Mitigating Circumstances

Given the extraordinary circumstances that the University, its staff and students find themselves in from COVID-19, it has been decided that students DO NOT need to submit a MITS application for any Trimester B or C module – irrespective of the reason (e.g. Covid-19 or other medical/personal) 

At the upcoming Progression & Award Boards, all students will be considered as if they have successfully submitted MITS.  This means:

  1. For any student who is unable to submit an assessment or fails a required assessment in relation to a Trimester B or C module(s) will automatically be given the opportunity to resubmit with their attempt preserved.
  2. When considering a student’s overall performance or performance in a Tri B or Tri C module, Progression & Award Boards will take into account the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic will have placed on students outcomes, particularly in relation to honours classification or merit/distinction for Levels 3 and M

However some students may still wish to make the University aware of specific circumstances that have affected their studies, so that this information can be passed to their Programme Team and also, if they wish, to the Student Wellbeing Team.

For students who wish to submit a MITS form, an online form has been submitted and is available here.

Please note that some students had submitted a paper MITS form prior to the Campus closing.  Given our remote working, we do not have an electronic record of these.  Therefore, as you will be considered as having submitted, there is no requirement to submit an online form, unless you wish us to be made aware of any specific circumstances now.  Once the campus has re-opened, we will process these forms in relation to passing on any relevant information that you have given us permission to.

Details of the University’s standard Mitigating Policy can be access here 

Please note Mitigating Circumstances are also not required to be submitted to request an extension for a piece of assessment.  Please contact your module tutor directly should you wish to request a short extension

What is a Retrospective Mitigating Circumstances form (RMCF)?

For students who, due to exceptional unforeseen circumstances (e.g. hospitalised, Out of the Country), were not able to submit a MITS form for Trimester A by the Trimester A deadline, can submit a retrospective application.  For these submissions, evidence must be provided.


An application for Retrospective Mitigating Circumstances should only be made as a result of being unable to apply for Mitigating Circumstances before the specified deadline due to exceptional circumstances (such as hospitalisation or extenuating unforeseen personal circumstances).  


Being unaware of the Mitigating Circumstances process or dissatisfaction with academic decisions/marks are NOT grounds for submitting a Retrospective Mitigating Circumstances form.  Any forms received claiming that you did not realise how unwell you were until you received you results will be rejected unless there is very clear justification for the application.


You cannot submit as an appeal due to your application for Mitigating Circumstances being unsuccessful.



1) Evidence must be provided for Retrospective MITS Applications

2) This form is only for Trimester A

Given the current Covid-19 situation, no retrospective MITS are being accepted for Trimester B as all students are being considered as if they had successfully submitted MITS for Trimester B. 

3) The deadline for submission is 10 days after your Progression & Awards Board has met.

4) We aim to advise you of the outcome by the end of July at the latest.


To submit a Retrospective MITS form, please complete the online form by the 16th July 2020.