Extenuating Circumstances

If something arises that is unforeseen and short term, and means you are unable to attend University or submit assessments, you may be eligible for Extenuating Circumstances.

There are two types of extenuating Circumstances requests you can make. A late submission, or a deferral. A late submission request will allow you to submit an assessment up to five working days after the original deadline, with no penalty.

A deferred submission will allow you to submit an assessment at the next available opportunity, with no penalty.

The University’s guidance on submitting an Extenuating Circumstances application can be found HERE


  • The most important part of submitting an Extenuating Circumstances request is gathering evidence. 
  • Be aware that some GPs and Hospitals will not complete the University form as they have their own process. Make sure the documents you are provided stipulate:
    • The date and time you were diagnosed
    • The evidence is on letter-headed paper or caries an official stamp
    • The period for which you are unable to work is clearly stipulated, with dates.
  • It is vitally important that if you are requesting a deferral you do not submit any work. If you submit work before the deadline or during the late period EC will not be granted.


First Five Steps

  1. Read and understand the University’s Extenuating Circumstances process. Make sure the reason for which you are applying is covered by the process.
  2. Decide whether you would like to apply for an extension or a deferral.
  3. Begin to gather evidence. Remember that medical evidence may come with a waiting time.
  4. Book an appointment with the Advice Service for support with preparation, evidence gathering, and at any meetings you may attend.
  5. If the Extenuating Circumstances for which you are applying is causing significant stress, you can visit Students’ 1st for pastoral and welfare support.


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