Mitigating/Extenuating Circumstances

Mitigating Circumstances/Extenuating Circumstances


The University defines Mitigating Circumstances (MCs or Mit Circs) as:

“A serious and acute problem or event beyond a student's control or ability to foresee which has prevented completion of assessment(s) or attendance at examination(s).”

This means that Mitigating Circumstances are factors – normally personal – that have recently arisen and that have had or will have a negative impact on your performance in an assessment. MCs will only be considered as grounds for deferring assessment(s).


Under no circumstances will mitigation be considered as grounds for adjusting the grade(s) awarded for assessments already completed.

For detailed explanations of the grounds for Mitigating Circumstances, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 01604 89 2272