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Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances

During your studies you may have serious personal, medical or family problems that are outside your control and are affecting your ability to perform in an assessment/examination to your full potential or to complete an assignment by the set deadline. If you believe that this is happening to you, then it is your responsibility to let your School know as soon as possible.

Where this occurs the University will provide appropriate support and, depending on the nature of the problem, you can apply for an Extension to an assignment submission date and/or apply for Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) to be taken into account.



Where you have a temporary unexpected circumstance that means you are unable to complete a particular assignment on time you may apply for an extension FOR UP TO 10 WORKING DAYS.

Examples of unexpected circumstances may include short-term illness, caring for a sick relative or unexpected personal difficulties. You should complete and submit an extension request form (below) to your School. You do not need to provide evidence to support your request for an extension but you do need to include:

1) a clear statement about what has happened;
2) information about how this has affected you;
3) the number of additional days requested to enable you to complete the assignment.

You must submit the request before the submission date. Extensions cannot be given retrospectively. You will be told whether the extension has been granted and advised of the new submission date, normally within one working day of your request. If your request is refused you must complete your assignment by the original submission date.

Extenuating Circumstances

Find out more about Extenuating Circumstances here

Extension Request Form

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