Get support and guidance
If you're a University of Essex student, we strongly advise you to contact SU Advice before making a formal appeal against a Board of Examiners decision. SU Advice will provide support with completing the paperwork and advice regarding the necessary evidence.
The Student Services Hub can also provide advice on understanding your results, the appeals procedure and if you are experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties.
Students studying at a partner institution should contact their education provider directly or visit their institution’s website for information regarding available support.
If you have a disability or an ongoing medical condition, and you are having difficulties in taking part in these procedures, then we can also consider making individual arrangements for you. To find out if this is available for you, please contact the Student Wellbeing and Disability Service via the Student Services Hub.
Submitting your appeal
You may only appeal against a decision made by the Board of Examiners within ten working days of receiving your end of year results. If you submit an appeal after the deadline without valid
reasons and supporting evidence, your appeal will not be considered. If you are studying at the University of Essex, the exam results schedules will be published during the summer term.
It is not possible for you to meet with the Appeal Officer, Dean or Exam Board to present your appeal. All students must explain their appeal fully in writing in the appeal form and submit any evidence that may be appropriate.
- University of Essex students: download and complete the Academic Appeal Form (.docx) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students at partner institution: contact your education provider to obtain and submit the form. The form will not be accepted by the Student Progress Team until it has gone to the partner institution in the first instance.
Your evidence for an appeal
You must provide all the evidence that you have in relation to the appeal. You will not normally be permitted to submit further evidence after the submission of the Academic Appeal Form.
Examples of commonly accepted forms of evidence:
- medical/health certificate which confirms illness for a defined period
- photocopy of a death certificate
- letter of support/explanation from a support service at the University, for example, Student Support
- letter of support/explanation from a third party (eg. police report, local authority report or counsellor's letter)
Examples of evidence which are unlikely to be accepted in isolation:
- evidence of a medical condition which a doctor did not see/diagnose
- a letter from a friend or family member