The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has criticised Swansea University for the seven-day deadline it imposes on students wishing to appeal against their degree results.
Mr. Black was speaking after the recent publication of Which? research that has found large differences between UK universities over the timeframe within which students can appeal a degree grade. Swansea University has the shortest deadline in the country.
Mr. Black said: "Quite obviously there have to be deadlines for students who want to appeal against their final examination grades; but seven days is both inconsiderate and unthinking.
"Appealing against a final degree result is a big step for any student. They need to take time to think carefully, and listen to advice from lecturers, administrators, and tutors some of whom may not be available to suit the University's seven-day window of opportunity. Students will also need to get advice on how to frame an appeal before writing it.
"Seven days is simply not long enough. Which? has suggested that the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in England should set a common deadline for all universities. That seems to me to be eminently sensible
"In the meantime, Swansea University must think again about its responsibility to treat students compassionately at a stressful time in their lives, and extend its seven-day deadline to something more reasonable."