Appeals and Re-Submissions Service

University Re-submissions


What do I do if I failed coursework / Dissertation?

It can be scary and disappointing finding out you have failed a coursework or dissertation proposal. So, what do you do next?  First, finding out your Universities policies is important before making any decisions. Some universities will allow re-submissions or appeals depending on circumstances and the amount of failed marks; however, others may require the year to be retaken if you do not meet the minimum requirements to move on. Additionally, receiving feedback from your tutor is essential to understand why you failed the coursework or dissertation. This will give you an idea if a re-submission is the best course to take.


What is a re-submission / what is the procedure?

A re-submission is the opportunity for a student to resubmit a work that has failed to meet the minimum marking criteria and needs to be improved substantially. This may mean rewriting and improving the failed work or completely starting from scratch with a new topic depending on your universities policies. Usually, a re-submission is completed during the summer after the year is complete and each course or module can have different submission dates.

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General information and rules for re-submissions

Generally, you will receive formal feedback for your failed module from the examination. However, we also recommend scheduling a meeting with your supervisor to discuss your assignment, understand their criticisms and obtain further suggestions for improvement. Unfortunately, re-submissions will also incur a fee to the cover costs with dissertations generally being the most expensive.

It is essential to pay attention to the submission date because if it is missed, you will more than likely not have another chance until the following year’s submissions. The deadlines will also vary if you are resubmitting a coursework or having to write a dissertation again as the latter will need more time. Extensions may be possible through extenuating circumstances but do not rely on this as they can still be rejected.


What will be the outcome of a re-sit or re-submission?

Re-submissions can be awarded any grade; however, most universities will cap the grade at a pass level due to the circumstances.

  • Passing your re-submission then you will either graduate or continue onto the next year of study as the result are usually determined before the next academic year begins.
  • Failing but have enough credits for a pass, it is up to your university if they can conditionally let you graduate or proceed.
  • Failing but you do not have enough credits then you will either need to retake the modules in the next year, take a lower diploma or you may not be awarded any qualification.


What about at Postgraduate level?

Re-submissions are also possible at Postgraduate level. This can be completed on modules and the thesis, usually with a maximum of 50% being resubmitted, and can include an oral assessment, if required by your course. The pass mark is usually higher than at Bachelor's level and if your re-submission does not reach the required mark, you will most likely be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma instead.

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University Appeals

What is an appeal?

An academic appeal is the procedure a student can take in order for their mark, degree award, progression and exclusion decisions are submitted to be reviewed. It is available to those students who feel that their marks for submissions are lower than their expectations due to some personal extenuating circumstances or academic malpractice. It can be a difficult can it and stressful process to prepare a strong case and argument to be considered.


In what circumstances or scenarios would I qualify for an appeal?

Not everyone will qualify for an appeal and only certain scenarios are considered:

  • Any extenuating circumstances that affected your performance
  • You may not be given an award and as a result, your studies are terminated
  • A lower qualification has been awarded, for example if studying a Masters but having been awarded a postgraduate diploma
  • Prejudice and misconduct that could adversely affect the academic outcome

We recommend making your university aware of any extenuating circumstances as soon as possible as other considerations can be made. However, if this was not possible or the notification was ignored, it is still grounds for appeal. Usually, you cannot appeal against the academic judgement of your work as this is opinion based and can be filed as a complaint alternatively.


What is the overall process of an appeal? how do I go about starting the appeal process?

First, check with your university the deadline for submitting appeals as this can vary between each university. Submitting your appeal late can result in further evidence needed for your appeal to be considered.

Usually, an appeal will be submitted in written format, such as a letter or apple form, and requires evidence to be attached. When extenuating circumstances are being argued, evidence is absolutely required, examples of evidence include:

  • Medical letter or certificate confirming illness for the described period
  • Support letter from University support services, including counselling and dyslexia service
  • Support letter from a third party, including counselling or a police report
  • Copy of a Death certificate

This evidence needs to be original, signed and dated in order to be considered and submitted alongside your appeal letter. The result of an appeal can takes up to a few months. The results possible from an appeal include:

  • Accepted
  • Rejected
  • Referred

If you are unhappy with the result of an appeal, you can request a review of your application but again this can take some time.

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How can I make sure my appeal is effective?

Be Thorough - The evidence you present is key to your appeal and it may be rejected if there is not sufficient evidence or evidence that lacks credibility. This can include phone conversations, email correspondence and even university policies if necessary.

Build a Strong Argument - In addition to the strong evidence you collect, the argument you present in your appeal letter needs to be strong too. We recommend avoiding emotional language, instead be factual and detailed. Be clear, logical and order evidence chronologically so it is easy to understand and follow.

Be clear on the Result you want - You obviously want a particular result from the university through your appeal so you must be clear about the result you want. Do the university need offer guidance and advice or has one of their decisions need to be reviewed? Argue about how the university’s actions or in-actions have impacted you and how the result will positively impact you.

Prepare - The appeals committee might ask questions to get a better understanding and have your personal point of view. Therefore, be prepared to answer some tough, exploratory questions to do with your actions and the effect you have suffered.


Why might my appeal be rejected?

There are a few reasons that your appeal may be rejected:

  • Submitted too early before the publication of results or too late and past the appeal deadline
  • If your argument is not considered an appeal
  • No or insufficient evidence is provided
  • Where a solution has been requested that is not available in the appeal process

This is why the way you present and back up your argument strongly to avoid any chance of your appeal being rejected. Also ensure that you research your university’s appeal policies so that you are meeting their requirements and are eligible for an appeal.


How can 15Writers help?

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