Leave of absence


Sometimes research students encounter unforeseen personal, medical or financial difficulties that make it temporarily impossible for them to continue with research full-time. Other students – especially those studying part-time – may find they have to accept different sorts of short-term fixed-contract work because of financial necessity. In such situations you should seriously consider, in consultation with your supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, taking a period of leave of absence. This is not a decision to be taken lightly: it is difficult to return to full-time research after a period of absence, and many students can have problems readjusting. However, if on serious consideration, you do feel this is the best course of action, you may make application to the Faculty, via Research & Innovation Services, for a period away from full-time research.

The application form for leave of absence is available from the Research & Innovation Services here. You and your supervisor should complete the relevant sections and pass the form onto Beky Hasnip, the Postgraduate Support Manager for consideration by the Director of Graduate Studies.

If you are granted leave of absence, you will be notified of your new completion date. In the case of students who are funded by an external body such as the AHRC approval will need to be obtained before taking leave of absence. Your completed form will first be sent to the Scholarships Office in RIS for approval before being forwarded for Faculty Approval. Leave of absence is not a suitable recourse for students close to submission and cannot be considered as an alternative to an extension for those who have run out of research time.