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:

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:

UG and PGT students in the School of Dental Sciences wishing to submit a PEC should complete the School’s on-line application form (PEC application form) The School PEC Committee will consider your application in the strictest confidence. In completing the form it is very important you engage with your personal tutor who can provide advice. If you haven't heard the outcome of your PEC application within 7 days, please contact your tutor for advice.

For further information please refer to the SDS PEC Policy available on the VLE.

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.