EC’s 101: Our top 5 tips to that perfect EC claim 


Hey everyone! 


I’m Chloe, your newest student union advisor, and I thought what better way to debut myself here at Arts SU than to give you some top tips on a hot topic; extenuating circumstances. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 ‘must-knows' on EC’s.  


1) Almost anything goes 

Extenuating Circumstances, or ‘ECs’ are defined by UAL as circumstances that are short-term, unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond your control. By this definition, we think more or less any situation could be considered as long as you can present a good case. Basically, there isn’t really a cut and dry answer as to what ‘counts’ as an EC. If you are facing difficulties and are unsure whether you will fit UAL’s criteria, contact us and we can help you understand.  


2) Making a claim is easy! 

There are 2 ways you can make an EC claim. The first and most preferred is through your student portal, under the ‘My Assessments’ tab. Here you will find an online form and guidance on how to populate it. 

If the student portal is giving you trouble, your next option is to complete a paper form via your college’s EC team. All you have to do is send them an email requesting the form and return it to the same address once completed. You can find the email address for your college EC team here. 


3) It’s not all about evidence... 

Don't get me twisted here, we always encourage you to submit evidence where you can, and if you’re unsure what to use, we can point you in the right direction. But if you can’t get evidence, you have the option to ‘self-certify’ up to 60 credits per academic year, which means no evidence = no problem. Just be sure to remember the cap, as you never know when you may need to submit another EC claim.  


4) But it IS all about impact 

So, you might not be able to get that all-official letter ‘proving’ you were ill, but what you can do is give a detailed description of how your situation has impacted you. This is what EC teams really need to know. Where you describe what has happened, make sure you emphasize how this has prevented you from completing your assessment(s). There is absolutely zero judgement, so it is best to give as much detail as you can. 


5) Your SU is here to help you 

Cheeky bit of self-promo here, but we are truly here to help and I encourage you to use our service. Whether it’s helping you draft your forms, clarifying process, or suggesting examples of evidence and where to get it, we will do our best to assist you toward a successful EC claim. You can also read a full list of how we can help here. 



That’s all from me! Hopefully you are now all clued up on EC’s and how to use them should you have to. If not, you know where to find us!  


Cheers all, 

Chloe x