Appendix 7

Late Mitigating Circumstances

Details of the mitigating circumstances regulations can be found here:


  1. Mitigating circumstances are defined by the University as circumstances which:
  1. are beyond the control of the student; and
  1. could not be reasonably accommodated by the student; and
  1. seriously impair the student‟s performance in assessment.

All three of these elements must be met before the University will make an allowance for the circumstances.

Details of the mitigating circumstances – you must describe what happened that you believe affected your academic performance. You should give as much detail as possible, including what happened to you, when it happened, what on-going effects it had and how it affected your academic work. The University will only consider what you submit on your form or attach to it – it will not seek further information from you or from others, e.g. your GP. It is your responsibility to provide at this point all the information that you want the University to take into account. If this request is unsuccessful, you cannot try again on the basis of additional information that is known to you now but which you did not include on this form.

Evidence – you must include documentary evidence from an authoritative third party (e.g. your GP, a student counsellor, etc.) of all the circumstances that you want the University to consider and, if possible, the impact that these had on you and your work. A claim is only considered complete when evidence has been provided or a statement given in lieu of evidence about why no evidence is available. Where this evidence is not in English you must provide an authorised translation.

In order to qualify for mitigating circumstances, a student must apply BEFORE the end of their 10 year eligibility period.

Students who contact us AFTER their 10 year eligibility period has expired can apply for mitigating circumstances but their claim is considered ‘late’.

You will need to provide:

  1. Evidence as to why your application is late i.e. this must cover the last day of submission period in which you were eligible to submit until the present time. You must explain and provide evidence of the reasons why you were late in contacting us, knowing that your 10 year eligibility period has already expired.

The Panel will first consider if the reasons & evidence provided for lateness are acceptable.

  1. Evidence of mitigating circumstances – see above for more information. Please note that although you have supplied a detailed email with multiple attachments, it is your responsibility to ensure that this information is re-submitted in your formal application.

Maximum Extension

All applications for mitigating circumstances are reviewed by an independent panel of staff outside of the BSc programme. The maximum extension awarded is one submission period.

ACCA Account Suspended

If a student applies for mitigating circumstances and their ACCA account is suspended AND their mitigating circumstances are then accepted, the student will need to rectify the suspension with ACCA prior to submitting a project. Please liaise direct with ACCA on

How to apply for Mitigating Circumstances

Please email to request a Mitigating Circumstances Form. Please quote your full name and ACCA number. Please state briefly why you think you qualify for mitigating circumstances. We will then email you with details of how to apply.

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