We know that there are times when unexpected circumstances occur, such as an illness, bereavement or difficult family circumstances, which can affect your ability to study or complete an assessment. We call situations like these a mitigating circumstance.

Mitigating circumstances are defined in academic regulation 4.24: “The university defines mitigating circumstances as recognisably disruptive or unexpected events beyond the student’s control that might have a significant and adverse impact on their academic performance. The Mitigating Circumstances Policy applies to students on taught programmes. Marks will never be raised due to mitigating circumstances.”

Prospective student & mitigating circumstances 



Current students & mitigating circumstances



What is the difference between Mitigating Circumstances & Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA)?


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