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Exceptional Circumstances 20-21

Important note: This section relates to 2020-21 assessments with a submission date on or before 30 September 2021. Information on 2021-22 assessments can be found at 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 has been updated specifically for 2020-21 to ensure that 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, Guidelines for Academic Flexibility for Elite, Academy and Sports Bursary Athletes‌ are available to 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.