This article will outline what extenuating circumstances are.


Extenuating circumstances relate to your health and/or personal life which are of a sufficiently serious nature to result in you being unable to submit documentation by the required deadline. Extenuating circumstances may also result in you being unable to attend a review or examination.


As a PGRS you will only be able to submit extenuating circumstances for:

  • Annual Review;
  • Major Review;
  • Final Review Meeting following Annual Review or Major Review;
  • Interim Examination;
  • viva voce examination.

You are advised to contact your First Supervisor at the earliest opportunity and before the affected review or examination.


If you are affected by extenuating circumstances while the review or examination is taking place, you should notify the examiners immediately and a decision will be made in consultation with your First Supervisor as to whether the review or examination can continue.


The research regulations include further guidance on extenuating circumstances.

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