If you are having difficulties completing an assignment in time for a deadline, you can request an extension.
You can request a 7-day guaranteed extension for the rest of the 20/21 academic year without having to provide evidence, providing it is the first time you have made an extension request for that piece of work. You will receive an email confirming your new due date.
Note: This does not apply to postgraduate dissertation extensions. See below for more details.
If you are a student in Bristol Dental School, Bristol Medical School, Bristol Veterinary School or the School of Chemistry, the process is slightly different and you need to contact your school to request an extension.
We’d always recommend talking to your personal tutor for advice and so that they are aware of your situation.
I need longer than 7 days to complete my assessment, what can I do?
If you have already received a 7-day extension and are unable to meet the new deadline, then you can apply for an additional extension.
This is only usually granted in serious circumstances, when your ability to complete your work has been significantly disrupted. For example, in the case of a close family bereavement, or a serious illness or operation.
You cannot usually get an extension of more than another 14 days (so 3 weeks in total after the original due date).
Do talk to your personal tutor so that they are aware of your situation and of any difficulties you may be having in meeting deadlines.
I haven’t received a response about my extension, what shall I do?
You need to try to work to the original deadline in case your extension isn’t approved in time or isn’t approved at all. Work submitted after the due date will receive a late penalty. If you do submit your work late as a result of extenuating circumstances, then you should also submit an EC form to explain what happened.
My extension request has been declined, what shall I do?
You should try to submit your assessment as soon as you can, within the original deadline if possible. Work submitted after the due date will receive a late penalty. If you do submit your work late as a result of extenuating circumstances, then you should also submit an EC form to explain what happened.
I am still concerned about the quality of my assessment, even after receiving an extension, is there anything I can do?
If you feel that your performance has been affected by unexpected and severe circumstances, then you need to submit an extenuating circumstances form. Please see our extenuating circumstances page.
I am on a Postgraduate taught programme, is the process the same?
The 7-day guaranteed extension does not apply to the submission of dissertations in taught postgraduate programmes. This is because the university has already extended the deadline for PGT dissertations from 31 August to 13 September this year. Contact your School Office and your Supervisor to discuss the possibility of a further extension.
I am on a Postgraduate research programme, is the process the same?
No, extensions work differently if you are a PhD student. If you have any concerns about your programme of research and your ability to complete your thesis, you must speak to your main supervisor.