A poor exam result at university can be life-changing, affecting a student's degree, job prospects and future earnings. Strong academic results are likely to be particularly important in light of the anticipated disruption to the graduate job market of COVID-19. Those with higher grades are likely to be more competitive candidates.
Degree classifications really do matter. The March 2020 report from the Higher Education Statistics Agency revealed that graduates with a 2:1 degree can expect to earn about 8% more than graduates with a 2:2 or below. Over the duration of a working life, this represents hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost earnings.
The appeal process is stressful and daunting. There are regulations and guidance to navigate, various types of evidence to assess and obtain, complex documents to write, and short deadlines to meet, and all of this at a time when students are understandably anxious about their future. It is no surprise that students often make mistakes with their appeals.
Getting the right professional help early in the process can significantly increase your chances of overturning the unfair result quickly and with minimal stress, lowering the long-term financial risk of a poor academic result and allowing you to focus on the rest of your studies.
We are a friendly team of 11 barristers, including 3 former university lecturers, with expertise in university appeals. Since 2011, we have helped thousands of students who received disappointing results with their appeals, from advising them on strategy and evidence to writing their appeal statement and, where permitted, representing them at hearings. We remove the stress of appeals and produce well-written, persuasive appeals.
We are trusted by academics, solicitors and even embassies. Student unions have recommended us and use some of our materials. We train university staff and student union advisers. We have published articles in leading journals, lectured to lawyers at the Education Law Association, and featured in BBC documentaries.
We are proud of the quality of our work and delighted when our clients succeed. One student from King’s College London, who had done badly in an exam due to extenuating circumstances, wrote:
"I received outstanding service from Alpha Academic Appeals. From the initial telephone discussion right through to the final meeting, I was provided with excellent advice and support; I felt completely reassured that I was being heard and I was kept involved every step of the way. The barrister dealt with my situation very promptly and professionally, the end result being a fantastic appeal statement that summed up everything that needed to be said in a very clear and concise manner. The service I received was second to none."
All of our advisers are registered with the Bar Standards Board.
In our experience, students stand a much better chance of a successful appeal if they get professional help soon after receiving their results. Contact us now for a free enquiry. We work 7 days a week. Please complete the online enquiry here or call us directly on 0800 368 9230 to discuss your case with no obligations.
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