Exam and assessment appeals

See if you’re eligible to appeal an assessment outcome and the process you’ll need to go through.

Academic appeals

An academic appeal allows you to raise a concern about the outcome of an assessment.

This is different from a complaint, which you would raise if you were dissatisfied with an aspect of your time at Sussex.

What you can appeal

You may request an appeal in the following situations:

  • circumstances the exam board was not aware of at the time, and which could not reasonably have been disclosed when it made its decision
  • an error or irregularity that has a material impact on the outcome
  • evidence of bias or prejudice during the assessment process.

When to appeal

You must appeal within 21 days of getting your exam board results.

These are released to you through Sussex Direct after being confirmed by the exam board.

This happens at different times during the academic year in relation to results from term 1, term 2 and following resits.


If you’re studying a taught course, this table outlines when your final results are released through Sussex Direct and the corresponding appeal deadlines.

Time of year and level of studyFinal results 2020Appeal deadlines 2020
Semester 1 for undergraduates 16 March 6 April
Semester 1 for Masters students 16 March 6 April
Semester 2 and end-of-year for undergraduate finalists 24 June 15 July
Semester 2 and end-of-year for progressing undergraduates 13 July 3 August
Semester 2 for Masters students 22 July 12 August
Resits for undergraduates 10 September 1 October
Resits and end-of-year for Masters students 21 October 11 November

If you’re a research student, see information about your progession through a research degree.

Marking and assessment errors

If you think there has been an error in the way your work has been assessed, tell your School as soon as possible, before your exam board meets.

If we accept an error has occurred, it can often be corrected without going through the formal appeals process.

However, if the issue comes down to academic judgment, you should ask for feedback from your School explaining the basis of your mark.

What you cannot appeal

You cannot appeal against:

  • a matter of academic judgment, such as a specific mark awarded to you
  • an award or progression outcome on the basis of personal mitigating circumstances
  • a decision, and seek a remedy that is not consistent with our assessment rules and regulations.

See the full list of reasons why any kind of appeal may be rejected.

If your appeal is successful

The main remedies available to you are:

  • another attempt at the assessment – normally a resit for a capped marked or a sit for an uncapped mark, or a repeat of the whole year
  • the uncapping of a mark for a resit already offered to you – usually if you were unwell the first time you took the assessment.

How to make an appeal

You need to complete an initial appeal form to check your eligibility.


Check our full list of submission requirements if you need clarification.

After your submission

We will get back to you after you have submitted your appeal request.

We will either:

  • advise you that your appeal can be accepted, based on what you’ve told us
  • ask for more information from you or University staff, depending on your circumstances
  • advise you if you have no valid grounds for an appeal.