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Higher Education Voluntary Appeal Panel Member

We are looking to form a voluntary external pool to hear appeals from students against decisions made under the University policies.

Role Purpose

How the role will contribute to our University community

Voluntary panels hear appeals from students against decisions made under the University Student Discipline, Fitness to Study, Fitness to Practise and Student Complaints policies and are an important part of our procedures to ensure the decisions made are fair, consistent, timely and improve the student experience.

The University of Bath is fully committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive working and learning environment, where difference is celebrated and seen as a strength and where all members of the University community have mutual respect for each other. The University has a clear commitment to safeguarding which is the overarching term used to describe the protection of the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals as well as systems, policies and cultures through which the University keep students safe from harm and respond when incidents occur. As a voluntary appeal panel member, you will use your keen eye for detail and sound decision-making skills to contribute to our commitment to safeguarding individuals with the University of Bath community.

Role Summary

What the role of appeals panel member involves

We are looking to form a pool of skilful appeal hearers, from which panels of three can be drawn to consider individual cases.

In the role of a voluntary panel member you will be one of a small panel of people who hear and decide student appeals as part of the disciplinary process. Voluntary appeal panel members may also be called upon to determine whether a student appeal submission meets the criteria to be considered by an appeal panel.

You will give careful consideration to each individual student appeal by critically analysing the decision-making that has taken place at the student discipline panel stage, ensuring compliance with internal and external processes and procedures.

This is a voluntary role and you do not need to have specific knowledge on how appeals work or any previous experience in education as full training and support will be provided.


Eligibility for potential applicants

As an appeal panel member you will be:

  • able to use and develop your analytical and decision-making skills

  • open, objective and good at listening to others

  • able to maintain confidentiality at all times and act with discretion

  • provide an important and impartial service to students and the University

A background in education is welcome but not essential and we are particularly looking for applications from all who can meet the following criteria:

  • Must be flexible and able to travel to the University of Bath campus for in-person hearings and be able to attend remote hearings.

  • Must be available to attend mandatory training and induction as well as refresher sessions every two years.

  • Must not be a current employee of University of Bath.

  • Must not have a relative who is currently studying at the University of Bath.

Application Process

How to apply

To apply to be an external member of our panel considering student appeals, you must complete the application form with reference to the role profile by following the link at the bottom of this page.

All completed application forms must be submitted to by 12pm on Friday 29 July 2022 .

The interviewing panel will consider all applications submitted, confirming those who will be invited for a short informal interview.

Interviewing of shortlisted candidates is anticipated to take place in mid-August and will be conducted remotely.

If you meet the criteria outlined above, you can apply to be an appeals panel member using our application form with reference to the role profile

Read the role profile and complete the application form The deadline for submitting an application is 12pm on Friday 29 July 2022.