Appeals against a Degree Classification

If you wish to appeal against your degree classification, or module marks relating to your final result, you can still graduate and you can attend your Graduation Ceremony.   It is, however, not possible to complete consideration of an appeal between the issue of final results and the Graduation Ceremonies but, if your appeal is subsequently upheld and your result amended, you will be required to return the original certificate and transcript that you have received, before the updated documents are produced and forwarded to you.

Academic Appeals Process - Guidance for completing the Academic Appeals Form

  1. Students are entitled to submit an Academic Appeal against a confirmed academic decision of the University, but are recommended to take advice from Matthew Hurst in Roehampton Students' Union first, before commencing an Appeal submission.  If, upon discussions with the Students' Union, you consider that you meet the University’s acceptable grounds for appeal, the Students' Union will provide you with the Academic Appeals Form, which must be completed as part of the process. Failure to complete the Academic Appeals Form (available in paragraph 9 below) and supply appropriate supporting evidence will mean your appeal is classed as incomplete and it will not be considered. 
  2. The University’s acceptable grounds for appeal are limited to three, and these are detailed in the Academic Regulations, under Section 28(a) for Taught Degrees and Section 27(a) for Research Degrees. The grounds are also quoted in Section 2.1 of the Academic Appeals Form. Please ensure you read these before submitting an appeal. 
  3. Appeal submissions will be reviewed initially by the University Secretariat to determine whether valid grounds for appeal have been met and sufficient evidence submitted. Submissions which do not meet the valid grounds for appeal, or lack appropriate supporting evidence, will be not be processed further and the student will be notified in writing.
  4. An appeal should not be confused with a student complaint, for which there are separate procedures. See Student Complaints Procedure for details. Appeals cover academic decisions only.
  5. If Mitigating Circumstances are the basis of an appeal, students should first consult the Mitigating Circumstances Policy before submitting an appeal, to ensure they have fulfilled the University’s reporting requirements.
  6. Students who wish to appeal should submit an Academic Appeals Form and supporting evidence addressed to:
    University Secretariat, University of Roehampton, Grove House, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ.
    but not to the Programme Convener(s), University Registry or the Chair of any School Exam Board or Awards & Progression Board.
    The Appeals Form and supporting evidence must be submitted by post.
  7. Appeals must be submitted within two weeks of receipt of formal issue of results from the University Registry (not your Department, which issues provisional results only). Appeals submitted late with good reason may, exceptionally be considered, up to a maximum of three months only. However a request to extend the deadline must be made to the University Secretariat.
  8. Confirmation of receipt of the Academic Appeals Form will be sent by email. If a student has not received email confirmation of receipt within two weeks of posting their Appeal Form, they should contact the University Secretariat for information.
  9. In order to make an appeal, students must fully complete the Academic Appeals Form and supply supporting evidence. If the Appeals Form has not been completed in full, it will be classed as incomplete and the appeal will not be processed.
  10. Students should keep a copy of the completed Appeals Form and evidence for their own records, prior to submitting the form to the University Secretariat.
  11. All Appeals which are accepted for consideration as having valid grounds are subjected to the same process. The University Secretary refers the appeal submission to the Programme Convener for comment and recommendation on behalf of the Programme Exam Board, and on receipt of the response makes a recommendation to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, or their delegate, who makes the final adjudication.
  12. The Appeals process is managed by the University Secretary: enquiries from students regarding the appeal progress should be referred to the University Secretary or his staff in the Secretariat.
  13. The University Secretary advises the outcomes of Appeals to students in writing. Students may comment on the material accuracy of the contents of the outcome letter, in writing, but no further appeal on the same issue is allowed. However, a student disputing an Appeal outcome may now choose to take the matter to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education. In order to do this they need to request a Letter of Completion of Internal Procedures when commenting on the appeal outcome.
  14. Upon request, the University Secretariat is able to provide a copy of this form in a larger font and size, if required.

University Secretariat
June 2016