You will usually receive formal notification of the outcome of the panel’s consideration of your case within seven days of the meeting. The outcome letter will explain the reasons for the panel’s decision.
The outcome letter will also highlight the opportunity to request a review of the outcome of your appeal if:
- there is evidence of a procedural irregularity in the initial consideration of the appeal and / or
- there is evidence of eligibility of the appeal provided within the submission which it would appear has not been fully considered.
Appeal review requests
- If you feel that there are grounds for a review of a decision you must submit a request within 14 calendar days of the receipt of your outcome letter. Requests received after this time will not be considered.
- Requests for a review should be submitted to the Quality Office on email@example.com using the Appeal Review Request Form.
- You should include as much detail as possible to explain your reasons for requesting a review, alongside any evidence that supports your claims. Review requests that amount to an expression of dissatisfaction with the decision will not be considered.
- It is not usual for new evidence to be accepted or considered at this stage, as it is your responsibility when submitting your appeal form to ensure you provide all necessary evidence.
- Your request will be considered by a senior member of the Quality Office who will either decide whether sufficient grounds have been provided to refer your case to a new Appeal Panel or dismiss your request.
- A letter will be issued confirming the outcome of the review and the reasons for the decision.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)
You will also be issued with a 'Completion of Procedures Letter' and if you believe that the University’s appeal process has been conducted incorrectly or you feel that the outcome is unreasonable in relation to the evidence then you have the right to raise the matter for external and independent review by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).
The composition of an Appeals Panel is detailed under Regulations.
- It will consist of three members of the academic staff of the University, nominated by their College to serve on panels.
- No member of the panel will be from the department(s) in which you studied or will have had any other involvement with you.
- Administrative support to the Panel is provided by the Quality Office.
- Appeals by MBChB students are administered by the Director of Operations for the Life Sciences.
Students or their departments do not attend appeal panel meetings. Cases are considered on the basis of the documentation they have provided. This will include your appeal form and supporting documentation, a report from your School/Department and any comments received from you in response to the departmental response.