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Suspending Your Studies


Suspending your studies can have many implications on you at the time of the suspension and in the future.

This includes the following (amongst others):

  • Your agreement with a sponsor (and in some cases the requirement to pay back or return funds to a sponsor)
  • Your visa and Tier 4 status
  • Your entitlement to funding through bodies such as the Student Loans Company

If you are considering suspending your studies, you should discuss this with your Personal Tutor or Student Liaison Officer in the first instance.

You may also wish to seek further advice and guidance from Student Money and Advice and the International Student Advice Service.

If you then still wish to suspend your studies, you are required to complete a Request for Suspension of Studies Form. You will need to discuss the content of this form and your request with your Course Leader who also may refer you to another university service for further help and advice.

Your Course Leader is required to agree to the suspension of studies and your expected date of return and will do so by considering:

  • Whether our Extenuating Circumstances and Mitigation processes may resolve the relevant issues and make the Suspension of Studies unnecessary
  • Whether a referral to an appropriate service of our university may resolve the relevant issues and make the Suspension of Studies unnecessary
  • Whether the proposed point of return is likely to ensure a ‘fair’ experience for that student in comparison with others studying on that same course
  • Whether the proposed date of return will allow the student sufficient opportunity to complete that level of the course successfully
  • Ensuring that the ‘standards’ of the award will be maintained if the proposed course of action were to be implemented

Once the form is completed, you need to submit this to your Student Administrator who will process the agreed dates you will suspend your studies and your expected date of return.

Assessments will be performed according to our university General Student Regulations.

Get further advice about the implications of changing or leaving your course.

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