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Students who studied for their Undergraduate degree at Warwick are required to submit new documentation and evidence for any mitigation applications during their Postgraduate Studies.


Mitigating Circumstances are unforeseen events or circumstances which have a significant negative impact on your ability to successfully complete or study effectively in preparation for, summative assessment tasks such as essays, written or oral examinations, assessed presentations or assessed laboratory work. If you want any such events or circumstances to be considered by the relevant Postgraduate Board of Examiners, you are required to communicate formally (normally in writing) with your Department about them. Please note that the Postgraduate Board of Examiners meets once a year (usually at some point in November at the end of your MA course). Please note that while it is acknowledged that cultural attitudes to the disclosure of personal information may vary, students are expected to fully disclose all matters they wish to have taken into consideration by the Postgraduate Board of Examiners.

If you are unsure whether something that has happened to you, or to someone close to you, is eligible to be considered as a Mitigating Circumstance, it is likely to be eligible if it was unforeseeable or beyond your control and if it also had a significant impact on your ability to prepare for or complete the assessment in question. If you are in any doubt about whether something that has happened to you or someone close to you is eligible for consideration then you should consult the Postgraduate Taught Coordinator your Personal Tutor or Wellbeing Support Services or one of the advisers at the Students’ Union Advice Centre. Even if the event or circumstance is not eligible for consideration in this way it may nevertheless be something for which you should seek support and the tables below indicate, in their final column, where to go to access that support.

How to apply for mitigation

The Mitigation Policy provides more detailed guidance on, and examples of, types of circumstance which are normally considered eligible and types which are not normally eligible. If you think you do have an eligible Mitigating Circumstance you should complete and submit a Declaration Form via Tabula. You can find guidance here:

You should submit your declaration as soon as possible after the circumstance arises along with appropriate supporting documentation of the sort outlined in the policy. The University recognises that it may be difficult to obtain supporting documentation in a timely fashion, however, you should still register the circumstance pending supply of supporting documentation. The deadline for submission of all postgraduate Mitigating Circumstances in relation to the academic year 2023-24, including supporting evidence is Monday 20 May 2024.

What does mitigation do?

Mitigating Circumstances can never result in the changing of marks for individual modules or assessments. However, they may affect your overall degree classification. For further information on the possible effects of your Mitigating Circumstances claim being accepted, see Mitigating Circumstances Process and Procedures online here.

The Mitigating Circumstances Panel meets to consider cases put forward by students or members of staff directly before the Postgraduate Examination Board (June and November). Members of the panel are bound by the confidentiality requirements specified by the General Data Protection Regulation. The recommendations of the panel (but not the circumstances themselves) are then passed on to and considered by the relevant examination boards but the student will not usually be informed of the specific outcomes of the Mitigating Circumstances Panel.

If you have any questions about mitigation, please consult your personal tutor, the PGT Director or the pghistoryoffice at warwick dot ac dot uk.



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