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Academic appeals

Associate students, who are studying for awards of the University at partner institutions, may appeal to Ulster University, once they have exhausted the internal procedures of the institution at which they are enrolled. A candidate may appeal on the basis of procedural or other irregularity in the conduct of the original appeal at the institution only.

Associate students should be aware that this procedure does not allow for:

Challenges to the academic judgement of the examiners on your performance (ie marks cannot be appealed); or

Complaints about the delivery or management of a course after you have presented yourself for examination; you should raise such concerns through the University's complaints procedures at an earlier stage as soon as they arise.

You must use the SA3 form.

  • A statement will be submitted on behalf of the institution which made the original decision. The completed form will be considered by a Senior Officer (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Provost or Dean) who was not associated with the original decision.
  • If the Senior Officer agrees with the institution that a prima facie case does exist and both parties are agreed on the amendment to the original decision, it will not be necessary to convene a panel to investigate the case.
  • If the Senior Officer decides that there is a prima facie case, which requires investigation, a panel convened by the Senior Officer, accompanied by two members of staff not associated with the original decision, will investigate the alleged procedural or other irregularities. Students may choose to be interviewed at this point.
  • The panel, having considered all the evidence presented, will decide whether or not to uphold the appeal. If the appeal is upheld the matter is referred back to the institution for reconsideration of its original decision in the light of the panel's findings. If the appeal is not upheld the original decision of the Institution is reaffirmed and is final.