Your appeal statement
Organising the detail
You may have a considerable amount of information to present in your case. It is not a problem if the appeal statement is long, but it is important that you write clearly, explaining all your points and referring back to the evidence that you are providing to support your case.
If there are several aspects of your appeal, consider separating the information into themes. For example, if you are suffering from an illness and from financial hardship over the same period of time, it may be better to treat these as two separate issues. This allows your statement to be clear and easily understood.
Creating a timeline
It is usually helpful to create a timeline, summarising key events, e.g. meetings, academic deadlines, emails, telephone conversations, important life events that may have impacted your studies, etc. The timeline will help you express what happened, when it happened and how it affected you.
Referring to attachments / evidence
If you are attaching supporting material/evidence with your appeal, it is useful to refer directly to these in your statement. You could include your evidence as appendices at the end of your Appeal of Result Form, labelling each piece of evidence (e.g. Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.) according to the order that you refer to them in your appeal statement. If you include a large number of attachments, it may also be helpful to provide a short description of what each attachment is in at the top of each appendix.
Getting your statement checked
When you have completed your draft appeal statement ask someone to read/check it. Having someone check over it will allow a fresh opinion on the format, content and clarity of the statement and the relevance of the supporting evidence. The RUSU Academic Advisers are happy to check the statement for you, just make sure you book an appointment or email the Advice Service. This is subject to availability.