Guidance for students on obtaining medical evidence from the Medical Centre or Cheltenham Road Surgery for use when requesting mitigating circumstances has been issued.
- Mitigating circumstances can be requested via a Helpzone or Senior Tutor for unforeseen ill health having an impact on your ability to study / submit assessed work.
- You should plan for unforeseen circumstances when deadlines are due. Sore throats and viruses are common and your GP is unlikely to provide a medical certificate in these situations. Once a year (only) you can use an MC1 to claim a 48 hour extension for these purposes
- The NHS is not contracted to issue medical certificates (sick notes) for the University of Gloucestershire. This is private work for doctors; your GP can therefore charge an administration fee for issuing one.
- The Medical Centre and most surgeries won’t charge you for a sick note if you have a significant illness or if there is a good reason (e.g., imminent exam).
- The Medical Centre generally only issues sick notes for the University for illnesses that are likely to last more than a week or if you are unwell and about to have an exam or miss an assessed presentation. No notes are given for missed lectures, with the exception of Category A modules.
- Your GP will not be able to provide a medical certificate for symptoms you report to them; they will need to confirm your ill-health based on their own observations / investigations / judgement.
- Sick notes are unlikely to be backdated (unless there is evidence you were unable to attend your surgery prior to your visit). Please do not ask the doctor / nurse for a retrospective note as they will not have the evidence that you were ill.
- Should you be unable to attend your surgery due to your ill-health, you should attend as soon as you are able (and give reasons why you were unable to attend previously).
- If you are requesting mitigating circumstances due to mental ill-health, such as stress or depression, you will need to show you have sought medical help, counselling or professional support over several weeks before a supportive note from the relevant professional can be considered.
Procedures for Mitigating Circumstances are separate to the reasonable adjustments made for disabled students. Adjustments to study for ongoing ill-health reasons should be arranged in advance via the Disability Advisers (01242 714541 or email@example.com
.) However, disabled students should not be asking for extensions through the MC process on top of arrangements already made by the Disability Advisers based on the same evidence.