Late coursework & extension requests

The School of Informatics policy on coursework deadlines, which applies across all taught courses. Final-year and MSc projects have different rules on the submission of dissertations.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the University Assessment Regulations and Special Circumstances Policy:

Late submission of Coursework

Normally, you will not be allowed to submit coursework late. Coursework submitted after the deadline set will receive a mark of 0%.

Requesting an Extension

If you have a good reason to need to submit late, you must do the following:

  • Read this section carefully, especially the "good reasons" for late submissions.

  • Request an extension (i.e. a specific length of time in days) via the ITO Contact Form before the deadline has passed, identifying the affected course, assignment, and reason for the request.  Only in exceptional circumstances — for example, illness that prevented you contacting the ITO — can an extension be granted after a deadline has passed.

ITO Contact Form

Note: please DO NOT ask the course lecturer for an extension, as they are not able to grant such extensions themselves.

"Good reasons" for course work extensions are defined in the Assessment Regulations as "unexpected short-term circumstances which are exceptional for the individual student, beyond that student's control, and which could reasonably be expected to have had an adverse impact on the student's ability to complete the assessment on time."  Examples include:

  • Recent short-term physical illness or injury;
  • Recent short-term mental ill-health;
  • A long-term or chronic physical health condition, which has recently worsened temporarily or permanently;
  • A long-term or chronic mental health condition, which has recently worsened temporarily or permanently;
  • The recent bereavement or serious illness of a person with whom the student has a close relationship;
  • The recent breakdown in a long-term relationship, such as a marriage;
  • Emergencies involving dependents;
  • Job or internship interview at short notice that requires significant time, e.g. due to travel;
  • Victim of a crime which is likely to have significant emotional impact;
  • Military conflict, natural disaster, or extreme weather conditions.

You should always inform your Personal Tutor of any such thing that seriously affects your work, whether or not you ask for an extension as a consequence. If you prefer, you can choose to discuss details only with your Personal Tutor; s/he can then advocate with other members of staff for you without going into details.

Non-examples, things that would not be considered good reasons, include anything you could have planned for or avoided for example, difficult clusters of deadlines, attending social events, the demands of any job you undertake during semester, last-minute computer problems, loss of work through (your) backup failure, etc.

In general, you are expected to plan your time well and including contingency time. For example, if you expect a piece of work to take two days, you should begin it more than two days before its deadline.