We have a policy for appeals which is available to all and is based on the following core principles:
- Valuing of difference..
- Equal opportunity.
- Freedom of choice.
- Empowerment of the individua.l
Appeals from an appelant are in the first instance reviewed by the academic board (or the executive of the NSTT if the academic board has had previous involvement, e.g. on a plagiarism issue), at the next scheduled meeting (or later if the appellant needs more time), giving the appellant opportunity to explain their viewpoint and to represent themselves, or have an appointee do so on their behalf.
They may appeal on the basis of:
- An error in administration.
- An unfair, biased or incorrect assessment (including failure to be accepted on to a course).
- Illness or other mitigating circumstances.
The result of the review will be conveyed to the appellant in person on the day (if the board feel able to come to an immediate decision) or within 14 days by letter.
In the event of an appellant being dissatisfied with the outcome or process of their appeal, the grievance can be assessed independently by the complaints officer whose recommendation will be considered by the board at the next scheduled meeting. The result of this final hearing will be conveyed to the appellant by letter within 14 days.
An appellant who believes that we have not correctly followed the above procedure can appeal to the UKCP College of Outcome Oriented and Hypno-Psychotherapies.
The appeal process will be monitored on an annual basis by the board and statistical information about appeals and complaints following appeals will be produced, names of individuals concerned will not be published.