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Mitigating circumstances guidance

We understand that students may be affected by illness and/or difficult and distressing events that are outside their control.

Should such circumstances begin to affect a student’s ability to participate in studies, it is important that they let their school know as soon as possible. There is a great deal of support available across the University, and Schools will provide advice regarding who to contact and how.

If there are short term unanticipated circumstances that impact on assessment, applications may be made for mitigating circumstances to be considered by assessment boards.    There are two types of mitigation: requests for Extensions on submission of coursework assessments and requests for Additional Consideration

The following Guidance on how to apply is part of the Code of Practice on Assessment published by Schools:


Further procedural advice in these areas can be obtained from the Student Cases team:




Last updated: 29.9.22 (HJP)