How long does the appeals process take?
These timescales run from the date your exam and assessment results are published online. The whole process should take around three months.
Graduation is now in no way connected to award, so a student who is choosing to appeal can still attend. Anyone who registers to attend before the deadline can join the celebration. However, you must notify the Graduation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you intend to appeal, to prevent your award being conferred shortly after your celebration date.
Here's a more in depth explanation:
- The Appeal - your appeal should be made within 20 working days of your results being published.
- School Response - you should be contacted by the Student Cases Team within 20 working days of making your appeal. This will include your School’s response to your appeal. This is not your appeal result so don’t worry if it doesn’t agree with your point of view.
- Concluding Comments - you’ll be asked to give some concluding comments within 10 days of the first response from your School. You must submit this on the concluding comments form in time, otherwise your appeal will be withdrawn.
- Review - your appeal will be reviewed by the panel as soon as possible, depending on how many cases they are dealing with. This review decides if your case goes forward to the next stage.
- Hearing - if your case progresses you will likely be granted a hearing by the Committee on Applications, to which you’ll be invited. You should receive your result a week after the hearing. If you’re happy with the decision then that’s the end of your appeal.
- Appeal to the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor - if you’re unhappy with the decision of the Committee, you can forward your appeal to the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor within 20 working days.
- Final decision from the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor - The final decision is made within a month of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor receiving your appeal.
There is also a useful flowchart of the appeals process here.