Academic Services

Special Circumstances evidence requirements

Guidance on types of documents to provide as evidence for a special circumstances application.

Some types of evidence will carry greater weight than others in consideration by the Board of Examiners. The Special Circumstances Policy includes details of types of evidence which are likely or unlikely to be accepted (6.2-6.3).

The most useful types of evidence are usually independent assessments from a relevant professional (for example, a doctor or counsellor), who met with the student during or immediately after the time of the circumstances, or other University staff or third parties who directly witnessed the circumstances.

If students have registered with and attended the University's Student Counselling Service, the service may be able to provide evidence for special circumstances.

Student Counselling Service provision of special circumstances evidence

The Board of Examiners will consider what evidence it was reasonable to obtain in relation to the circumstances.