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Assessment: Special and Mitigating Circumstances



Special Examination Arrangements

Special examination arrangements are available to students who have a medical condition affecting their ability to take the written examination under the usual conditions during exam time.

  • Students should apply for special arrangements via the Disability Office. They should apply as soon as they possibly can and no later than March. Students who do not register for special exam arrangements by this deadline may have their request refused by the Department.
  • Students who for reasons of religious observance prefer not to sit exams on particular day(s) should fill in the Religious Observance Form and submit it to the University Exams Office as soon as possible


Mitigating Circumstances online form

Extenuating or Mitigating circumstances are those events which have had a detrimental effect on your study. It is in your interest to draw the department’s attention to them and ask for them to be considered in mitigation of underperformance. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) illness, both bodily and emotional; the severe illness or death of a close family member; a shocking or traumatic personal experience. In addition, sudden, unexpected changes in family circumstances might affect your ability to make academic progress as a consequence of their demonstrable emotional impact upon you, and may also be considered as mitigation.

The Department understands that for many students it may be difficult to disclose the details of these kinds of circumstances to those outside their family. However, the department and the University are fully supportive of students in difficult circumstances and want to assist if at all possible. All information received is treated confidentially. If you feel inhibited from talking to a personal tutor or other member of staff in the first instance, you may also consider talking to a member of the SSLC, the Students’ Union, or a counsellor for initial, informal advice.

In order for your circumstances to be considered, they must be conveyed formally. The University expects that you will discuss your circumstances before Exam Boards meet, so that they may be taken into account in good time. In order to give us the required permission, you MUST complete the online Mitigating Circumstances Declaration Form on the link above.

The deadline to apply for Mitigating Circumstances is Friday 31st May

Please read the University Mitigating Circumstances guidance before completing the online form. Further guidance on the University Mitigation Policy can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Examinations Secretary or Senior Tutor.

Undergraduate First Years

Examinations Secretary: Dr Joachim Häberlen

Senior Tutor: Dr Sophie Mann

Undergraduate Second Years

Examinations Secretary: Dr Benjamin Smith

Senior Tutor: Dr Aysu Dincer Hadjianastasis

Undergraduate Final Years

Examinations Secretary: Dr Colin Storer

Senior Tutor: Dr Roger Fagge

Postgraduate Taught

Director of PGT Studies: Dr Laura Schwartz


The Mitigating Circumstances committee meets to consider cases put forward by students or members of staff directly before examination boards. There are separate meetings for each year of study, across both UG and PG. However, the procedures and online form are the same for all History and CAS students.

Members of the panel are bound by the confidentiality requirements specified by the General Data Protection Regulation. Normally the panel will act on the recommendation of the Personal Tutor or appropriate staff member; and students should be reassured that detailed disclosure will only happen to the extent that it is absolutely necessary. The recommendations of the panel (but not the circumstances themselves) are then passed on to and considered by the relevant examination boards. it is the exam boards who will apply any recommendations to each individual case.