Academic appeals

Guidance to note

The Ravensbourne academic appeals procedure is provided for appeals against the decisions of the final assessment board of the academic year in July (as well as subsequent retrievals assessment boards). 

The decisions of Interim Assessment Boards held in-year are provisional until ratified by the final assessment board. Appeal submissions may only be made after they are ratified by the final assessment board.

Stage 1 Appeal This should be submitted within 15 working days of the date of the letter notifying you of the results of the Final Exam Board.
Grounds for appeal


a) Material Irregularity - where the university has made an error which had an impact on your assessment and the grade you received. This includes where you have not received the agreed level of support for your disability. Examples of material irregularity would be where a grade was calculated wrongly, or a submission deadline changed without proper notice. Appeal submissions cannot be processed without supporting evidence.

b) Extenuating Circumstances, which for valid reasons, were not made known to the exam board before your assessment. Usually these are dealt with through the Extenuating Circumstances Procedure, and so if you are claiming extenuating circumstances after your assessment as grounds for appeal, you will need to explain why you were not able to tell us at the time. Evidence for extenuating circumstances could include a doctor's certificate for illness, or a death certificate if someone in your immediate family passes away. Appeal submissions cannot be processed without supporting evidence.

Not grounds for appeal Including: disagreement with the academic judgement of marking tutor(s); specifically, disagreements on grades awarded.
Stage 2 Appeal

Should your appeal not be upheld at stage 1 you may be able to request a review of the decision if one of the following applies:


  1. that there is new evidence which may have led to a different Assessment Board decision and which was not considered at Stage One of the appeal
  2. that there was a material irregularity in the process of investigating the appeal at Stage One

This appeal should be submitted within 10 working days of the Stage 1 outcome letter



Stage 1 appeals form

The online appeal submission form for 2020-21 can be found hereAny related enquiries should be sent to [email protected]

Download the Ravensbourne Appeals Procedure

Students enrolled on UAL courses

Appeals from students enrolled on UAL courses should follow the link below for information and for a link to the UAL Stage 1 Appeal Form.

UAL Appeals procedure and guidance

The completed form should be sent to [email protected]