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Marking delays: What to do if you are waiting for results from your current university

Students at UK universities are currently experiencing delays receiving degree results, due to UCU industrial action. We have created guidance on what to do if you have an offer from us and you are affected.

We understand that UCU industrial action may prevent you from providing evidence to support your application by the deadline you have been given.  

We want to make sure that: 

  • disruption does not extend to your application to study at the University of Edinburgh 
  • you have our support in relation to the impact the industrial action may have on you and your success within your chosen programme of study 

We want to work with all our applicants to ensure that they have the right balance of knowledge and skills to best equip them for success in their chosen programme.  

Who is this guidance for? 

This guidance is for applicants to: 

  • graduate entry undergraduate programmes  

  • postgraduate masters programmes 

If you require a visa to study in the UK 

If you are progressing from one course to another, or to a higher level of studies, you must meet UK Visas and Immigration's (UKVI) academic progression rule to be able to apply for your next student visa from within the UK. This application must be made before the expiry of your current student visa permission. 

Academic progression guidance from our Student Immigration Service 

To apply for your next student visa, you must have been successfully awarded your most recent qualification.  

If you are unable to make your visa application from within the UK due to the impact of the marking and assessment boycott, there are no concessions available. You will be required to return to your home country and obtain another student visa from outside the UK before starting your new programme. This is a condition of UKVI

What to do if you are waiting for your degree result 

If you have not received your degree award and/or classification and cannot fulfil your conditions by the deadline given (31 August if no deadline is specified), your place at the University of Edinburgh can still be confirmed. 

If your offer conditions have been set solely by the University of Edinburgh, and do not include requirements from an external body, we can confirm your place on the basis of: 

  1. your existing application, including references and available transcripts 
  2. a supplementary letter from your current university 

This supplementary letter should: 

  • confirm you have completed your studies 
  • display the courses and marks you achieved for completed courses  
  • indicate courses where marks have been delayed 
  • be sent from an official university system or email account, or in the form of a scanned official, signed letter 

Any new information contained in this letter, such as grades not available at the time of application, will be used to inform the confirmation decision.  

If your offer conditions include external requirements not set by the University

If your offer conditions include requirements set by professional and/or funding bodies external to the University, we will make an individual assessment on whether the existing evidence in your application is sufficient. 

We are currently exploring what this means for sponsored students already in the UK seeking a new Student visa for a new programme, including for those applicants who require an ATAS certificate. We will publish further information on this page as soon as this becomes available. 

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) information on our Student Immigration Service website  

After your offer is confirmed 

Once your offer has been confirmed, you will be allocated an accommodation place, if you have applied for one. 

When you receive your remaining marks, you must send us your final degree result.

If you are submitting your degree result before the start of the academic year, you should upload the document to the Applicant Hub. 

Upload your final degree result to the Applicant Hub in MyEd

Guidance on uploading documents 

If you are submitting your degree result after the start of the academic year and you no longer have access to the Applicant Hub, you should use our enquiry form instead. 

Send us your final degree degree result via our enquiry form 

If your final marks do not meet our conditions 

If your place has already been confirmed and your final marks do not meet the conditions set, your place will not be withdrawn.  

However, if your marks suggest that you may not be successful on your programme of study, we will discuss this with you. You can still decide to continue or you can decide to withdraw.  

If you decide to withdraw, you will receive a refund for: 

  • tuition fees for any study already completed 

  • any fees paid in advance of study after the date of withdrawal 

What to do if you have to extend your current degree 

If you have been unable to meet all of your learning outcomes due to the industrial action, your current university may require you to return for another academic year to complete your degree. 

In this case, you may be able to defer your offer at the University of Edinburgh to the next start date. Your current university will be able to inform you whether you have completed your learning outcomes, if you are not sure.  

Requesting a deferral from the University of Edinburgh 

Deferred places are limited, so you must start the process as soon as possible. 

You will need to provide a letter from your current university confirming that you have not been able to meet your learning outcomes this year.  

Use our enquiry form to contact Admissions as soon as possible, making sure that you do the following: 

  1. Select “My Current Application” from the first dropdown. 
  2. Enter “Deferral Request – Industrial Action” for the title of your question. 
  3. Explain that you need to defer and that you are attaching a letter in support of your request.
  4. Include the title of the programme you plan to study at Edinburgh. 
  5. Attach the letter from your current university at the bottom of the form. 

Request a deferral via our enquiry form 

We will consider requests as we receive them. If you are granted a deferral, this means that your offer for the current academic year will be withdrawn. It may not be possible to reinstate this offer if you later change your mind. 

What to do if you are appealing results with your current university 

If you have not met the conditions of your offer and you are appealing your degree results with your current university, the outcome of the appeal may have been delayed by industrial action.

If this is the case, and your appeal has not been resolved by the deadline for meeting your conditions, you may be given a place prior to the appeal outcome.  

Once the outcome of your appeal is known, you must contact Admissions via our enquiry form with the result.  

When you complete the enquiry form, make sure you do the following: 

  1. Select “My Current Application” from the first dropdown. 
  2. Enter “Results of Grade Appeal – Industrial Action” for the title of your question. 
  3. Tell us the results of your appeal, and your final degree result.
  4. Include the title of the programme you plan to study at Edinburgh. 

Notify Admissions of your appeal outcome via our enquiry form 

If the outcome of the appeal means that your marks still do not meet the conditions of your offer, you may be withdrawn from the programme. 

If you are withdrawn, you will receive a refund for: 

  • tuition fees for any study already completed 

  • any fees paid in advance of study after the date of withdrawal 

Any other questions or concerns? 

Get in touch using our postgraduate enquiry form. 

Contact us via our enquiry form