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
The University gives examples of acceptable reasons for requesting Authorised Absence which include Jury Service; Court proceedings or Interviews with Government Officials.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the Students’ Union Advice Service will be able to advise you on your particular circumstances.
If you fail to attend an examination/meet an
assessment requirement without permission then
your Academic record will record this as a nonattendance/submission. You are likely to be granted
a single re-sit opportunity but the mark for this will
attract a penalty cap. If permission is granted you
will be given the opportunity to re-sit/submit as a
‘first attempt’ with no penalty.
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.
Please note that the above advice does not take account of individual circumstances that may apply. Contact the SU Advice Service for further information.
You are required to complete the University’s
Request form giving as much detail as possible
and attaching relevant supporting evidence.
The completed form should be submitted to your Student Administration Office for consideration by the ‘designated’ member of academic staff within the School.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers a draft
form checking service. You can send your draft
for review by email to:
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.