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Academic Judgement

The Higher Education Act 2004 states that the university cannot look at complaints regarding academic judgement. The office of the independent adjudicator (OIA) further describes it as a judgment that is made about a matter where only the opinion of an academic expert is sufficient.  

Academic judgment will usually be involved in;

Areas that do not involve academic judgment;

  • decisions about the fairness of procedures, 
  • whether they have been correctly interpreted, 
  • what the facts are, 
  • how the university has communicated with you, 
  • whether an opinion has been expressed outside the area of an academic's competence, 
  • the way the evidence has been considered, 
  • whether there is evidence of bias or maladministration.

Page last reviewed: 01/03/2019
Next review due: 31/08/2020