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Student Advice Service

Email: studentadvice@anglia.ac.uk | Call: 01245 68 6700

Managing your assignment deadlines

It is important that as a student you learn how to manage your assignment deadlines.

Your Personal Tutor or our Study Skills Plus service, can help you with various techniques to manage your deadlines effectively. However, we know that sometimes things happen which affect your ability to perform well or prevent you from submitting your work. If this happens you may be able to request an extension. Please bear in mind that needing an extension should be a rare occurrence. If you regularly find yourself needing longer you must speak with your Personal Tutor or our Study Skills Plus Team to avoid this having a negative impact on your course. If you have a serious or ongoing issue please contact us for advice at studentadvice@anglia.ac.uk or call 01245 686700

Applying for an extension to your submission date

Extensions

Occasionally significant events outside your control may occur, which could prevent you from submitting your work on time or to your highest standard. In such instances you can request to extend your submission deadline.

The following are acceptable reasons for an extension:

  • A short-term illness
  • A short-term illness of any person for whom you are a carer
  • Authorised absence during teaching weeks
  • An enforced change in employment circumstances for which only short term notice was given
  • Other reasons considered acceptable by the Student Adviser

The following are not acceptable reasons for such a request:

  • Academic workload
  • Misreading the instructions on submission deadlines
  • Computer, printer or any other technical failure (always keep a back-up copy of your work)
  • Unauthorised absence from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) (eg, a holiday taken during teaching weeks)

We expect students to plan to submit their work in good time and to make allowances for any minor, day-to-day issues which may impact on the time available to complete their work. If you are unable to complete and submit your work on time, please think carefully about whether your grounds for requesting an extension are likely to be sufficient, bearing in mind the information above.

  • Your request for an extension must be received before the deadline (usually 2.00 pm) on the day of submission
  • Some assessments which occur on fixed days, such as presentations or exams, cannot be extended please speak to a Student Adviser before you complete the request form
  • It is essential you complete all the information on the request form
  • We may ask you to provide evidence to support your request, we will send any request to your student email account
  • It is not necessary for you to call or email the Student Advice Service to check your application has been received, the last page of the form is confirmation your request has been received
  • You can contact a Student Adviser if you have any concerns how an extension will affect your academic performance or progression. Please book-in at the iCentre for a Student Advice Service drop-in session, send an email to studentadvice@anglia.ac.uk or call 01245 686700

We will notify you of the outcome of your request by email. If your extension request is agreed, we will update the submission date on e-vision. You are expected to check your student email account regularly for messages and check e-vision on the results page for the submission date.

If your extension request is for a first attempt and your request is turned down and you do not submit the work by the original deadline, you will be given a re-sit opportunity however the overall mark for the module is capped. If you require further clarification you should speak to a Student Adviser.

Can I submit my assignment late?

Without requesting an extension you can now still submit assignments late, up to five working days after the submission deadline. Submitting late, without an authorised extension, will result in the element of assessment being capped. If you require further clarification you should speak to a Student Adviser.

For full information on how to hand in late work visit anglia.ac.uk/latework

How do I apply for an extension?

What is mitigating circumstances?

Sometimes things happen which affect your ability to perform well or prevent you from completing and submitting your work. Mitigation is a process which allows our university to take into account unforeseen or unplanned circumstances which were beyond your reasonable control that may have led to underperformance in assessment or prevented you from submitting your work.


How do I submit a claim for mitigating circumstances?

A completed mitigating circumstances form must be submitted to a Student Adviser within five working days of the assessment date, you will also be required to provide date relevant evidence of your circumstances to support your claim (see guidance notes on the mitigation form).

For more detailed information on the mitigation process please visit the Academic Registry website or watch our mitigation video for more information.

Students are advised to submit their mitigation form to a Student Adviser for checking. Mitigation claims are considered by the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel at regular points during the academic year and only considered after the assessment deadline has passed. If the documentary evidence to support the claim is not immediately available, do not delay the submission of your mitigation form. Submit your form by the five working day deadline and state that the evidence will follow, additional time can be provided to submit it. Delays of this nature will not be accepted as a reason for a late submission.

If you are mitigating a first attempt and your claim is accepted, your mark for the assessment is annulled and you will be given a further first attempt. If you pass the further first attempt the overall mark for the module is uncapped.

If you are mitigating a first attempt and your claim is turned down, the mark for the assessment will stand. If you fail the assessment you will be given a re-sit opportunity however the overall mark for the module is capped.

A claim for mitigating circumstances can be submitted where an extension has been authorised.

If you require further clarification you should speak to a Student Adviser.


What is late mitigating circumstances?

A student may submit a late mitigation claim (defined as a claim which is submitted after the standard five working day deadline specified in the Academic Regulations). In addition to the details of the mitigation claim and the supporting evidence, a student is also required to explain why the claim was not submitted within the standard five working day deadline after the assessment date, supported by appropriate documentary evidence. If you require advice on submitting a late mitigation claim you can contact the Students' Union. Late mitigation claims are considered by the Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel at regular points during the academic year.


How do I submit a late mitigation claim?

If you miss the five working day deadline after the assessment date to submit your mitigation claim, you can submit a late claim using the same Mitigating Circumstances form.

IMPORTANT: If you are submitting a late claim, you must complete Section B of the form (in addition to all other sections) which requires you to provide an explanation as to why you were unable to submit your claim by the normal (five day) deadline. You must provide relevant supporting documentary evidence to substantiate the reasons(s) you give for your late claim.

If a mitigation claim is received by the Mitigation Panel or a Student Adviser beyond the normal five working day deadline, it will be deemed as late. In these cases, if Section B has not been completed, the mitigation claim will be automatically rejected.

A late mitigation claim can be submitted where an extension has been authorised.