Student Appeals Policy & Procedure

Students have the right to appeal if they disagree with an assessment decision, or other decision they feel is unfair, including but not limited to decisions about study group allocation, or a decision to delay or defer ordination. The appeals procedure will allow students to challenge the outcomes of their assessment or decision if they consider that this has not been carried out fairly or fails to take into account factors that disadvantage the student.

Grounds for appeal include:

  • The conduct of assessment
  • The adequacy of the range, nature and comprehensiveness of the evidence set against the required qualities, skills and competencies
  • The adequacy of the opportunities offered to engage with the evidence or put their own case
  • That the assessor did not convey concerns clearly or give adequate time to listen to the concerns of the student
  • That the assessment contravened equal opportunities e.g. discrimination
  • That the decision disadvantaged the student

The outcomes of appeal may be:

  • Confirmation or reversal of the original decision
  • An instruction that the work be reassessed by the same or a different assessor
  • A judgement that the work presented meets the qualification criteria and a recommendation that the assessment decision be reconsidered


Students are encouraged to query assessments or decisions with their tutor in the first instance. Should this not resolve the issue an appeal can be made in writing to the Executive Director of OneSpirit within 20 working days of the original decision. Extensions to this timescale will be considered on an individual basis.

The decision of the Executive Director will be communicated to the student and tutor within 10 working days of the receipt of the appeal. If a longer time scale is required due to holidays both parties will be informed.

In the event that either the student or the assessor queries the Executive Director’s decision, then the appeal can be referred to the Appeals Panel.

The Appeals Panel will comprise of an ex-faculty member and an experienced minister who have not been involved in the original assessment.

This further appeal should be lodged with the Administration, again in writing, within 10 working days of the Executive Director’s decision.

The faculty agrees to abide by any decision delivered by the Appeals Panel.