When preparing an appeal you should state clearly:
the decision against which you are appealing; and
the grounds (or basis) of your appeal.
Be as specific as possible about the details and/or circumstances relating to your appeal.
You should make every effort to ‘back up’ what you say by providing documentary evidence relevant to your appeal, and referring to this evidence within your appeal statement.
Do not rely on just stating what happened or what changed. It is not normally sufficient for you to claim the existence of certain circumstances, or communications without providing supporting evidence which verifies your claims.
Generally, the University will not act on a decision until the outcome of an appeal is known, although there may be some cases where this is not possible.
What happens after you submit an appeal?
The University’s receipt of your appeal will be acknowledged.
The relevant policy will often specify such things as:
Whether there is a deadline for the University to start the appeal process, or to decide your appeal.
Whether there are further opportunities for you to put your case in person.
Who will make the decision on your appeal (a particular officer, or an appeal panel (where relevant))
The decision maker’s powers and authority.
The range of possible outcomes.
The original decision-maker should never be a member of the appeal panel.
If the appeal process includes an opportunity for you to meet with the appeal panel or decision-maker in person, you will receive notice of this.
Once the decision-maker has made a determination about your appeal, you will receive notification in writing.