Academic Services

Special Circumstances explained

Special Circumstances will be considered where they are exceptional for the individual student, beyond their control, and where there is evidence that they have negatively affected their performance in assessment.

University definition of special circumstances

The Special Circumstances procedure may be appropriate where a circumstance beyond a student’s control has negatively affected their ability to perform or complete a University assessment (for example coursework, examination). 

Personal Tutors and Student Support staff offer support to students in requesting consideration of their circumstances by the Board of Examiners for their course or programme. The Board of Examiners will consider whether there is an appropriate response they can make to the circumstances.

Examples of special circumstances situations

Special circumstances will often relate to significant health issues, or severe personal circumstances, such as bereavement. The Special Circumstances Policy (2.2-2.3) contains more details of the types of circumstances which are and are not likely to be accepted.

Special circumstances and long-term health conditions

The University provides support to students who suffer from long-term or chronic mental or physical health conditions by putting in place a ‘Learning Profile’. This includes details of the reasonable adjustments to be made to support the student’s study and assessment.

Students are expected to contact the Student Disability Service to discuss any adjustments they may need.

Student Disability Service

Special Circumstances procedure