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Writing an Appeal
Writing an Appeal

Course Assessment Board (CAB Appeals)

This is a brief outline of the University appeals process and you are advised to consult the Students Handbook of Regulations or contact the SU Advice Centre for more detailed information.

What is a CAB Appeal?

It is a review of a decision by a Course Assessment Board which relates to:

  • Progression to the next year of your course
  • The marks which you were awarded for a module
  • The classification of degree which you have been awarded*

You can only appeal the published result of the CAB – not the provisional result.

Before submitting an appeal, it is a good idea to speak with your school support office, Course Leader or Registry to see if your concerns can be resolved informally.

Grounds for Appeal

Appeals against academic or professional judgement will not be considered. So, disappointment with your results if your marks were accurately recorded, assessment regulations were followed and there is no evidence of material irregularity in the way in which the assessment was carried out does not constitute grounds for appeal.

There are limited grounds on which you can appeal the decision of the Course Assessment Board and such a review will only be considered in the following circumstances:

  • Extenuating Circumstances - EC’s which you did not submit to your school before the CAB met will only be considered as grounds for appeal in exceptional circumstances and you will need to demonstrate that you were prevented from engaging with the University’s EC procedure at the time. These extenuating circumstances and the reason for their late submission must be supported by medical certificates or other independent evidence.

Or

  • You can produce evidence demonstrating that there has been an admin error or other irregularity that has directly affected the mark awarded.

Given the existence of procedures for complaint during the study period, retrospective complaints regarding dissatisfaction with tutoring, supervision or feedback will not normally be accepted as grounds for appeal.

Completing the Appeal Form:

Submit a stage 1 Appeal which can be found at www.hud.ac.uk/regs/ to CABappeals@hud.ac.uk, not normally later than 10 working days after the decision of the Assessment Board which is disputed has been announced.

When submitting your appeal, you should make sure that you address the following points:

  • Clearly, state the grounds for your appeal and the decision you are appealing
  • Use the form to produce a chronology of events.
  • Make clear how any EC’s have affected your ability to complete the work and why these were not brought to the university’s attention before.
  • Obtain and attach evidence (usually in the form of a professional medical document) to support your claim. This must cover the period of the assessment in question as well as the reason for the late notice to the university (ie, why did you not submit an EC at the time?)
  • Say what you would like the outcome to be (eg a chance to do the work again)

Appeal Process

Once your appeal has been received by the university, the documentation will be reviewed to establish whether you have grounds to appeal, if so your case will be considered further by either the Head of Registry or an Appeals Committee usually within 30 working days. You will have the right to attend any Appeals Committee hearing to present your case if you wish. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Appeals Committee hearing you can ask for a review of the Committee’s decision subject to satisfying certain criteria within the regulations.

If leave to appeal is not granted a full explanation will be provided in writing.

Stage 2 Appeal: If your case hasn’t been considered by the Appeals committee, you can submit a stage 2 appeal within 10 working days if you feel there has been a material irregularity at stage 1 or if there is further evidence that couldn’t have been demonstrated at stage 1. Registry will review the appeal and notify you within 20 working days of the outcome.

This decision will be Final.

If the appeal is upheld?

If a late EC is accepted, the CAB will be notified and you will be told whether you have another opportunity to redo the assessment. If, however you have already undertaken the assessment and obtained an overall pass in the module, you will not have an opportunity to redo the assessment but the CAB will take the EC into account when deciding your degree classification.

*Classification of degree: Bear in mind that the Course Assessment Board can exercise academic judgement relating to poor performance due to a recognized EC in determining classifications but only up to a maximum of 1.5% and so even with a successful CAB appeal it might not change your degree classification. Other conditions must also be satisfied.

If a material irregularity is found to have occurred, the action will depend on the circumstances.

The SU advice team are happy to read through your Appeal before you submit it as well as support you through the process. Contact us at advice-centre@hud.ac.uk or by phoning 01484 473446 to book an appointment.