Mitigating Circumstances


What are Mitigating Circumstances?


The University defines Mitigating Circumstances as:

  • Circumstances that are acute, severe, unforeseen and outside a student’s control 

  • Circumstances which occur immediately before or during the assessment period and have a significant impact on your studies

Mitigating circumstances can prevent you from performing to the best of your ability in your academic assessments. This includes coursework, exams and placements that are assessed.


Some examples of mitigating circumstances are:

  • Serious ill health or injury, including physical or mental health

  • Bereavement or serious illness of a close family member or friend

  • Serious housing, family or financial problems

  • Technical or IT issues affecting your exams or coursework

  • Absence due to responsibilities like jury service


Some situations are NOT normally accepted as mitigating circumstances, such as:

  • Planned or expected events e.g., moving house, holidays and weddings

  • Assessments being close together or misreading your exam timetable

  • Undiagnosed illnesses such as exam stress or panic attacks

    not supported by medical evidence



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