Mitigating Circumstances

Sometimes events or circumstances happen that are beyond our control and unfortunately sometimes these fall at inconvenient times, affecting assessments or examinations.

The Medical School recognises that students may suffer from an illness or other serious and unforeseen events or set of circumstances which may mean that they cannot attend an assessment, or if they do attend the assessment, that their performance may be sub-optimal. In such cases the mitigating circumstances procedures may be applied. These are designed to ensure the fair and consistent treatment of all students. Please refer to the 'Student Guidance for Mitigating Circumstances' document for all details about the procedure. 

There are strict deadlines in place for submissions for consideration (please see below). 
Dates will be posted on the Student Noticeboard in the Medical School and on Moodle and are available from Student Support.

Submissions of mitigation are considered by a Mitigating Circumstances Group whose members are not at that stage aware of the results of the assessment.  The group meets before each meeting of the Board of Examiners and consider the evidence provided and decide whether to accept the mitigation.  You must understand that mitigation can never change the grade you are awarded for an assessment, only the consequences of that grade for your progression.  

Mitigating Circumstances forms can be found below or under our Useful Forms section (on the right side of this page)

Your completed MC forms with personal tutor/pastoral forms and independent evidence should be emailed to:


Where relevant, students must submit Mitigating Circumstances (MC) forms with evidence before the start time of any exam/assessment. 

All foreseen events must be submitted before the assessment date and at the very latest by the deadline below for review by the Mitigating Circumstances Committee. If they are submitted late; come without evidence or are trivial, they will not be viewed positively and possibly not at all.

Should unforeseen events happen on the day or very close to the time of the assessment, forms should be submitted immediately after the exam/assessment to meet the deadline below and the Student Support team alerted to the problem. 

It is the student's responsibility to provide all the relevant documentation (e.g. Student Notification Form/Personal Tutor/Pastoral Form and supporting evidence) to meet the deadline. 

Please note, the deadline dates are subject to change depending on the date of the Exam Board. 

ETA   Deadline for submission
ETA 1/2   9am, 3rd September 2020
ETA 3  9am, 4th December 2020
QE  9am, 28th January 2021

ETA  Deadline for submission
ETA 4/5  9am, 7th September 2020
ETA 6  9am, 18th December 2020
QE  9am, 15th February 2021

Examination   Deadline for submission
IPE QE  9am, 5th October 2020

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