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Postgraduate Academic Appeals

As a Postgraduate student, what can I appeal against?

Regulation 42 details the academic decisions against which Postgraduate Taught and Research students may appeal and the grounds on which appeals may be made.

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 Appeal Review Panels.

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 pgappeals at warwick dot ac dot uk 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?

Appeals relating to Taught Postgraduate courses will be administered by the Student Complaints and Academic Casework Team in the Academic Registrar’s Office; appeals relating to Postgraduate Research degrees will be administered by the Doctoral College.

If your appeal is not eligible you will be contacted by the relevant team to explain why your appeal cannot be considered.

If your appeal is eligible, you will be contacted to confirm receipt of your appeal and explain the appeals process. If your appeal is eligible, it may be sent to your academic department for its 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 considered by a Preliminary Review Panel (PRP), which is constituted of academic members of staff as outlined in Regulation 42, which will determine whether or not you have established grounds for appeal. If the Preliminary Review Panel determines you have established grounds for appeal, it will refer your appeal to the relevant Board of Examiners (in the case of Taught Postgraduate degrees) or to the relevant examiners (in the case if Postgraduate Research degrees).

In certain circumstances your appeal may be referred to a meeting of a Graduate Appeals Committee (GAC).

Regulation 42 outlines the procedure of the Preliminary Review Panel and Graduate Appeals Committee.

Can I appeal against the decision of the Preliminary Review Panel or Graduate Appeals Committee?

If your appeal is rejected you can request a review of the decision by emailing academicappeals at warwick dot ac dot uk within 10 University working days. See Regulation 42 for the grounds for which a review of an appeal will be considered.

What is a Completion of Procedures letter?

A Completion of Procedures letter may be issued to a student when the internal appeals procedures of the University have been completed. This will set out the issues that were considered in your appeal and the University’s final decision. The Completion of Procedures letter will also explain how you can apply for a review of your appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).