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There are specific circumstances which allow final year students to appeal against the award of a degree class or for first and intermediate students to appeal against a decision that they be required to withdraw. Full details may be found on the University’s Appeal pages.



How do I make a complaint?

Students have the right to raise a complaint over any of the following issues and are encouraged to do so in a
timely and constructive manner:

  • the quality and standard of service provided by the University, including teaching and learning provision;
  • failure to provide a service; unsuitable facilities or learning resources;
  • inappropriate behaviour or treatment by a staff member, student or individual associated with the University (including contravening the University’s Dignity at Warwick Policy, which includes harassment, bullying, and discrimination);
  • failure of the University to follow an appropriate administrative or academic process.

The History Department and the University aim to resolve straightforward complaints as quickly as possible using local resolution. Students are encouraged to raise their complaints directly with the member of staff concerned and should expect that member of staff to respond to the complaint politely and respectfully.

However, should an informal process not resolve matters, or if the nature of the complaint is such that you feel you cannot approach the member of staff directly, then a formal approach (see below) may be required. You may wish to seek support from your personal tutor during this process.


How does the University handle complaints?

The University has a three-stage Student Complaints Resolution Pathway for informal and formal concerns or complaints:

Stage 1: Frontline / Local Resolution

Complaints should initially be registered on a local level with the History department if possible, using our Student Complaint form; we aim to provide a response as soon as possible and definitely within 20 university working days in line with the University's complaints procedure. If you find the response to be unsatisfactory, or you feel an informal approach is not appropriate, you should proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Formal Departmental Investigation and Resolution

Stage 2 formal complaints are handled by the University, pending submission of the Stage 2 Departmental Resolution Complaint form, alongside any relevant documentation or evidence. If you find the response to be unsatisfactory, you should proceed to Stage 3.

Stage 3: Formal Institutional Review and Final Resolution

A Stage 3 review of your complaint response should be requested within 10 university days of the Stage 2 outcome, pending submission of the Stage 3 Formal Complaints form, alongside any relevant documentation or evidence.

More information can be found on the University's Student Complaints page.


If you would like to speak to someone in the Department about the Complaints Procedure, please contact your personal tutor or the Academic Administrator.