Knowing your grounds
Read the letter that the University has sent you, it will give you a link to the specific regulations for your case. Read these so you know what your position is.
Read through the appeals form – the letter from the university will provide a link to the correct appeal form.
Think about any supporting documentation you can get that can help your case. To prepare your case effectively, you need to back up what you are saying with evidence. This might include:
Doctors letter to confirm the impact that any illness has had on you and your ability to meet deadlines / attend etc. (prescriptions, appointment letters, death certificates are not enough on their own – they do not explain the impact on you and your studies)
Supporting letters from family/placement provider etc in addition to doctor’s letter.
Copies of correspondence between you and members of staff.
Completing the Appeal Form
- Write in chronological order so the reader can follow what has happened in date order.
- Be specific, eg Don’t just say ‘my mum was ill and it affected me’. Instead, give practical examples in a chain of events that led to poor performance/ attendance etc.
*My mum was suffering with cancer *She was up all night vomiting
*I was the only person to look after my mother and had to spend the night tending to her
*As a result, I only slept 2 hours per night in the weeks before my assignment was due.
*That, in turn, affected my ability to concentrate and meet the deadline.
- If you spoke with the school, don’t just say ‘I did speak to the school’. Again, be specific: When did you? Who did you speak to? What exactly did they say?
- Stick to the facts, what happened? and what were the consequences? Take out the emotion!
- Think about what has changed with your situation that will allow you to move forward – why are you now in a better position to attend university etc?
Appeal Form checklist
- Have you stated the grounds that you are appealing on?
- Have you included your evidence? if you’ve mentioned medical reasons – have you got a doctor’s letter to confirm what you are saying?
- Is your appeal in time (ie within 10 working days)? If not – have you explained the reason why it is late? You will need evidence from a professional to confirm why!
- Read through your form – have you stuck to the facts? Is it easy to read?
- Have you ended with the resolution that you are looking for?
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 email@example.com or by phoning 01484 473446 to book an appointment.