What is an appeal?

An appeal is a formal procedure by which a registered student can appeal, on the grounds of procedural or other irregularity, against a University Assessment Board decision which result in their studies being terminated or their normal progression being delayed or which relate to the classification of their awards. In order to submit your appeal you must complete the University's Academic Appeal Form.

On what grounds can I appeal against an Assessment Board’s decision?

Appeals can be made on the grounds of material administrative error, regulatory irregularity or other material irregularity, for example that the assessments were not conducted in accordance with current regulations for the programme. You must provide documentary evidence in support of your appeal.

Academic Appeals cannot be made on the grounds of personal or medical factors. In such cases, students should submit a Retrospective Mitigating Circumstances Form (refer to Appendix 6 of the University Assessment Regulations).

How long do I have to submit the appeal?

You have ten working days (two calendar weeks) from the publication date of the Assessment Board’s decision. Appeals will not normally be considered if received outwith this period, unless you can provide valid reasons for the delay. No appeal received after six months from the date of the Board’s decision will be considered.

How do I appeal?

The appeal must be made on the University’s Academic Appeal Form available to download here:

University's Academic Appeal Form

The Academic Appeal Form contains a Help Sheet to assist you in completing the form, please read this information carefully.

Where do I send the Appeal form?


Your Academic appeal form should be submitted via email to academicappeals@gcu.ac.uk  




Who can help me with my Appeal?

If you wish to submit an Academic Appeal you can seek advice on the procedures from a member of staff (tutor) or a student welfare adviser.

What happens next?

All appeal forms shall be given preliminary consideration by the Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, who will notify, when appropriate, the relevant Assessment Board Chair who shall prepare a written statement providing, in detail, the proposed outcome of the appeal, including any proposed change to the original Assessment Board decision. This statement will normally be lodged with the Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement within five working days of notification.

The Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Academic Appeals Committee in dismissing appeals that are not able to be considered under the University’s regulations for academic appeals, do not have grounds for appeal or do not have sufficient evidence to support an appeal. In all such cases the Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement shall inform the student accordingly and there shall be no further right of appeal. 

What are the possible outcomes?
  • The Appeal may be upheld.  An example outcome could be to treat an attempt as void or to allow you to proceed with your studies.
  • The Appeal may not be upheld.  In such decisions there is no further right of Appeal.
How long do I have to wait to hear the result of my appeal?

The Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement will notify you in writing as soon as possible when a decision has been made.

Other information

For further information on Academic Appeals please look at the Academic Appeals Regulations contained in the University Assessment Regulations or contact the Department of Quality Assurance and Enhancement for further information.

Positive Living Team

Please note that you can confidentially access the services of the Positive Living Team if you find that the circumstances causing or arising from the Appeals process are having an adverse effect on you. The service is free to all students even if you have been required to withdraw from your programme. You can also contact the Students Association Welfare Adviser or your academic tutor.