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Following the national lockdown announced in January 2021, the University has agreed the following arrangements to support students to be as successful as possible during this period of disruption whilst ensuring that academic standards and professional requirements continue to be met.
The University recognises the exceptional circumstances that students find themselves working and studying in during the Covid-19 pandemic and has implemented the Principle for No Disadvantage to ensure that they are not unfairly disadvantaged. Under the Principle for No Disadvantage you may submit a claim for retrospective mitigation following the release of your results for eligible elements of assessment, if you consider that your mark is lower than you would reasonably have expected to get had the pandemic not occurred and you are confident that you can achieve a higher mark.
Once you receive your formal outcomes through OSIS, you are advised to reflect on whether you think your outcomes fall within the range of the marks that you were expecting. If you consider that your mark for relevant assessments is lower than you would have reasonably expected if the Covid-19 pandemic had not occurred, and you are confident that you can obtain a higher mark, you can submit a claim for retrospective mitigating circumstances to be applied to that assessment. This means that your original mark will be deleted and you will be permitted another attempt at this element of assessment.
You must understand the consequences of this decision, in particular, how this may impact on your ability to progress or graduate. Before submitting a claim for retrospective mitigation you must consult with your personal tutor or course leader.
You have five university working days from the date that your formal results are released in OSIS to submit a claim for retrospective mitigating circumstances using the Mitigating Circumstances function in OSIS. Late claims will not be accepted.
To illustrate: if your results are published on a Friday you would have until midnight on the following Friday to submit a claim for retrospective mitigating circumstances.
It is important that you understand the consequences of applying for mitigation following the release of your results:
Please note: the option to claim for retrospective mitigating circumstances may not apply if you are studying on a course that leads to a professional accreditation. In these circumstances you will be contacted by your course leader.
To submit a claim for mitigating circumstances you should use the online system accessed through OSIS.
Before you do, please read through the relevant regulations, which are referenced below.
Please note the deadline for submitting a claim is up to five university working days after the official deadline for submission or five days university working days after the examination date.
When you are ready to complete your submission, you can access the online system in OSIS: