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UPDATE: 4th January 2021

We have received a very high volume of mitigation applications over the winter break and are working through them as quickly as we can - you will receive a response within 5 working days. Please do not contact your hub for an outcome, we will not be able to provide this over the phone or via SID and it prevents us from processing applications.

As no supporting evidence is currently required your application will be approved. However, please note:

  • Option 3 examinations cannot be extended, you will receive a deferral to August 2021.
  • If you have already received a 3 week extension for an assignment, your work will be deferred to August 2021.

If you feel illness or other adverse personal circumstances may affect your ability to undertake an assessment you may be able to apply for an extension or a deferral through what the University calls the ‘Mitigation Process’. Please carefully consider the guidance below on this process, including the guidance provided in the TQA manual , it is important that you read this document carefully. 

The University’s stance is that there is no requirement for evidence to be submitted throughout this academic year.

Please note that for exams, we are unable to offer extensions and instead a deferral will be put in place. If you have any questions about this process please contact your Hub. You can also get independent advice from the Students’ Guild and Student’s Union Advice Units.  For further information on how deferring your assessments will affect international Tier 4 visa holders, please contact

Additionally, please be aware that almost all assessments can be deferred, for example exams, coursework and presentations. It is important not to defer too many items however, otherwise you might have too heavy a workload in your next assessment period. Typically exams are deferred until a single week in August therefore deferring several exams means taking them in a single week period.

You can use this form to apply to defer one or more assessments or to apply for an extension.  Please note that extensions are only permissible for coursework assessments – this does not apply to Option 3 Exams/Exam replacements. 

Mitigation forms MUST be submitted to the relevant hub e-mail address as soon as possible and at the latest within one working day of the affected assessment submission date. You should expect a response from us within five working days (a decision may take longer, due to current exceptionally high volumes we may need flexibility on this timeframe).



Do not leave work until the last minute. Give yourself sufficient time to allow for problems occurring, so you do not miss deadlines. Computer issues are considered applicable reasons for extensions – however, ensure you back up your work on a memory stick or another server. Please also ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to submit via Ebart/Turnitin, as applicable.

As a postgraduate, your programme may take you beyond August 2020 due to a dissertation.


If you choose to defer ALL outstanding assessments:

This will include your dissertation, as well as any August exams or coursework.  Whilst your exams and coursework will take place/be submitted throughout the academic year, your new dissertation deadline will be communicated to you by your Hub.


If you choose to defer ONE OR MORE outstanding assessments:

Deferred assessments will take place at the next appropriate assessment period (so if your exam was originally in January 2020, it will take place in January 2021; if it was in May 2020 then it will take place in May 2021). If you defer your dissertation, your new dissertation deadline will be communicated to you by your Hub.

If you successfully complete the outstanding assessments in 2020/21, you will be awarded in July 2021.


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The University of Exeter recognises the importance of protecting personal privacy. Whenever personal data is collected via your use of this website, that information will only be used in accordance with the University’s privacy policy and relevant legislation.

The University may occasionally amend this policy by updating this page. You should revisit the page from time to time to review any amendments.

The information we collect and how it is used

We will ask you to provide personal information to enable us to provide a specific service that you have requested, in this case, the consideration of an application for mitigation. All personal data collected in this way will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will only be used for this purpose.

The information you provide is confidential and will only be shared with a limited group of University staff who are directly involved in the mitigation decision-making process.

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