Appeal form guidance

Appeals form information

You can use our online appeal form to submit your case to our Office. Please select the appropriate form for your situation based on the descriptions below. If you have any difficulties in accessing the form, please email: appeals@kent.ac.uk.

Informal Resolution

Students are strongly encouraged to contact their Division in the first instance to informally resolve any queries before entering the formal appeals process. Please contact your Division within 5 working days of receipt of results or a decision to ensure that the informal process can be completed within the 15 working day deadline to submit a formal appeal.

For students studying at a Validated Institution:
Early Informal Resolution applications must be submitted to your the institution you study at within 5 working days of your end of Stage results being formally published.
Formal Appeal applications must be submitted to the University within 15 working days of your end of Stage results being formally published.

Grounds for different types of appeals:

When submitting an appeal, the students are required to demonstrate that they meet one or more of the grounds depending on their appeal type. Appealing against academic judgement is not permitted in any of the appeals. 

Appeal against a recommendation of a Board of Examiners

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students (Formal Appeal)

Select this option on the appeal form found at the link above if you are intending to appeal against your end of year/end of stage results based on at least one of the allowed grounds:

  • where there is reasonable ground supported by objective evidence to believe that there has been administrative, procedural or clerical error of such a nature as to have affected the recommendation of the Board of Examiners; and/or 
  • where there is evidence of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control that have impacted negatively on academic performance and which the student was, for good reason, unable to submit by the published deadline; and/or  
  • Where there is evidence of prejudice or bias or the perception of prejudice or bias against the student.

Where the appeal is that evidence relating to illness or other misfortune submitted under mitigation procedures within the prescribed time limit was not properly considered by the Board of Examiners, this will be treated as a procedural error. 

Information about the appeals process can be found under Annex 13: Procedure for Appeals.

Appeal against a decision of an Academic Misconduct Committee

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students (Formal Appeal)

Select this option on the appeal form found at the link above if you wish to appeal against the decision an Academic Misconduct Committee has made regarding an allegation against you of academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism). Please ensure you have followed all of the internal Divisional procedures before launching a formal appeal. The grounds for this appeal are as follows:

  • Where there are reasonable grounds, supported by objective evidence, to believe that there has been an administrative, procedural or clerical error of such a nature as to have affected the recommendation of the Committee; and/or; 
  • That fresh evidence can be presented, which could not reasonably have been made available before the decision was made, and which casts reasonable doubt on the reliability of the decision; and/or 
  • That the outcome and/or penalty were unreasonable or not justified given the evidence which was available at the time; and/or 
  • Where there is evidence of prejudice or bias or the reasonable perception of prejudice or bias against the student.

Information about the academic misconduct procedures can be found under Annex 10: Academic Misconduct: Principles and Procedures.

Appeal form for postgraduate research students

(Formal Appeal)

Select this option on the appeal form found at the link above if you are a postgraduate research student. The grounds for this appeal are as follows:

  • that there are extenuating circumstances affecting the student's performance of which the relevant examiners or staff members were not, for good reason, aware when their decision was taken. 
  • that there was administrative, procedural or clerical error in the conduct of the procedure of such a nature as to cause reasonable doubt as to whether the same decision would have been reached had they not occurred. 
  • that there is evidence of prejudice or bias or the reasonable perception of prejudice or bias or of inadequate assessment on the part of one or more of the examiners or staff members concerned. 

You can find information about postgraduate appeals under the Standing Orders Governing Research Appeals.

Appeal against a decision to terminate your registration as part of the academic diligence procedure

(Formal Appeal)

Select this option on the appeal form found at the link above if you wish to appeal against the decision to terminate your registration as an outcome of the academic diligence procedure. The grounds for this appeal are as follows:

  • Where there are reasonable grounds, supported by objective evidence, to believe that there has been an administrative, procedural or clerical error of such a nature as to have affected the recommendation of the Division. 
  • That fresh evidence can be presented, which could not reasonably have been made available before the decision was made, and which casts reasonable doubt on the reliability of the decision. 
  • That the recommendation to terminate the registration was unreasonable or not justified given the evidence which was available at the time. 
  • Where there is evidence of prejudice or bias or the reasonable perception of prejudice or bias against the student. 

You can find information under the Academic Diligence Procedure (Word Document - 40KB)

Academic Appeal (all situations) - a request for a review of the Formal Appeal decision

(Appeal Reviewl)

Select this option if you have already received an outcome from a Formal Appeal and wish to request a review of the decision to dismiss or partially uphold an appeal during the Formal Appeal process. A request for a review of the decision to dismiss or partially uphold a Formal Appeal appeal (Appeal Revie): 

  • that, in making their decision, the Appeals Case Managers failed to follow the University's conventions and/or procedures as set out Annex 13, or failed to follow them with due care; 
  • that there are reasonable grounds to suggest that the Appeals Case Managers have shown bias or prejudice towards the student in the way that the decision was taken; 
  • that relevant new evidence has become available that should be considered and there are valid reasons why it was not presented at the time of the appeal. The Academic Appeal Review Panel will decide whether there are valid reasons why the evidence was not submitted earlier and, if so, will consider this evidence alongside the review of the dismissal of the appeal;
  • that the decision of the Appeals Case Managers was unreasonable and/or the outcome was not proportionate in all of the circumstances. 

Information about Appeal Reviews can be found under Section 9 of Annex 13: Procedure for Appeals.

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