Guidance for Students

These guidelines, which apply to both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, are intended to provide advice on the academic appeals process i.e. students seeking the amendment or reversal of a decision taken by a Board of Examiners relating to their academic performance.  The appeals process does not set aside the academic judgement of examiners on a student’s performance but seeks to ensure that all relevant circumstances are examined and taken into account before a final decision is taken on a student’s future. 

These Guides should be read in conjunction with the Academic Appeal Regulations (Taught Programmes).  Where there is any doubt, the Regulations take precedence over these Guides.

Please note: Neither the FSAC nor the CSAC can make academic judgements, i.e., change marks or degree classifications.  Neither the FSAC nor the CSAC can permit students to resit or retake modules which they have already passed.

There are two stages of the academic appeals process for taught programmes.  This flowchart outlines the stages which are explained below:

Stage 1 - Faculty Student Appeal Committee (FSAC)

If you are dissatisfied with a decision of the Board of Examiners in your School, you may appeal on grounds to the Faculty Student Appeals Committee (FSAC).  

Stage 2 - Central Student Appeals Committee (CSAC)

If your appeal was dismissed by the FSAC and having considered the reasons given for dismissing your appeal, you are dissatisfied with the FSAC decision, you may appeal on grounds to the Central Student Appeals Committee (CSAC).  You cannot appeal directly to the CSAC, against the decision of the Board of Examiners.