Student Progress

Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC)

Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC)

Advice on what to do if your studies or assessments are seriously affected by unforeseen and unavoidable personal extenuating circumstances.

This information is for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students only. Postgraduate research students should see PGR Change of Circumstances.

If you believe 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. This is so appropriate adjustments can be considered.

Your application will be considered in strictest confidence. It’s important you provide full details and independent evidence.

Advice and guidance

You’re advised to speak to your personal tutor or another member of school staff first. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, you can also seek advice from the Students’ Union, including the Student Advice Centre or, if appropriate, Student Wellbeing Service.

Please read the submission guidance documents below before submitting a PEC application:

PEC forms

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

PEC forms for Newcastle campus students

PEC forms for other University campuses and non-standard programmes

Student Procedures

In addition to PEC, you may want to report other changes to your circumstances, or make an appeal, or complaint: