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We can help you mitigate, if you have not passed an assignment or an exam, due to personal circumstances that were not considered at the time.

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What is mitigation? 

If you are not able to submit your assignment; sit for an exam or have not passed the assessment due to your personal circumstances you can apply for a mitigation.

Mitigation will allow you to submit your work at the next submission opportunity or do an exam at the next available opportunity. Your module tutors will decide on the next submission date for the assignment or exam.  

When would I qualify for mitigation? 

If you’ve experienced a circumstance that affects your ability to submit on time, then mitigation could be the right option to keep you on track. There are a lot of things that can pop up that trip us up along the way, if you don’t think a 10-calendar-day extension is long enough to finish your work, or you have submitted something and feel that your mark has been affected by personal circumstances, then mitigation could be the next option. 

How do I apply? 

You can apply for mitigation directly using this form, and sending it to You can also apply through the UWL website/APP here. You can apply for a mitigation at any time before or after the original deadline, but you can only self-certify before the deadline. You can also apply for a mitigation if you are not able to attend an exam due to your personal circumstances.

You can also apply directly through MyRegistry, before or after the original deadline.

Read the full mitigation regulations here


Can I apply for mitigation if I have reached my self-certification limit?

Yes, you can still apply for mitigation once you’ve reached your self-certification limit of 3, but you will need to provide evidence. If you have an ISP (Individual Support Plan), you can submit that as evidence, however you may be asked to provide further evidence as well.

Please feel free to contact the advisors at the UWLSU advice service and we can go through possible evidence with you.

Our team goes into more detail about this here.

What can I do, if I submitted an assignment, but I feel I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, because I was affected by my personal circumstances?

If you feel that your result was due to your personal circumstances after the event, then you can apply for mitigation

You are only able to apply for mitigation for a failed assessment.

You can apply for mitigation by filling in a form and submitting it to

You will need to provide evidence of your personal circumstances during the time you were submitting your assignment.

If your mitigation is accepted, then you will need to contact your module leader for a new submission date.

What evidence can I use to support my application?


The evidence for your extension requests will need to cover the deadlines or time leading up to the deadlines of the assignments you are extending for and will need to support your exceptional circumstances. The following is considered as good evidence:

  • Doctor's letter or fit note
  • Statement from a counsellor/therapist that you were seeing at the time of your assignment
  • Hospital appointment letter
  • Crime reference number
  • Eviction notice Letter from the council/government
  • Similar independent evidence from a professional involved in your circumstances
  • If no other evidence is possible, a supporting statement or letter from a member of academic staff at the university or your employer


    If you are not sure what you can use as evidence, please book an appointment with the UWLSU Advice Team.

Can I get help with the mitigation process?

Yes! The UWLSU Advice Team is here to help with any part of the process.

What if I have failed to submit an assessment?

If you have gone through personal circumstances that affected your ability to complete your work, you may be able to apply for mitigation. You are only able to apply for mitigation for a failed assessment. You will then need to provide evidence of the personal circumstances that affected your ability to complete the work at the time of the failed assessment.

What circumstances are acceptable for mitigation?



  • Serious short term illness or injury
  • Symptoms of infectious disease that can be passed on to others, like COVID-19
  • Death or significant illness of close family member Death or significant illness of close family member
  • Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event
  • A crime that has had a substantial impact on you
  • An emergency or crisis that prevents you from attending an exam
  • Decline in mental health

What circumstances are not acceptable for mitigation?



  • Holiday or another event that was planned
  • Minor life event
  • Assessments are scheduled too close together
  • Poor time management
  • Minor transport disruptions
  • Normal exam stress


If you need to talk about your options, please come and see us at the UWLSU advice service.