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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 Board of Examiners you are required to communicate formally (normally in writing) with your Department about them. 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 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 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.


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 or waive late penalties. For further information on the possible effects of your Mitigating Circumstances claim being accepted, see Mitigating Circumstances Process and Procedures.


What counts as mitigating circumstances?

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 Undergraduate Mitigating Circumstances in relation to the academic year 2023-24, including supporting evidence is Monday 03 June 2024.