Academic Appeals

An academic appeal can be raised where you believe that the Board of Examiners, Mitigating Circumstances or marking and moderation process has not been followed the College policies and procedures.

Please note:

  • Appeals can only be made once official results have been issued by the Registry.
  • Appeals cannot be made on academic grounds: it is not possible to appeal your results because you feel that you did better than the marks you have received suggest. This is called ‘Academic Judgement’.
  • Appeals cannot be based on dissatisfaction with academic provision: if you have a complaint relating to academic provision, you need to raise this no later than three weeks before the examination or assessment affected takes place. Please see Student complaints guidance to students [pdf] for more information. 

All appeals should be submitted on the appeal form to the casework administrator through student.appeals@imperial.ac.uk. An Academic appeals must be raised within 20 working days of the official notification of your results.

If you have a concern about your result, for example you did not understand how your classification has been agreed, you should contact the department as soon as possible. They may be able to explain the process to your satisfaction which would mean that you do not need to raise a formal appeal.

If you believe that there has been an error in the adding up of your marks, you may request an Arithmetical Mark Check. This in a check to confirm that there has been no administrative error in the addition of your marks. Please note that this is not a re-mark. You must request a marks check with your department Administrative Team within 10 working days of the official notification of results.

The process for raising an appeal can be found at the Academic Governance website. The grounds on which you may raise an appeal are:

  1. that there has been a material procedural irregularity in the conduct of the assessment or the consideration of the student’s academic profile, i.e. that the College has not followed its own procedures; that there has been a material procedural irregularity in the conduct of the mitigating circumstances procedure;
  2. that there has been a material procedural irregularity in the conduct of the mitigating circumstances procedure;
  3. that there is evidence of procedural unfairness in the conduct of the assessment or the mitigating circumstances procedure.
  4. a request for the consideration of late mitigating circumstances (during academic year 2017/2018 only)


Appeals against withdrawals for unsatisfactory progress

Where you have been withdrawn for unsatisfactory progress, you feel that you have grounds to appeal this decision.

The procedure is available at Appeals against withdrawals. An appeal must be raised within one month of being informed of the decision that you are being withdrawn.

More information

A full list of complaints and appeal procedures are available on the Complaints, appeals and discipline webpage. The regulations in force will be the ones current at the time the appeal is made. Further information, support and guidance can be found at the Academic Governance website as above. You are strongly encouraged to seek support and guidance if you are considering making an appeal, such as from the Imperial College Union Advice Centre or your personal tutor.