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Essential coronavirus info
We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) are defined as circumstances which are unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond your control, and which may have affected your ability to meet an assessment deadline or the level of your performance at assessment. If you are having difficulties, you may be able to submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim.

The new academic year begins on 19 October 2020  and course teams have been working hard to deliver course content in a blended way . This will mean access for all students to on-site facilities as well as online learning, giving the richest experience possible. Students are expected to attend their in-person sessions.

The University will make allowances for circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic which impacts a student's ability to study in-person. This includes travel restrictions, delays to your visa application, quarantine measures or concerns and anxieties about travelling to the UK. When you make your extenuating circumstances application, you will be asked to clearly demonstrate why you are unable to attend in-person.

To make an extenuating circumstances application you must as a minimum have completed the online registration step of enrolment, and have received an email from us confirming this. The subject of the email will say ‘You have completed your online registration’. You do not have to wait until you are conditionally enrolled or fully enrolled to make an extenuating circumstances application

Students should apply for Extenuating Circumstances via the Student Portal - by logging in and selecting the EC option from the 'My Assessments' tab.

2020/21 Extenuating Circumstances Regulations

Extenuating Circumstances Regulations 2020-21 (PDF 72KB)

These regulations are applicable for all units that begin from October 2020 onward

How to make a claim


Please read the guidance document before submitting your EC claim. Students should apply for Extenuating Circumstances via the Student Portal - by logging in and selecting the EC option from the 'My Assessments' tab. 

If you are experiencing problems submitting your Extenuating Circumstance via the student portal you can download the Extenuating Circumstances Claim Form 20-21 below and once completed, submit it to the EC address of your College:

You will receive an automated response to confirm receipt and will be updated in due course.

Requesting time out from your studies


You may be able to take time out from your studies under certain circumstances but you should consult the guidance below as there are some restrictions: