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Fit to Sit – Extenuating Circumstances


What does ‘Fit ​to Sit’ mean?


A student who attends, submits or participates in any form of assessment, is declaring him or herself to be in a position to do so and cannot subsequently claim that their performance was adversely affected by extenuating circumstances, thus declaring themselves ‘Fit to Sit’.


Extenuating circumstances r​egulations


The extenuating circumstances regulations for 2015-16 changed due to:

  • Work carried out by a cross-University working group identified a number of inconsistencies and issues regarding extensions and extenuating circumstances and highlighted that existing practices were not always effective in terms of their associated bureaucracy, timing and flexibility.

  • The move to a School-based structure requires Schools to take ownership of EC panels.

  • To facilitate students taking responsibility for their assessment journey in line with Strategy 2020​ and Academic Strategy.


View the The University’s Academic Regulations: 2015​-16.

View the Student Guidelin​es and Forms​.


Download Fit to Sit FAQs [updated January 2017]

Download Extenuating Circumstances Panels [updated January 2017]​​​​​