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Making an Appeal

Appeals in respect of results should be made in writing to Ian Lamey, Examinations & Assessments Manager (il2@soas.ac.uk) within 3 weeks of release of results (with the exception of appeals following Late Summer re-assessment, please see deadline below). Please do not send any appeals regarding results to the Director of Student & Registry Services.

Appeals received before the release of confirmed results will not be considered.

Appeals made after the deadline will only be accepted if there is compelling evidence why the appeal could not have been made earlier.

Deadlines for appeals (2013-2014):

Postgraduate students eligible for December award or studying on a part-time basis, for appeals in respect of dissertation and/ or overall award: 6 January 2015

Deadlines for appeals (2014-2015):
  • Undergraduate Finalists: 24 July 2015
  • Undergraduate Non Finalists: 3 August 2015
  • Undergraduate Non Finalists following late summer re-entry: 17 September 2015
  • Postgraduate students eligible for July award, in respect of taught courses, dissertation and/ or overall award: 27 July 2015
  • Postgraduate students eligible for December award or studying on a part-time basis, for appeals:
    • in respect of taught courses: 24 August 2015
    • in respect of dissertation and/ or overall award: 4 January 2016

Before you consider making an appeal, please note:

  • There is no procedure for the consideration of appeals against the academic judgement of examiners i.e. because you disagree with a mark. The School has procedures for double marking and scrutiny by external examiners. Appeals against the academic judgment of examiners will not be accepted, nor will requests that work should be re-marked.
  • If you wish to query any element marks (i.e. an essay or exam mark), you may ask for a clerical check by contacting your Faculty Office. This means that they will check that your element mark has been correctly recorded. Please note that this process may take up to 3 weeks. 
  • If you wish to query deductions for late submission, please provide your Faculty Office with copy of your receipt and/ or copy of any evidence submitted with your late submission form.
Appeals can be made only on the grounds of
  • An allegation of irregularity in the conduct of an examination or assessment or of administrative error.
  • Presentation of new evidence of circumstances which may have adversely affected a candidate's performance. 
Appeals should include
  • A covering letter explaining the reason(s) for the appeal, including relevant dates and details of affected assessments.
  • Evidence of the circumstances described e.g. doctor's note.

In the first instance, the Examinations and Assessments Manager will consider the appeal and will consult appropriate staff members e.g. the Chair of relevant Sub-board of Examiners, Programme Convenor. A decision will be made as soon as is practicable.