Academic Support

Academic Appeals

You may find that you have received a letter from your school informing you of your results and wish to appeal the decision.

All students have the right to appeal against the decision of the Board of Examiners, but you must have grounds of appeal. You cannot for example appeal academic judgement (e.g. if you disagree with the mark that your tutor gave you and felt that it should have been higher). You can find more details of the University policy on appeals on the University website.

If you are thinking of submitting an appeal and wish some assistance in completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact the Advice Centre.


All students have the right to complain to the University. Complaints could be related to any academic or non-academic service provided by the University. Students should attempt to resolve any complaint informally within 14 days of the most recent event or cause for complaint.

The Advice Centre can offer independent support and advice to individuals and groups of students who wish to complain. You can find out about the University's complaints policy on the University website.

Academic Misconduct

The Students’ Union can provide support if you are being investigated for academic misconduct. 

Academic misconduct refers to plagiarism, collusion, taking unauthorised documents into an exam, contracting another to write a piece of assessed work, etc. The penalties for unfair means can affect your studies. 

The Advice Centre can support you through the process, outline what to expect and help you to prepare for it. You can find out about the University policy on the University website.

PMC form (Personal Mitigating Circumstances)

If a personal situation is affecting your studies or your ability to take an exam, you should submit a PMC form online explaining why you are not attending an exam, not submitting an assessment or submitting an assessment late. You must provide evidence to confirm your situation.

You can contact the Advice Centre to obtain independent advice on how to complete your PMC.

Changing Course

It's not uncommon for students to find that when they start their course they feel that they have chosen the wrong one.

If you are in this situation, the Advice Centre can help. Just ask!

Academic Regulations

The University has a range of academic regulations that govern your studies, how you are assessed and how issues are dealt with. Below are the main student-facing policies and procedures, with links to the full documents on the University's website:

Personal Mitigation Circumstances (PMC) procedure

Explains what to do if there are serious circumstances of a medical or personal nature which has affected your ability to submit or sit assessments.

Read the procedure

Assessment and Feedback policy

Covers the principles and policy on assessments for all taught awards, including the deadlines for submission of assessed work, the penalties for late submission and how to reduce the penalties for late submission.

View the policy

Complaints procedure

Covers complaints against any academic or non-academic service provided by the University.

Read the procedure

Appeals procedure

Explains the process to follow if you wish to appeal against a decision made by the Board of Examiners / Postgraduate Research Award Board.

Read the procedure

Academic Misconduct procedure

Explains what types of activity constitute academic misconduct and how such matters are dealt with by the University.

Read the procedure

Disciplinary procedure

Covers what types of activity come under misconduct and how such issues are dealt with by the University.

Read the procedure

Fitness to Practice procedure

Covers professional misconduct and / or professional unsuitability of students whose professions are regulated by NMC, HCPC or GPhC.

Read the procedure

Fitness to Study procedure

Explains the situations where the procedure may be invoked, for example where there are substantial concerns about a student’s health, safety and well being.

Read the procedure

Online PMC form

For online submission of a PMC form. Requires you to login using your University computer network username and password. If you don't know your login details you will need to contact Digital IT.

View the form

Academic regulations for Taught Programmes 2016/17

Students sign up for these regulations when they register on their programme at the start of the academic year. Included within these regulations is the University’s “Fit to sit” policy, which you can find at ARTP7.2.7.

View the regulations

Programme Handbook Part B

This forms part of your programme handbook, which explains how your programme is taught and assessed, as well as other important information about studying at Salford.

Check it out here