Fitness to Practise Appeals

Fitness to Practise appeals are initiated by the student in accordance with Regulation B5 

The purpose of the fitness to practise appeals process is to allow all students to appeal against the finding regarding fitness to practise and/or the sanction applied by the Fitness to Practise Committee.

What are the grounds for appeal?

Appeals can be made only on one or both of the following grounds:

      i) procedural irregularity in the conduct of the case;

      ii) evidence which could not have been presented at the time of the original hearing.

What is the deadline for submitting an appeal?

You must submit your appeal must in writing to the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager within 14 calendar days from the date of the letter sent to you informing you of the decision of the Fitness to Practise Committee. You should send any supporting evidence with your appeal.

Which form should I use to submit an appeal?

The form for all students to submit an appeal can be downloaded here - Fitness to Practise Appeal Form.

If you require the form or any other materials in an alternative format, please let us know. On request we can provide you with an electronic copy, enlarged print on coloured paper, audio recordings or Braille. 

What happens once an appeal has been submitted?

Following submission of the appeal, the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager will consult with the Chair of the Fitness to Practise Appeals Committee, or nominee. Together, they will assess whether the appeal criteria have been met based on the information provided in the appeal and by reviewing all the paperwork from the University Fitness to Practise Committee, including the minutes and the outcome. If they are of the view that there is no case for appeal (i.e. you have not fulfilled one or both of the grounds), you will be advised in writing, stating the reasons why. If there is a valid case for appeal they will recommend appropriate action to remedy the situation. This will usually mean the case is referred back to the University Fitness to Practise Committee for reconsideration of new evidence or to correct the identified procedural issues. If agreement cannot be reached as to whether the grounds for appeal have been met, or it is not possible to return the case to the University Fitness to Practise Committee, then a University Fitness to Practise Appeals Committee will be convened. 

You will be given no less than 14 working days’ notice of the date, time and location of the hearing.  You will normally be sent a copy of all the paperwork relevant to the appeal no less than 10 working days of the date of the hearing. 

Details about the conduct of the hearing can be found in Regulation B5 section 8.

Who can I go to for advice?

Independent advice on making an appeal can be obtained from:

Advice & Support at Keele, Students’ Union

Tel: 01782 734800 

Email: su.ask@keele.ac.uk

 

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Team.

Where do I submit an appeal?

The appeal should be emailed, posted or hand delivered to the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Team.  In order to assist the team in processing appeals as quickly as possible, it would be preferable if you sent your appeal by email to appeals@keele.ac.uk. Please note that appeals will only be accepted electronically if they have been emailed from your Keele email account. 

If it is not possible to email the appeals and/or supporting documents the appeal should be posted to:

 

Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager

Student and Academic Services

Tawney Building

Keele University

Keele

Staffs

ST5 5BG

 

If the appeal is sent by post it is recommended that students use a recorded delivery service. If the appeal is sent by post it is recommended that you use a recorded delivery service. The University may require you to submit proof of postage (available free from the Post Office in the UK) to confirm your appeal was submitted by the deadline.