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Academic Appeals

An academic appeal is a procedure which allows students, in certain circumstances, to ask for a review of a decision relating to academic progress or award.

From May 2013, Senate Regulation 12 outlines the process for academic appeals for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. For cases pre-dating April 2013, Senate Regulation 6 will apply.

Students are advised to consult with the Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) of the Union of Brunel Students before submitting any information regarding mitigating circumstances or academic appeals. The ARC offers independent, free advice and guidance to all students. Contact: or 01895 269169.

If students have identified that they may have grounds for an academic appeal, they should follow the appeals process outlined below.

Informal discussion

If students have concerns about their academic results they should first raise the concerns informally with an appropriate member of staff (e.g. your Personal Tutor, Supervisor, or Course Director) at the point the concern arises, normally within 10 working days after notification of their results. Where appropriate, a brief record of the discussion may be made by the staff member involved. If you cannot demonstrate suitable prior efforts to discuss your concerns with an appropriate member of staff you will not normally be permitted to enter the formal appeal process.

Stage 1: Formal appeal – College level

If the concerns have not been resolved through the informal discussion, students are entitled to submit an academic appeal, initially at College level. To do so, they must submit the academic appeal form (filling in Section 1) to their College as soon as possible after the informal discussion and within a maximum of 20 working days of the notification of their results.

College contacts:

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences:
College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences:
College of Health and Life Sciences:

Stage 2: Formal appeal – University level

If students are dissatisfied with the outcome of their College level academic appeal, then they are entitled to submit a ‘University-level’ appeal for consideration by the academic appeals committee. To do so, they must submit the academic appeal form (filling in Section 2). They must submit this request within 15 working days of the notification of the outcome of their College appeal.

University contact: 

Academic appeals resources:

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External resources: