Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Academic appeals

An academic appeal is a request for a decision made by a Board of Examiners to be reconsidered in relation to marks, progression, degree classification or degree award

The University of Edinburgh is committed to maintaining an effective procedure to allow all members of its community to make legitimate appeals.

What are the grounds for an academic appeal?

An academic appeal is a request for a decision made by the Board of Examiners to be reconsidered. There are two grounds on which an appeal can be made:

  1. There was substantial information directly relevant to the quality of performance in the examination which for good reason was not available to the examiners when their decision was taken.
  2. There was alleged irregular procedure or improper conduct of an examination.  For this purpose “conduct of an examination” includes conduct of a meeting of the Board of Examiners.

Academic Services

The University’s academic appeals system is managed by Academic Services, who provide detailed guidance for undergraduate students who are considering making an appeal.

Read the regulations for student Appeals on the Academic Services website

Considering an appeal?

If you are considering an appeal you should discuss this with your Personal Tutor or the Director of the BMTO in the first instance.  If there are genuine grounds for an appeal it is often possible to bypass the formal procedures.  If you do decide to make an appeal, you are strongly encouraged to get advice from Edinburgh University Students' Association.

Related links

Advice on academic appeals from Edinburgh University Students' Association