Personal Extenuating Circumstances (Taught Programmes)

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The information below is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students only. Postgraduate research students should consult the PGR Change of Circumstances section of the Postgraduate Research Student Support Website.


If you believe that your study or ability to complete assessments is being seriously affected by unforeseen and unavoidable personal extenuating circumstances you should advise your academic unit by completing the Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) Form so that appropriate adjustments can be considered.

Advice and Guidance

You are advised to speak to your Personal Tutor or another member of School Staff in the first instance but, if you feel uncomfortable doing so, then there are other sources of advice available to you, such as Officers of the Students’ Union, the Student Advice Centre or, if appropriate, Student Wellbeing Services.

Newcastle University students are advised to read the Submission Guidance Document below before submitting a PEC application:

Guidance for Submission of PEC requests regarding Examinations and Assessments arising from the emergency situation due to Industrial Action

If you consider your studies have been affected by the recent industrial action and you wish this to be considered by the PEC Committee, you are asked to provide details, on the table provided, of the sessions which were cancelled and/or you believe may have had an adverse impact on your studies.

This table should be attached to your PEC request, as evidence for your School

N.B. INTO Newcastle University, Newcastle University London and NUMed students should refer local guidance.

PEC Forms

The online PEC forms are listed below. Please select the correct form for your programme and/or location of study.

PEC forms for Newcastle-based students:

PEC forms for other University campuses and non-standard programmes:

Student Procedures

In addition to PEC, there may be other problems that you encounter during your time at University, which the procedures below may help with. Again, advice from your Personal Tutor should assist you in deciding on the course of action that is most appropriate for your situation.