Under Pressure

image of student working at a computer Under Pressure Campaign

Under Pressure?

Assessments can make life very stressful.

In addition to assignment deadlines and revision, unexpected illness or family circumstances have a way of creeping up unannounced, adding to the pressure at the most inopportune time.

Under Pressure is a campaign designed to raise awareness of the provisions available to you if your studies are negatively affected by health or personal problems.

PEC Forms

A Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) Form can be used in those unfortunate situations when a health or personal problem begins to affect your academic performance.

There is no strict list of what is appropriate, though a general rule of thumb is that it be unforeseen and out of your control. To make things a bit easier to digest, here is our PEC Form checklist:

  • Circumstances should be unforeseen and out of your control
  • PEC forms are not to be used for trivial problems such as lateness or faulty printers
  • You can submit a PEC form on the S3P Student Portal: https://s3p.ncl.ac.uk/login/welcome.aspx
  • You’ll usually need third-party evidence to support your form such as a doctor’s note
  • A successful PEC form will not change your marks but will often result in an extension or board of examiners discretion. You will also sometimes be given an additional resit attempt.
  • You’ll have to submit your PEC form as soon as you become aware of the problem affecting your work – and before your results are decided.

For more information and assistance, we’d like to welcome you to a book an appointment with the SAC to learn more: https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/sac/

Academic Appeals

The appeals process differs from PEC as an appeal can only be applied once you receive your marks.

If you feel as though your grade does not take everything into account – either the Personal Extenuating Circumstances mentioned above or events that affected you on the day – then an appeal is the way forward. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • This can only be processed after you receive your marks
  • An Academic Appeal is much less likely to be successful than a PEC form at the time
  • You can appeal on the grounds of personal extenuating circumstances, procedural irregularity or bias
  • You can’t appeal because you think the mark is harsh or you’re not happy with the outcome
  • You have 14 days from the date of the decision to write to your school via letter or email
  • If you are dissatisfied with the response, you will then have 21 days from this date to complete an Academic Appeal
  • Still dissatisfied? You have 14 days from the date of your appeal outcome to ask for a review

Still unsure about how it works? Visit the SAC for more information here: https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/sac/

 

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