Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Special Circumstances

There are many factors which can have an impact on a student's academic performance. If you feel that something beyond your control is having a negative effect on your studies, you should let us know.

These pages tell you what you should do if your academic performance has been affected by illness, accident or circumstances beyond your control. We advise you of your responsibilities as students and what evidence you need to supply.

Documents and Guidance

Academic Services provides the University's Special Circumstances policy and the Special Circumstance form. If you are experiencing circumstances which are affecting your studies, please complete this form and return it to your Personal Tutor when you meet with them to discuss your situation.

Special Circumstances policy and form

Your responsibilities

The BMTO and the University expect full engagement with all degree programme teaching and learning activities by all students (lectures, practical classes, tutorials and other formal course components).

What to do

If you are absent from classes for more than 7 days, through prolonged illness or for personal reasons, then you must inform your Personal Tutor and, if you wish to submit special circumstances documentation, obtain a medical or other certificate as supporting evidence.

Evidence and supporting documents

When considering a request most weight will be given to corroborating evidence supplied by an independent third party e.g. a doctor’s certificate in the case of illness.

Deadlines for submission of forms

A Special Circumstance can be defined as an event that is beyond the control of the student which has the potential to adversely impact on academic performance.

What happens next?

Students will be sent an email by the BMTO to let them know when their Special Circumstances form has been received.

Undergraduate support

Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO)

  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Doorway 3
Medical School
Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9AG

 Postgraduate support

Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO)

  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details

Address

Street

Doorway 3
Medical School
Teviot Place
Edinburgh

Post Code
EH8 9AG