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Exceptional Circumstances

Exceptional Circumstances

The University’s Regulations concerning student illness, emergency and exceptional circumstances can be found in the Study Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes and the Study Regulations for Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

Guidelines for Schools on Exceptional Circumstances provides guidance for Schools on the implementation of the regulations on student exceptional circumstances, including a guide to normally acceptable exceptional circumstances.

Guidelines for Students on Exceptional Circumstances provides guidance for students on how to apply for exceptional circumstances should they encounter difficulties which may impact their academic performance.

The University recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present particular circumstances for students which may impact upon their ability to engage with their studies, and to submit or complete assessments.  Accordingly, the guidance on Exceptional Circumstances for 2021-22 ensures that provision is made for the particular challenges faced by students during this academic year and that students have the opportunity to have their circumstances taken into consideration, if needed.

In addition, the Guidelines for Academic Flexibility for Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes‌ allow eligible students to combine their sporting responsibilities with their academic requirements.

This Code of Practice applies to students on undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, including the taught elements of professional doctorates. Information on the assessment and examination of students enrolled on postgraduate research degree programmes can be found in the Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.