Guidance for students on the Academic Appeals Procedure

  • The Academic Appeals Procedure allows a student to appeal against a decision of an Examination Committee (e.g. a coursework or examination assessment, withdrawal from a course or placement, etc) if it is believed an error has occurred under one of the grounds stated in this set of regulations:

    1. the assessment was not conducted in accordance with the regulations for the programme
    2. the judgement of an examiner(s) was affected by personal bias
    3. there was an administrative error or some other irregularity in the conduct of the  assessment causing the assessment decision to be significantly different

    If you think a particular Examination Committee decision is incorrect, you are strongly advised to consult the Brookes Union Advice Service who can help you decide what your options are and help you put forward your case. 

    It is also useful to speak to the assessment marker to find out why you achieved that mark and to get feedback for future assessments.

    Sometimes you may not agree with the mark given and think you deserve more. However, this is not the same as there being a mistake with the decision of the Examination Committee. It is worth noting that before a grade can be published: 

    • Assessed work is marked then moderated under a Faculty Marking and Moderation Policy. These policies can be obtained from a Faculty.
    • All decisions (including marks awarded) are considered by the Examination Committees (EC). An EC is responsible for assessment of specified modules and for considering student progress on specified subjects. The external examiners are in attendance.

    Possible outcome of an appeal

    • Justified, Partly Justified, Not Justified  
    • Resolutions if appropriate - extra assessments, uncapped resit, apology, alternative assessments, alternative marker if bias is found


    • You cannot be given extra marks for the assessment.
    • We cannot say students have passed learning outcomes when they have not.