We can help you to mitigate when something out of your control takes place which might impact on your ability to complete your course to the best of your ability.


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What is mitigation?

We can help you to mitigate when something out of your control takes place which might impact on your ability to complete your course to the best of your ability. We aim to help you so that your performance in coursework, exams, and presentations is not adversely affected. You should submit mitigation within 10 working days of an assignment deadline. This can be 10 days before the deadline or 10 days after the deadline. If you have missed this deadline, you might still be able to make an appeal.

Why might I need to mitigate?

You may be able to mitigate if:

  • You have missed a coursework deadline
  • You have missed an exam
  • You have missed a presentation
  • You have not performed to the best of your ability in a piece of coursework or in an exam

If there are circumstances beyond your control that mean that these things happened, then you may be able to mitigate.

What sort of circumstances mean that I should mitigate?

You should mitigate under the following circumstances:

  • If you are ill (physical illness or mental illness)
  • Severe financial hardship (many students find managing their money difficult - here we're looking at more extreme cases)
  • Loss of a relative
  • Homelessness
  • Other serious unforeseen situations

If this applies to you, it may be wise to visit ULWSU Advice where we can help you complete your mitigation.

What sort of evidence should I collect to prove my situation is real?

It will depend on your own individual circumstances, which will be unique. Some examples of evidence which may be useful include:

  • Doctor's notes
  • Death certificates
  • Letters written by professionals on paper with a letterhead

Any evidence provided must be in English and must cover the affected dates of your exam, presentation, coursework or assessment.

How do I complete a mitigation?


Either download the mitigation form or ask your case-worker for a hard copy of our mitigation form. Include a personal statement about the situation, stating what you hope to achieve.


One of our advisors can check over application before you submit, simply come along to one of our drop-ins.


When you're finished and ready to submit, email your application and personal statement to and wait for a response.

What role does UWLSU Advice play in supporting me?

We are here to provide advice and guidance on how to go through processes at the University of West London. We are not involved in any part of the decision-making on your case as we are independent from the University.? When you come to us for an advice appointment or guidance, our job is to make sure you have the information and support you need to make informed choices about your case, and to make sure that the University follows its own processes.

If you need to mitigate, we can help you by giving you someone to talk through your options with, and we can also provide a checking service to check your mitigation form and evidence. ?We are here to provide advice and support; however, you are ultimately responsible for submitting your mitigation and deciding when to submit.

If you have any access requirements or support needs that would help us to better support you, you should let our team know by calling us on 0208 231 2276 or drop us an email on