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I want to appeal the decision of the examiners of my thesis/dissertation. What do I do?

If you wish to appeal the decision of the examiners of your thesis/dissertation, this must be done in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. You must indicate clearly the precise grounds on which your appeal is being made. The grounds permitted for appeal are provided under Paragraph 1.10.7 of the University of Dublin Calendar Part III.

There must also be a clear statement of what this appeal is attempting to achieve, e.g. the appointment of an alternative supervisor for the period of revision, referral of the thesis etc.

Should you intend pursuing this course of action you are strongly advised to contact the Postgraduate Student Support Officer (Email) who will advise you in respect of the permitted grounds under which a decision can be appealed. The Postgraduate Student Support Officer, or an appointed member of the Advisory Panel will then accompany you to the any meeting with the Dean of Graduate Studies.

* Remember, the Dean of Graduate Studies or any Academic Appeals Committee (Paragraph 1.10.7) who will consider your appeal cannot overturn the examiners’ academic verdict on the thesis/dissertation. It can only recommend changes of a procedural nature.

I want to appeal the decision of my PhD transfer/confirmation panel. What do I do?

If following a transfer/confirmation panel interview, you have been informed that you may not transfer to or continue on the PhD register, you may appeal in the first instance to the relevant School appeals committee. The Director of Teaching & Learning appointed to your School will advise you on how this process should be conducted. The grounds for your appeal must be clearly stated and suported where necessary by documentary evidence. If you are granted another transfer/confirmation interview, the decision of that panel will be final.

If the Schools Appeal Committee refuses to grant your appeal, or, if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the appeals process, you are entitled to appeal the decision of the School to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Again, you must state clearly under what grounds as outlined under Paragraph 1.10.7 of the University of Dublin Calendar Part III you are appealing and also what remedy you are seeking. Should the Dean of Graduate Studies deny your appeal you may appeal this decision to the Academic Appeals Committee for Gradaute Students.

I want to appeal the results of my examination. What should I do?

All graduate students have the right to discuss their examination and/or assessment performances with the appropriate members of staff as arranged by the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in their School. This right is basic to the educational process.

Having received information about your results, and, having discussed these, and your performance with the appropriate member of staff, and, if required, the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) you may ask that your results be reconsidered. This must be done within two weeks of the publication of your results.

However, this ‘appeal’ will only be entertained if you have reason to believe;

  1. that the grade is incorrect because of an error in the calculation of the results.
  2. that the examination paper specific to your course contained questions on subjects which were not part of the course prescribed for the examination.
  3. That bias was shown by an examiner in the marking of the script.
In the case of (1) above;
Your request for an appeal must be made to the appropriate Course Coordinator/Director.
In the case of (2) or (3) above;
Your request should again be made in the first instance to the Course Coordinator/Director who will seek permission to have the case referred to the Appeals Sub-Committee of the Course Committee. You must clearly state the grounds on which you are seeking the appeal and, where possible, produce documentary evidence to support your case. If the Course Committee refuses to grant an appeal, or if you are unsatisfied with the outcome of the appeals process, you may make a request to the Dean of Graduate Studies who may refer the case to the Academic Appeals Committee (Paragraph 1.10.7) for graduate students.

Should you intend pursuing this course of action you should contact the Postgraduate Student Support Officer (Email) who will advise you and/or accompany you throughout any Appeals process.

* Remember, the Academic Appeals Committee (Paragraph 1.10.7) who will consider your appeal cannot overturn the examiners’ academic verdict on the thesis/dissertation. It can only recommend changes of a procedural nature.

I passed the coursework component of my course but failed on my thesis/dissertation. What can I do?

If you are dissatisfied with the manner in which the dissertation was examined, for example if you have reason to believe that bias was shown by an examiner, you can request the Course Coordinator/Director to arrange a viva voce examination at which you may defend your thesis/dissertation. This request will be granted automatically. If you feel that this viva voce examination was itself unfair, you may appeal in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Should you intend to pursue this course of action you should contact the Postgraduate Student Support Officer (Email) who will advise you on the process.

*Remember, the Dean of Graduate Studies or any Academic Appeals Committee (Paragraph 1.10.7) who will consider your appeal cannot overturn the examiners’ academic verdict on the thesis/dissertation. It can only recommend changes of a procedural nature.

My question has not been answered here. What do I do ?

You can make an appointment to meet with the Postgraduate Student Support Officer, or, you can simply submit your query via e-mail at pgsupp@tcd.ie (Email).

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Last updated 3 September 2015 pgsupp@tcd.ie (Email).