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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.

2019/20 Extenuating Circumstances Regulations

Extenuating Circumstances and Time Out Regulations 19-20 (PDF 176KB)

How to make a claim


Please read the guidance document before submitting your EC claim. From October 2019, students will have the option to apply for Extenuating Circumstances via the Student Portal - by logging in and selecting the EC option from the 'My Assessments' tab - or using the form below. When requesting supporting evidence from a medical practitioner please download the guidance document and take it with you to your appointment. It helps make clear what details are required to support an application:

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: