Negotiating extended coursework deadlines for disability-related reasons

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Please note that these guidelines only apply if you have a learning contract that allows extended deadlines for coursework for disability-related reasons. If you do not have the allowance for extended deadlines and you need an extension for disability related reasons you should:
  • Speak to your Faculty Student Services team. Contact details are available via your faculty helpdesk
  • Contact Disabled Student Support to talk about creating/amending your learning contract

Check your learning contract.

As soon as you are sure that you will not be able to submit your work before the original deadline date, and with at least 24 hours' notice, you will need to complete a Request to extend a submission deadline via My Student Record. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the RESD process first. If you have any questions about extending a deadline, please contact your Faculty Student Services team for advice. 

Before requesting an extended deadline...

The University still expects you to take time to plan your work carefully for each published assessment deadline for your course and to try and submit all work on time. The University expects that you will request an extended deadline only once you are sure you will not be able to submit your work on time, despite your best efforts, or on the specific advice of a DSA Study Skills Tutor or Mentor.

What if I have been recommended a support worker, e.g. mentor or study skills tutor?

The University knows that if you have been recommended a support worker you will do better if you work with them regularly. It therefore expects that you will stay in contact with your support worker and the support worker team throughout your course. We also expect that you will make your support worker aware of your assessment deadlines and work with them in planning towards your deadlines.

What should I do if I still cannot submit by my extended deadline?

If your Learning Contract recommends additional extended deadlines, it may be possible to further extend your coursework deadline, including into the next assessment period. This can only be done once for each assessment task. To request an additional extended deadline, you will need to again complete a Request to extend a submission deadline via My Student Record no later than 24 hours' before the date/time of the extended deadline.  Once again, make sure you familiarise yourself with the RESD process first. 

You need to be aware that there are limits to the length of time it is possible to delay the submission of your work, depending upon each module and the nature of your assignment. If you have any questions about requesting an additional extended deadline, please contact your Faculty Student Services team. Your Faculty Student Services team will provide you with advice and, if necessary, liaise with Disabled Student Support and your module leader.

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