This Guide is intended for use by postgraduate research students who wish to appeal a decision of their School Postgraduate Research Committee (SPRC) on student progression, assessment and/or award or against an examiners’ decision regarding the outcome of an oral examination.
You should read this Guide in conjunction with the Academic Appeal Regulations (Research Degree Programmes) and the General Provisions Relating to Academic Appeals, Conduct, Academic Offences, and Student Complaints. Where there is any doubt the Regulations take precedence over these guidelines.
You may appeal against decisions relating to the following:
(i) That you cannot progress to the next stage of a phase of research study, i.e. that your current programme of study is terminated or you are transferred to another course of study.
(ii) An appeal against a decision not to award the qualification for which you are registered (i.e. a decision made at the end of your research degree).
You may not appeal against the academic judgement of an examining or decision-making body. Academic judgement relates to the expertise of the examiners within the subject area, and their judgements on whether or not the work that was produced in the thesis was original, at the forefront of the discipline, and was of the standard required for the research programme. It is a judgement made about a matter where only the opinion of an academic expert will suffice.
- Dismiss your appeal, giving reasons.
- Uphold your appeal in part or in full by varying the progression decision made by the SPRC in one of the following ways as appropriate to the appeal case:
- Declare the APR (including differentiation) null and void and direct that a new APR be held.
- Recommend to the SPRC that it reconsider its decision.
- Uphold your appeal in part or in full with regard to final examination (assessment/award) and take action in one of the following ways as appropriate to the appeal case:
- Declare the oral examination null and void - new examiners will be appointed.
- Recommend that the examiners reconsider their decision.
- Permit you to revise and resubmit your thesis or to re-register and undertake more research before re-submitting your thesis. The CSRAC will specify whether the thesis will be examined by the same or new examiners. If the appeal is upheld on the ground of inadequate supervision, the CSRAC will recommend that one or more supervisors be replaced for the further period of research.
- Apply on your behalf for a concession to the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes
If the appeal has been upheld on the ground of inadequate supervision, the CSRAC shall recommend to the School that one or more supervisors be replaced.