Mitigating and extenuating circumstances

If a serious event in your life has affected your work, it could be taken into account in your assessment.

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What Extenuating Circumstances is

It is for when you've suffered from something like the following:

  • Serious medical condition
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Unexpected caring responsibilities
  • Court attendance

has affected your exams or ability to submit coursework as would be expected.

See more detail on the categories of Extenuating Circumstances and the evidence reqiured.

How it works

You make your case to your department, supplying evidence as required.

You must normally submit mitigating evidence no later than seven days after the deadline for submission of coursework or the date of the examination.

Help from the Wellbeing Service

Our Wellbeing Service can help you:

  • Understand the regulations and process for your academic department
  • Determine if you may be eligible to apply
  • Obtain appropriate supporting evidence

Arrange an appointment with them through the¬†Wellbeing drop-in for this help.


This is covered in the Extenuating Circumstances sections of the Academic Manual for Taught Programmes and Research Programmes.