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Higher Education Exam Appeals

We were instructed by an overseas student studying for an MBA at London Business School. The student had failed a re-sit and thus had her MBA terminated, which of course had significant implications for her future job prospects and noting her course costs were approximately £64,000. The student had suffered sensitive medical extenuating circumstances as well as having been faced with personal family issues. However the student had not disclosed these to the University. We prepared an appeal, seeking independent expert evidence on the student's medical issues as well as her state of mind, and put forward the cultural and gender-based arguments as to why the student had not disclosed these issues at the time. The Business School considered the appeal and agreed that the student had suffered extenuating circumstances and also that the appeal had shown good reason as to why she had not raised these at the time. As a result the student was given a further attempt at the failed examination, thus giving her a chance to achieve her MBA and realise her career aspirations.


Led by: Salima Mawji

Supported by: Rishi Mital

Higher Education Exam Appeals

Our client was accused of cheating in a professional exam leading to membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (“BACP”). A finding of cheating against her could have led to an inability to practice in her field of work. Our client was accused of copying from another student in the exam, yet vehemently denied this. The alleged evidence against our client constituted a report from an invigilator and a statistical analysis of the two students' exam papers. We argued that the evidence presented was simply insufficient to make a finding of such a serious offence as cheating. We highlighted that the invigilator's report was written 3 months after the exam in question, there were no guidelines to invigilators and that the statistical analysis did not provide cogent evidence against our client, especially as most students had passed the exam scoring high marks (thus meaning that most students would have had many similarly correct answers). The BACP considered the case and decided that the allegation of cheating should be dismissed, leaving our client able to become a member of the BACP and thus have accredited status and be nationally recognised in her field.


Led by: Rishi Mital

Supported by: Abla O’Callaghan

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