If you would like to transfer programmes, or withdraw from your programme and leave the University, we would recommend that you contact the Student Hub for advice on practical implications such as financial and contractual issues. We would advise that you speak to your supervisor or someone within your department about your concerns to discuss your options before reaching a decision. If you would like advice on the process or transferring or withdrawing, as well as help with the applications for these, please get in touch with us or the GSA, and we should be able to guide you through the process.
A leave of absence allows a student to take a break from their studies for a minimum of 4 weeks, and a maximum of 1 calendar year in the first instance. To start the process of leave of absence, students must apply to the department in the first instance, and the application is normally supported by their supervisor. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you speak to your supervisor regarding this, preferably before applying for leave of absence.
Applying for a leave of absence from your studies could be for a range of different medical or personal reasons. Any student can apply for this, however, it might not always be approved. If you are applying for leave of absence for health reasons, it is likely that you will need third party professional evidence in support of your application.
If there were exceptional medical or personal reasons that negatively impacted on your ability to engage in any study at all, it might be possible to request for repeat of study, however, this would need to be supported by strong evidence from a third party professional that your circumstances impacted on your ability to engage in study at all. This is necessary to ensure that you do not have an unfair advantage over other students.
If you are planning to take a leave of absence or repeat study, or this has been recommended to you, there are some practical implications such as student finance, housing and visa status that you will need to consider. Whilst we can guide you through the process of applying for a leave of absence or repeat of study, we would strongly advise that you contact advisors at the Student Hub for information and guidance on practical implications of the decision you have received.