Variations in student appeal deadlines under the spotlight

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As thousands of students receive their final degree results, Which? is reminding students to check their university complaints and appeals policy before they find themselves out of time.

Which? research has found disparity between institutions over the timeframe within which students can appeal a degree grade.

The Which? snapshot looked at 20 universities’ appeals policies in England and Wales.

The shortest time in which to make an appeal was Swansea University at seven working days and the longest was Oxford University at three months.

The University of Birmingham had a pan-faculty deadline of the 1 July 2013 for appeals related to the 2012/2013 academic year.

Currently universities are allowed to set their own appeal deadlines as there is no guidance given in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) code.

Which? thinks the QAA should look into these variations to make sure students at universities with very short timescales are not disadvantaged.

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