Formal student complaints

As a student of the University of Hull you have the right to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your learning experience or other services received. The University defines a complaint as:

an expression of dissatisfaction by one or more students about a university’s action or lack of action, or about the standard of service provided by or on behalf of the university.

Your complaint must be raised within three months of the date on which the event complained about occurred, or on which you could reasonably be expected to have known about the matter.

The Complaints Procedure has been designed to ensure that your complaint is handled as fairly, consistently and as quickly as possible. The following summarises the complaints procedure for students, which should be referred to alongside the full text of the Regulations, which can be downloaded here.


Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, while the University remains open, all teaching and assessment has moved online and most staff are working remotely. As the University remains open, operations and business continues but is conducted and delivered remotely, primarily through digital channels. This means that formal and informal meetings should take place virtually, as far as possible, using e-mail, online platforms and collaboration tools. There may be unavoidable delays to the formal complaints process due to staff absences but we will communicate with you on this. We may also be unable to hold formal meetings due to staff absences and will need to explore conducting these online now. If you have any questions about the Covid-19 situation in relation to your formal student complaint please email

Formal resolution – stage one (departmental complaint)

Formal resolution – stage two (university complaints investigation officer)

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the stage one complaint, you have the right to take your complaint to the University Complaints Investigation Officer within 15 working days of receiving the stage one report.

If your complaint meets the requirements as set out in the Regulations, the complaint will be referred to a Complaints Adjudication Panel within 25 working days. The Panel will hear and determine your complaint and Completion of Procedures letter will be sent out to you within 10 working days of the Panel being heard.

Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA)

Ultimately, if your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction you have the right to take your complaint to the OIA, an independent body established under the Education Act 2004. Provided you have exhausted the University’s internal procedures you will be issued with a Completion of Procedures Letter which will include information about how to complain to the OIA. Further information about the OIA scheme can be obtained from the OIA website