Student Administration

Extensions and Special Circumstances Service

Welcome to the Extensions and Special Circumstances service!

Please note

System Downtime

The ESC system is down due to planned maintanance. The sytem is expected to be down until 5pm today, 4th Oct 2022.

We want to hear from you- Student Experience Survey

Help us improve our service by sharing your own experience of applying for an extension and/or special circumsatnces during the past academic year 2021/22.  Click here to access the survey. The survey closes on Friday, 7th October 2022. Thank you!

Processing update

We are within the turnaround of 2 working days for extensions, and 5 working days for special circumstances applications.

Get the right support

Extension Special circumstances Learning adjustments

For when you require a short amount of extra time to complete an assessment.  

  • Please make sure you complete step two of the application. The revised due date on the course selection screen is informational only. You must submit your selection before any official due date can be given. For more information please visit our 'Applying for support' page. 

For when an adverse situation has significantly impacted your ability to complete an assessment and may have resulted in underperformance.

  • The Board of Examiners usually meets 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester, but can also be much later. For semester one courses, this usually takes place in January, and for semester two courses, this usually takes place in June. Once the Board of Examiners has made a decision and your course mark has been published, you will be able to view the outcome through 'My Applications' in the Assessment Support tool. 

For when you have a registered learning adjustment with Disability and Learning Support Service that permits extra time on submissions and you'd like to access your extra time. 

  • Learning adjustments are requested through the Extra Time Adjustment Tool. Please familiarise yourself with the new process below.
  • Learning adjustments requested via the Assessment Support Tool will be rejected. 

Apply for an extension

Applying for support (guidance)

Apply for special circumstances

Applying for support (guidance)

Apply a learning adjustment to an assessment

Not sure what to apply for? Please review your options in the guide below: 


Information for Students

A comprehensive resource of guidance to help you use the new Assessment Support tool and how it can help you during difficult times.

Information for Staff (secured)

How to effectively support students applying for an extension or special circumstances, and what the changes in the process mean for your role.

Special circumstances deadlines

Find out your School deadline for submitting your application.

Useful Contacts

Contact your local student support team, university pastoral services, or external helplines.

Meet the Team

Meet the Extensions and Special Circumstances Team.

Report a technical issue (secured)

Should you experience a technical issue with the Assessment Support tool, please let us know by completing this form.

ESC review (secured)

The purpose, approach and timeline for the Extensions and Special Circumstances (ESC) review 2021/22.

Experiencing a technical issue with the Assessment Support tool? Let us know about it:  Report a technical issue (secured)