This section is designed to help you to understand the University Regulations on Academic Appeals and to help you to decide whether you have grounds for appealing.
To view the university regulations please follow the link here
If you believe that you have been given a lower mark than you deserved you may wish to appeal however the grounds for appealing are very limited and you will need evidence to support your appeal.
If you would like advice on making an appeal, for example help in identifying whether you have grounds, advice on the process or assistance in setting out your appeal, you can contact Brookes Union Advice Service (BUAS).
Please click on 'Show more' next to the relevant section to learn more about making an appeal.
Before you begin:
Students may only appeal a decision of an Examination Committee. This means that you can only appeal once your marks have been published on PIP or, if your marks are not published on PIP, you have been formally notified of the mark.
If you are dissatisfied with the mark that you were awarded for your work, you should first ask for feedback from the marker. You can also ask to see your assignment or exam paper and mark sheet. This should help you to understand why you were awarded that mark and may also serve as evidence if you do have grounds for appeal.
The grounds under which you may appeal are very limited (see later).
Reasons that cannot be accepted as the basis of an appeal:
Grounds for appealing
Set out below are the the only grounds under which you can appeal. We have added some guidance underneath each ground
Making the appeal
All appeals must be made on a complaints and appeals form which you can download from the Brookes website by following this link. Please note that students at partner colleges should complete the Collaborative Provision appeals form which you can download from this web page
Be aware that there is a two month time limit on making an appeal. This time limit runs from the date your mark is published, either on PIP or elsewhere. It is important that you make your appeal within the time limit. If you miss it, your appeal will not be considered unless you have a very good reason for the delay. If you know that you will not be able to present your appeal within the time limit you must write to the Student Disputes Officer (SDO) to set out exactly why you cannot make your appeal within the time limit. You must show that the delay is due to reasons beyond your control and you must provide evidence to support your reasons. The SDO will respond with a decision and instructions on what you must do next.
The form is used for both complaints and appeals so you will need to tick the relevant box to show your dispute is an appeal. If you would like your dispute to be dealt with as both an appeal and a complaint you can tick both boxes and the SDO will decide whether it should go down one route or both. You will be informed of the decision within the normal timescale.
There are three main sections to complete on the form:
Processing your appeal
Taking the matter further:
Frequently asked questions