These are all the petitions you can go and sign to support no detriment policies

Most petitions have over 2,000 signatures already

Now more than ever before it has become clear that students need academic support systems in place such as safety nets and no detriment policies.  As a result, petitions have popped up across a number of UK unis.

The reasons for the reintroduction of these policies are being flagged by students across the country. They have come as a reaction to the government’s decision to place us in a third lockdown.

Whilst many universities have previously stated that they would not be offering ‘blanket policies’ for this academic year, students are fighting to get them back considering the circumstances they have been left in.

Here’s a list of all the petitions you can sign to support students fighting for no detriment.

The national petition

Almost 8,000 students have signed the national ‘SAVE OUR GRADES’ petition that was started by an Exeter student. The petition is looking to achieve nationwide mitigation for students because we need it now more than ever.

You can sign the petition here.


The Aberystwyth petition which is fighting to reinstate last year’s no detriment policy already has over 1,100 signatures. Students have said that the policy “benefitted them immensely” and should be continued considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic.

You can sign the petition here. 

Bishop Grosseteste

The petition was started following the university’s decision not to introduce any kind of mitigating circumstances policies or no detriment policies. Students are now calling for this decision to be reversed. So far the petition has picked up over 500 signatures.

You can sign the petition here.


Bristol is now in talks about the safety net policy following on from a petition that has already been signed by 1,300 students. Their petition states: “Students have had to deal with not one, not two, but THREE national lockdowns due to rising cases that are now higher than ever, and new strains.”

Not only are they asking for the safety net to be reinstated but for “other mitigations” including revised assessments, deadlines, fees, support over both university and private accommodation costs, and further costs where the value could not be maximised, e.g. gym membership.

You can sign the petition here.


Oxford Brookes students set up a petition following on from those established by Edinburgh and Exeter to reinstate the no detriment policy for the current academic year. Over 2,000 Brookes students have already signed the petition.

You can sign the petition here. 


Brunel students have launched a petition to reinstate the academic safety net following on from the government announcement. The petition is modelled on those launched by other universities and hopes to compensate for the stress that students have been facing this year.

The petition has already gathered 500 signatures.

You can sign the petition here.


Bournemouth University students are calling for their Vice-Chancellor to reintroduce the no detriment policy from last year in all their assessments this year. They say that due to the difficulties of online learning they should be able to access the same no detriment policy and support as students last year.

So far 2,400 students have signed the petition.

You can sign the petition here. 


Cardiff students are petitioning for a stronger safety net in place for students this academic year. This is designed to help students who are graduating this year cope with the pressures of graduating and finals alongside the pressures of the pandemic. 900 Cardiff students have already signed the petition.

You can sign the petition here. 


University of Chester students are calling for safety measures to be reintroduced. 1,700 students have already signed the petition. It hopes to highlight the tough working conditions of Chester students throughout this academic year that have been made worse by the announcement of the third lockdown.

You can sign the petition here.


An Edinburgh student started a petition to try and reinstate their no detriment policy from 2020. They said: “I started this petition because even though it has been almost a year since March, students’ studies are still being massively disrupted by Covid – perhaps now more than ever!”

Since the petition was launched almost 5,000 Edinburgh students have signed.

You can sign the petition here.


The Exeter open letter which has become the precursor to the national petition is calling for the 2020 no detriment policy to be reviewed due to the circumstances that students have been expected to work in during the past academic year. The Exeter petition initially gathered 1,195 signatures but has since been combined with the national petition.

You can sign the letter here. 


King’s students are demanding that the university uphold their safety net policy from 2019-2020 in the coming academic year. They say that since Covid period is evidently far from over then it is more than justifiable to have a safety net in place for students this year.

The petition just passed 1,600 signatures.

You can sign the petition here.


Lancaster students are petitioning for a ‘significant safety net’ following the announcement of lockdown 3.0. The petition has been posted to the Lancaster University Students’ Union website and is seeking blanket coursework extensions and rapid consultations with academic reps to discuss assessment for the rest of the year.

On the Union website, the petition has gathered votes from 740 Lancaster students.

You can find the petition here. 


Leeds students have launched a petition to save their grades after organisers said: “They felt they had been let down by the university”.

They do not think it is fair that they are being held to the same standards as previous years considering what unprecedented times students are having to work in.

Over 2,000 students have now signed the Leeds petition.

You can sign the letter here. 


Liverpool students have set up a petition due to the ‘untenable position’ they have found themselves in. They are calling for their summer assessments to be treated with the same conditions as last year with extended assessment deadlines and a safety net policy.

300 students have now signed the petition.

You can sign the petition here. 

London Southbank

London Southbank Students are not just having to navigate another national lockdown but their Moodle was affected in a cyberattack this week preventing students from being able to access resources from their previous term.

They are demanding the same no detriment policy as last year is implemented to help level the playing field for students in 2021.

Over 300 students LSBU have signed the petition so far.

You can sign the petition here. 


Over 2,800 Nottingham students have signed an open letter to VC calling for reintroduction of ‘safety net’ policy. The students are arguing for the reinstatement of 2020 procedures on the grounds that a degree is not meant to be studied in isolation and that students are currently facing unprecedented amounts of stress and anxiety.

You can sign the letter here. 

Nottingham No Detriment


Queen Mary’s students have not only had to deal with the stress of being sent back onto campus whilst the new variant is raging through the capital but are in the middle of their winter exams and conflicted on whether or not they should stay at home or go to uni. Last night the petition hit 2,000 signatures.

Their demands are short and sweet: “It is pretty self-explanatory: bring back non-detriment!”

To sign the petition click here.


Since the Sussex ‘Save Our Grades’ campaign began over 700 people have signed the letter and the Vice-Chancellor has come out stating that the university will be developing some form of no detriment policy. 

You can sign the letter here.


A UCL student has set up an open letter for students to email their provosts and senior staff members.

The letter can be found here.

UCL Justice for Students set up a petition prior to the third lockdown calling for UCL to reinstate the 2020 no detriment policy this year. The petition has just passed 3,000 signatures.

To sign the petition click here. 

For more information on what’s happening at UCL click here. 

UCL No Detriment


York students are calling for an academic safety net to be introduced for their third year students to protect their final grades from being affected by the pandemic.

The petition has already received over 1,100 signatures and is designed to combat the multitude of hindrances York students have faced this academic year.

You can sign the petition here.

Didn’t see your uni here? Contact us via [email protected]

All figures correct at time of publishing

Related stories recommended by this writer:

 Stranded in the UK or forced to take classes at 5am, international students are suffering

• Government petition to reduce uni fees from £9k to £3k passes 60,000 signatures

• Every university should be implementing a no detriment policy this term, no questions asked