Self-certification

  • Self-certification is an opportunity for you to tell us that you were unexpectedly unwell on the day of an event assessment with a self-limiting illness such as vomiting and diarrhoea or migraine, where you do not need to seek medical attention. You do not need to provide the University with medical evidence of the illness.

    What do I need to do?

    You will need to tell us that you are self-certifying on the exceptional circumstances pages of Student Information on the day of your assessment. By telling us that you are self-certifying, we will recognise that you have engaged with the University’s processes in relation to that assessment and you will have an opportunity to take the assessment in the resit period with access to the full range of marks (an uncapped resit). You do not need to provide any evidence of your illness. 

    How many times can I self-certify?

    We expect that most students will never need to self-certify during the course of their studies as the chances of being too acutely unwell to sit an assessment on a particular day are low. 

    If you do need to self-certify, it is on the understanding that it is a one-off situation and we will record that you have self-certified. We will not question your use of self-certification the first time that you use it but if you self-certify more than once in any academic year, we are likely to contact you to explore any underlying problems that are stopping you from attending your assessments.

    Self-certification is not intended to be used repeatedly to “put off” sitting assessments.