Extenuating Circumstances

We know that sometimes your deadlines can be real monsters, especially if you are hit by severe unexpected circumstances. Your work could be seriously affected – and might even turn into an academic offence! And no-one wants that. So don’t let this be you and make sure you know the facts about extensions and deferrals.

University rules allow you to ask for more time on your deadlines, be that an coursework extension or an exam deferral but you must do it before it’s too late.

Get advice on the deadlines you need to meet and defeat those monsters!

This leaflet runs through the University’s extension process as well as detailing the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.

We can help with advice about deferrals, extensions and Extenuating Circumstances applications. We can check your form, give advice as to your statement and tell you what sort of evidence to submit. You should attach any written evidence you have which supports your case to your form. Make sure that the paperwork you include is relevant and crucial to your case.

It is extremely important that you submit your Extenuating Circumstances application by the required deadline. The University sets strict deadlines which you must meet to get your application considered. If you submit late, the University will not accept your application and you will miss out on applying for deferrals.


Seek advice from your advice centre as to when the deadlines are for coursework as each faculty set their own deadline.


If your extenuating circumstances are known before the examinations, your request for deferral must be received by the end of formal teaching. 

End of Session Examinations

Friday 29 April 2016 - for circumstances known before the examinations.

Friday 27 May 2016 - for circumstances not known before the examinations. Forms wil not be accepted after this date.

Reassessment Period

Friday 26 August 2016 - reassessment period deadline. Forms will not be accepted after this date.

Please note forms will not be accepted after this date.

Postgraduate students should make contact with their Faculty Office to discover the relevant deadlines for Extenuating Circumstances applications.

Have a look at our guide to extensions and deferrals.

Need more help? Get advice and support from us at DSU Welfare.