing your Application Form.

Please ensure your Extenuating Circumstances Application Form is fully completed, that you have attached appropriate evidence. Please note that incomplete applications may not be accepted for consideration.

If you are on a research degree course you will need to contact your relevant School/Collaborative Partner.

If you are studying at the University rather than with our Collaborative Partner the extenuating circumstances are dealt with through two processes. Short extensions, long extensions, deferrals and interruption of studies are dealt with in your Schools. Whereas Mitigating Circumstances are managed centrally, via Student and Library Services.

You must speak with either your Personal Tutor, or another appropriate member of academic staff, to discuss your circumstances wherever possible before the submission/examination date (except where circumstances arise on the day of submission/ examination). During this discussion it may be identified that it would be more appropriate to be consider a Short, Long Extension or Deferred submission rather than Mitigating Circumstances.

Your Application Form, relating to a Short Extension, Long Extension and Deferred Submission should be submitted to your School Reception Desk/Collaborate Partner. If you are studying at the University and wish to return your application form electronically to your School this may be submitted using the following relevant email address:

An Application for Mitigating Circumstances should be submitted to your Collaborative Partner or if you are studying at the University to Student and Library Services in the Library Building/Collaborative Partner or emailed to:

If you are applying for mitigating circumstances due to Covid-19, you will need to provide evidence of a positive Covid-19 test in the form of a photo of the LFT test, or confirmation of a PCR test result.

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