Appeals Procedure

What is an Assessment Appeal?

You can start an Assessment Appeal if you feel that that there are good reasons to review a grade or mark you have received for an assessment.

An assessment can be anything from an essay or any other written assignment to a practical piece of work or observation of your ability to perform a task.

An assessor is the person who grades or marks your work.

Do I Have Grounds For Appeal?

There are 2 possible reasons for an appeal:

1. An administrative error has been made by the assessor.

2. The assessment was unfair because it was not carried out in line with the marking/grading criteria.

Should I Appeal?

It is very important that you think carefully before submitting an assessment appeal. It can be very disappointing if your grades are not as good as you had expected. You should reflect calmly and honestly about the possible reasons for not receiving the grades you expected.

You must in the first instance raise the grading/marking of your work with the assessor and find out the reasons for your grade, before you can appeal formally. You should do this immediately after receiving your mark or grade. The assessor will discuss the reasons for your mark/grade with you as soon as possible.

The outcome can be either that the grade/mark stands or that it is changed.

Where Can I Get Help and Advice?

If, after discussing the assessment decision with the Lecturer, you still wish to appeal, you will need to follow the formal Assessment Appeals Procedure.

The Formal Appeals Procedure

The formal Assessment Appeals Procedure is brought about by you.

This means that you have to complete Form 1/ Section A outlining the reasons why you believe your grade is not fair. You need to do this within 5 working days after you initially raised the query with your assessor. A copy of this form is enclosed.

The assessor will be completing Form 1/ Section B outlining the reasons for his or her decision.

These 2 forms will then be forwarded to the Internal Verifier or Moderator.

Depending on the outcome of the Moderator or Internal Verifier’s decision, the Appeals Procedure can then lead to Part 2 which involves the Section Manager considering the evidence and making a decision.

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, an Appeals Panel will sit. This panel has representatives from your programmes, senior managers and yourself. You can ask a representative to support you at the Appeals Panel Meeting.

If you are not clear how to go about this or need assistance to complete the forms, you can ask your Personal Tutor, a Lecturer in the Essential Skills Centre, the Student Union, or, if relevant, your Learning Support Assistant for help.

You can get the full Assessment Appeals Procedure from your Personal Tutor, the LRC, the SIC (Student Information Centre).

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