Personal Tutors and Student Support Teams

Interruption of study

How to support a student wishing to apply for an interruption of study.

A student experiencing difficulties in their personal circumstances which make them unable to study may apply for an interruption of study.  During an interruption, a student pauses their study at the University, usually for a year or a semester in the case of taught students, and restarts at the same point following the period of interruption. Interruptions of study may not be applied retrospectively.

Interruption of study application process

Interruption of study applications are approved by Schools and Colleges. A student who wants to apply for an interruption of study, should complete an application with the help and support of their personal tutor and student support team.

Arrangements for applying for interruption of study and returning after one, can vary between Schools and Colleges. If asked to assist a student to make an application please check the process with your School office.

Interruption of study length of absence

A single period of authorised interruption of study cannot exceed one academic year unless authorised by the Head of College. The total period of authorised interruption of study is the same for both full and part-time students and cannot exceed 100% of the prescribed period of full-time study.

Accepted evidence for interruption of study applications

Students must provide evidence to support their applications. Contact your School or College to find out what forms of evidence are acceptable.

Fee implications for interruption of study

Queries about how an interruption of study might affect a student’s fees or student loans should be passed to the Fees team.

Contact the Fees and Student Support team