The process to submit an Academic Appeal application is online. You are required to complete the application form via this link.
Are you unhappy about a decision that the University has made in relation to your studies? Many students face a situation through no fault of their own whereby a series of events have occurred which has affected the outcome of an exam, assignment result, or that a wrongful allegation has been made against you. The Academic Appeals procedure enables you to challenge a decision made by the University.
CHECKLIST - What do I do next?
If you decide to submit an Academic Appeal application you need to do the following:
- Seek Independent Advice: Get in touch with the Independent Advice team. Sometimes making an application can be complicated or you can be unsure of what you need to do. Read our handy FAQs Guide which provides more detail on the process. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT: You can contact us on IndependentAdvice@bpp.com for confidential and impartial advice how to make a successful appeal before you submit your entire application online.
- Create an Account. The process to submit an Academic Appeal is online.
If you have a VLE account, you will need to first register and create a new account. Then on the left-hand side select ‘My Applications.’ You can then select to “start new application” and select your application type in the drop-down menu.
If you have a Hub Account, you will need to log in to your Hub and then, on the left-hand side, select ‘My Applications.’ You can then select to “start new application” and select your application type in the drop-down menu.
If you experience any technical difficulties accessing the appeals portal, please contact BPP IT support for further assistance as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0330 1000 706.
- Submit before the deadline: You have 20 working days from the date of the decision made by the University for your application to be received by the Office of Regulation & Compliance (ORC). For example, this could be the date that the exam or assignment result was officially released, or the decision reached by a panel as a result of an academic misconduct hearing. Warning! If your appeal is late, you will need to explain why you were physically or mentally incapable of submitting within the deadline. If you need detailed advice and assistance, we require at least 3 working days’ notice to respond to any feedback request due to the volume of enquiries we are currently facing.
- Decide on what grounds you are submitting your appeal: Were there A) administrative or procedural errors, B) a judgement that was unfair or unreasonable, or do you C) have new evidence that you could not show to the University before?
- Gather your evidence immediately: It is imperative to provide all the relevant evidence to support your application. For example, do you have evidence from a recognised medical professional or expert such as a GP or Consultant that supports your statement regarding your health at the time? Does the evidence contain key details such as dates and times that the unexpected event / situation occurred? If it is not an email, the document needs to be signed by the author of the document. You can find the University’s Evidence Guidance Document here.
- Write a strong statement: It is important that you address the grounds of your application and your personal statement aligns with this. In addition, if you attempted the assessment, be sure to explain why you declared yourself fit to sit in line with the fit to sit policy. Many applications fail because they do not fully explain what occurred. If you cannot explain how and why the University has made an incorrect decision and link this to the evidence provided, your application is likely to be rejected.
- Stay on action: In some cases, a result or decision may have prevented you from continuing your studies. As soon as you have obtained written confirmation that your application has been received by ORC, you can continue to attend lectures and complete assignments on all module subjects that you are not appealing against. You must inform your Programme Leader, Student Records, the Examination Team and if you have one your Programme Support Officer to ensure that they are all aware.
Please click here to learn about how to submit your application.
When can you NOT APPEAL?
I feel I did better than the result I was given, can I appeal an exam or assignment mark?
You cannot make an appeal based on your disagreement with academic judgement, unless there are other significant factors that may have affected the outcome of a decision. For example, as a result of a procedural error made by the University, which affected the amount of time you were allocated to complete an assessment or exam. You will need to provide evidence to show that this procedural error occurred. The University will expect you to demonstrate how the event or situation affected your performance.
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your Appeal application, it is important that you do not re-enter your application as this with withdraw your application. Should you have any questions as to whether your application has been received by the Office of Regulation and Compliance, you can email to confirm this via ORC@bpp.com.
The Regulation and Compliance Officer will email you to inform you of the outcome of your appeal, whether this is accepted or rejected at the initial consideration stage, or whether the Academic Appeals Board upholds or rejects your appeal.
All correspondence regarding your Academic Appeals application will be sent via email to the account you provide in your online submission.