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Authorised Absence

Information correct as of April 2021. You are advised to contact the Students’ Union Advice Service for advice specific to your circumstances before taking any action. If you find any broken links please let us know as links may change without us being notified.

Academic Advice

What Counts As Authorised Absence?

The University accepts that there are circumstances in which you are formally required to perform or attend e.g. a civic or legal duty and that this may prevent you from attending an examination or assessment.

The University gives examples of acceptable reasons for requesting Authorised Absence which include Jury Service; Court proceedings or Interviews with Government Officials.

Why Should You Apply?

If you fail to attend an examination/meet an assessment requirement without permission then will be as a nonattendance/submission and you will be awarded a mark of 0%. You are likely to be granted a single re-sit opportunity but the mark for this will attract a penalty cap. However if Authorised Absence is granted you will be given the opportunity to re-sit/submit as a ‘first attempt’ with no penalty cap.

If you request permission in good time it is likely that you will know the outcome of your Authorised Absence request in advance and can plan accordingly.

How To Request Authorised Absence

Apply for Authorised Absence here

Your form will sent through to your Course Administration team for consideration by the designated member of Academic Staff within the School


Checking Your Statement

The Students’ Union Advice Service can check your statement to provide feedback.

We will aim to get back to you with feedback normally within 24hrs on a working day. Make sure you send any drafts to us for feedback well in advance of your deadline.

Important information

  • Your request must be submitted no later than the date of the affected assessment(s).
  • Early application will ensure that a decision can be made in good time.
  • You should receive a response within two to three working days.
  • Please contact the Students’ Union Advice Service if you are having problems with the procedure.

Contact the Advice Service