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Appeals, feedback and complaints


As a Postgraduate student, what can I appeal against?

Regulation 42 details the decisions and grounds for which a Postgraduate Taught and Research student may appeal against.

How can I submit an appeal?

If you wish to submit an appeal you should complete the appeals form wrd. Please read the guidance notes carefully and provide all of the requested information, including any supporting evidence. Only evidence provided will be considered by the Preliminary Review Panel.
It is the appellant’s responsibility to provide sufficient independent documentary evidence to substantiate their appeal. An appeal is highly unlikely to succeed if no suitable evidence is provided. For examples of the type of evidence required please see the ‘supporting documentation’ column of the table in the University Mitigating Circumstances Guidance.
Appeals should be submitted to within 10 University working days of notification of the decision that is subject to appeal. Appeals submitted after this time will not be considered unless evidence of exceptional reasons why you could not comply with the relevant timescales is also submitted.

Where can I access support in relation to submitting an appeal?

You may wish to seek advice from the Dean of Students’ Office or the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

What happens after I submit an appeal?

If your appeal is not eligible the Doctoral College will contact you to explain why your appeal cannot be considered.
If your appeal is eligible the Doctoral College will contact you to confirm receipt of your appeal and explain the appeals process. If your appeal is eligible, it will be sent to your academic department for their response. The Department’s response will be sent to you for consideration and any further comments you may wish to make.
All paperwork relating to your appeal will then be sent to the Preliminary Review Panel (PRP), which is constituted of academic members of staff as outlined in Regulation 42, who will determine whether or not you have presented grounds for your appeal to be considered by a full meeting of the Graduate Appeals Committee (GAC).
Regulation 42 outlines the procedure of the Preliminary Review Panel and Graduate Appeals Committee.

You can read further information regarding appeals on the Doctoral College webpage: