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Will my uni appeal be successful

I'm currently studying at Staffordshire University for Games Art with a foundation degree. The first year I failed all modules and was given a repeat year, this year I only failed two but was told I'm being withdrawn. Both times were because of reasons out of my control (mental health, untreated ADD, physical health)

I immediately appealed (12th Sept) but I am incredibly anxious. I gave evidence which included two letters from my mental health worker, my ADD diagnosis, appointment booklets for my physical health, a letter from my gp detailing the physical condition diagnosis and a supporting statement from my Course Leader. I am due to be on medication for ADD soon and I've been reffered to a Mind mental health course to improve my mental health and stability. So next year these problems won't be problems.

Will this be enough? Ive been told I'll be unable to apply for the same course if I end up re enrolling, and my main concern is the rent in my current housing which I can't afford without the maintenance loan (Private landlord).

I'm just looking for reassurance as I'm incredibly anxious about it all that it's making me physically sick. I don't even mind having to redo the modules I did pass for a repeat year.
Reply 1
Nobody can really say. On the face of things it looks as though you have as much as you possibly can have to bolster an appeal but the truth is that these things pretty frequently go in unexpected ways,and nobody here can honestly predict which way the panel will go.
Reply 2
I appreciate your response either way, thank you. I'm meeting with money and guidance tomorrow on what to do before I try to find someone to take over my contract. I'm hoping it won't be too difficult but I worry most students have already found a place to stay

Original post by gjd800
Nobody can really say. On the face of things it looks as though you have as much as you possibly can have to bolster an appeal but the truth is that these things pretty frequently go in unexpected ways,and nobody here can honestly predict which way the panel will go.
Original post by Wolfe17
I'm currently studying at Staffordshire University for Games Art with a foundation degree. The first year I failed all modules and was given a repeat year, this year I only failed two but was told I'm being withdrawn. Both times were because of reasons out of my control (mental health, untreated ADD, physical health)

I immediately appealed (12th Sept) but I am incredibly anxious. I gave evidence which included two letters from my mental health worker, my ADD diagnosis, appointment booklets for my physical health, a letter from my gp detailing the physical condition diagnosis and a supporting statement from my Course Leader. I am due to be on medication for ADD soon and I've been reffered to a Mind mental health course to improve my mental health and stability. So next year these problems won't be problems.

Will this be enough? Ive been told I'll be unable to apply for the same course if I end up re enrolling, and my main concern is the rent in my current housing which I can't afford without the maintenance loan (Private landlord).

I'm just looking for reassurance as I'm incredibly anxious about it all that it's making me physically sick. I don't even mind having to redo the modules I did pass for a repeat year.

Something else to bear in mind is even if you are successful in your appeal, in order to receive student finance for the remainder of your course, you will need to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR), as you will now have used up your "gift year" plus an additional year of finance if you have to start again in first year. By the sounds of it you probably do have sufficient evidence for a good shot at a successful CPR application to SFE, but there is no guarantee in that and you need to be aware that you may not have tuition fees funded for the first academic year back after your appeal if your CPR application is unsuccessful.

If you are aiming to restart in the course in the new academic year in a couple of weeks that is a very dicey timeline to get all this sorted out in time for.
Reply 4
Original post by artful_lounger
Something else to bear in mind is even if you are successful in your appeal, in order to receive student finance for the remainder of your course, you will need to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons (CPR), as you will now have used up your "gift year" plus an additional year of finance if you have to start again in first year. By the sounds of it you probably do have sufficient evidence for a good shot at a successful CPR application to SFE, but there is no guarantee in that and you need to be aware that you may not have tuition fees funded for the first academic year back after your appeal if your CPR application is unsuccessful.

If you are aiming to restart in the course in the new academic year in a couple of weeks that is a very dicey timeline to get all this sorted out in time for.

I ageee it is very dicey. I wish there could have been something I could have done earlier, but I was just told to wait and see by every member of staff I contacted about my worries.

But yes, I did submit the documentation including a cover letter for CPR to SFE the same day I sent in my appeal. I do have plans to transfer to a similar course at the same uni if my appeal is unsuccessful, as my mentor has told me this is possible I am just unable to re enroll on the same course.
Original post by Wolfe17
I ageee it is very dicey. I wish there could have been something I could have done earlier, but I was just told to wait and see by every member of staff I contacted about my worries.

But yes, I did submit the documentation including a cover letter for CPR to SFE the same day I sent in my appeal. I do have plans to transfer to a similar course at the same uni if my appeal is unsuccessful, as my mentor has told me this is possible I am just unable to re enroll on the same course.

Hey,

I was just wondering if you had an outcome regarding this and how it went?

I am in an eerily similar situation to this.
It’s been over 8 weeks since I submitted my appeal and every time I contact the university they just say that they are working in it and can’t give me a time frame.
Knowing that I’ve missed over 2 months of study if I do get accepted back on the the course is stressful.

I guess I’m just wondering what your next steps were once you heard back regarding your appeal?
Apologies in advance if it didn’t go the way you wanted it to!
Reply 6
Original post by Superduck27
Hey,

I was just wondering if you had an outcome regarding this and how it went?

I am in an eerily similar situation to this.
It’s been over 8 weeks since I submitted my appeal and every time I contact the university they just say that they are working in it and can’t give me a time frame.
Knowing that I’ve missed over 2 months of study if I do get accepted back on the the course is stressful.

I guess I’m just wondering what your next steps were once you heard back regarding your appeal?
Apologies in advance if it didn’t go the way you wanted it to!
8 weeks is almost certainly outside of the required response time (which usually- though not always - tops out at around 20 working days). I'd be looking at your appeal regulations and getting the SU onto this.
Original post by gjd800
Original post by Superduck27
Hey,

I was just wondering if you had an outcome regarding this and how it went?

I am in an eerily similar situation to this.
It’s been over 8 weeks since I submitted my appeal and every time I contact the university they just say that they are working in it and can’t give me a time frame.
Knowing that I’ve missed over 2 months of study if I do get accepted back on the the course is stressful.

I guess I’m just wondering what your next steps were once you heard back regarding your appeal?
Apologies in advance if it didn’t go the way you wanted it to!
8 weeks is almost certainly outside of the required response time (which usually- though not always - tops out at around 20 working days). I'd be looking at your appeal regulations and getting the SU onto this.


I thought the same but when I brought this up to the university they just gave me the standard response of ‘we’re very busy’

Thank you, I’ll definitely be contacting the SU.

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