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Suspension of Studies

Policy and procedural information

The University supports students who wish to take time away from their programme of study if this is for compelling reasons related to ill-health, parental leave, financial issues or personal reasons. This is known as a suspension of studies and is explained for students in the following documents:

Section 7: Suspension of Study for Taught Students Policy 2021-22 (PDF 0.2 MB)

Learn more about suspension of studies for research students

Financial implications

Before requesting a suspension of studies, it is important that you understand the financial implications that this might have:

Suspension of Studies Full Time (PDF 0.2 MB)

Suspension of Studies Part Time (PDF 0.2 MB)

How to apply to suspend your studies

If you are considering taking a break from your studies you should consult your Associate Head and/or Academic Tutor without delay. Following this discussion if you feel you need to suspend your studies you should then complete a Suspension of Study Application Form and send this together with your supporting evidence to your School. If you leave university without seeking approval you may not be re-admitted to the University when you wish to return.

If you are on a degree apprenticeship course you need to complete the following form: 

Information for Student Visa international students

If you are an international student on a Student Visa your visa status in the UK will be affected if you suspend your studies. The University will report your suspension to the UK Home Office and you will be required to leave the UK as your Student Visa will be curtailed. You will then be required to apply for a new visa before you return to your studies after your suspension. For more advice on immigration issues please contact

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