Temporary withdrawal is an approved absence from university. The University rules for temporary withdrawal are contained in Regulation 36.1 (5-9)
You can, in certain circumstances request a temporary withdrawal from your course normally this will be on health or personal grounds. Further information can be found on the University website including the application form.
The University guidance says, students may apply for temporary withdrawal for financial, personal and medical reasons and for pregnancy, also for some visa difficulties eg where an overseas national fails to obtain a visa in good time to attend their course.
You should initially talk to your Personal Tutor, or an appropriate person in your department, to consider if temporary withdrawal might be an option for you. We would also recommend talking to an Advisor in the Student Advice Centre. So we can discuss all the implications of a temporary withdrawal and any consequences it might have before you make a final decision.
There are rules that apply to temporary withdrawal, and the application must be made on the correct form.
Once you have decided you need to make an application for temporary withdrawal, these are the steps and stages the application will normally go through:-
- Complete the application form
This form will contain all the information relating to your application. In it you have an opportunity to explain why you need the temporary withdrawal, make sure you explain fully how your circumstances are affecting your ability to study at this time.
- Get all the supporting evidence together, eg medical certificates.
- Submit your application,once you are satisfied you have all the information together, submit your application to the Director of Graduate or Undergraduate Studies in your department for consideration.
- Academic Office, if your department supports your application, they will forward it to the Academic office for approval.
- Approval, if the academic office approves the application for temporary withdrawal, they will notify you and your department confirming last date of attendance, date of expected return and new expected completion date.
Things to think about
- You should contact the Student loan Company as temporary withdrawal is likely to affect your student funding, and you may be asked to repay any money you have received for the period you are withdrawn from the University.
- Student Funding and the SU Advice can also give you full advice about the financial implications of Temporary Withdrawal.
- Housing costs, you may not be able to get out of your contract or find someone to take it over, resulting in you having to continue paying your rent.
- You will not normally be eligible for any state benefits, though you will continue to be exempt from Council Tax.
- You will normally be allowed to use the University IT, library or other facilities, but do check with your department that this is going to happen.
- While you are on temporary withdrawal, you remain a member of the SU subject to some restrictions.
- If you are in receipt of the Student exemption for council tax this should continue while you are on temporary withdrawal.
- If you withdraw for medical or health-related reasons you will be asked to supply a medical certificate confirming you are fit to resume your studies
- You are not normally allowed to withdraw temporarily for more than two consecutive years, or for more than a total of two years over the duration of the course. There is further guidance on the length of time allowed on the University web page for Temporary Withdrawal
- If you are an international student it may not be possible for you to take temporary withdrawal and remain in the UK. Take advice from the Immigration Service at the International Office, by telephoning 024 7657 5229 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Student Advice Centre
If you want more advice you can contact the Student Advice Centre.