Thinking about leaving?

It’s really important to think carefully about the reasons why you want to leave University, it’s a big decision! You may feel homesick, or have medical concerns, you might be experiencing exam stress; perhaps you think you have chosen the wrong course, or money worries might be causing sleepless nights.

It may seem that such issues leave you with no choice but to withdraw from studies, but there are often solutions to make it possible for you to stay on course or take a break from your studies for a period of time.

To ensure that you are making the most informed choice, the Student Support Team can discuss options with you in confidence.

Come into The Enquiry Centre where the Student Support Team run a drop-in service, or email to make an appointment.

Changing course

Transferring course is probably more common than you would think. However, whether a transfer is possible depends on a number of factors. We’ve put together a Guide to transferring course of the next steps to help you make the change. If you have questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the Student Support Team.

Taking a medical break or temporary withdrawal

If you’re going through a difficult time, or you’re unwell and need to take a break from study, then you don’t need to withdraw permanently.

Taking a leave of absence is not a sign of weakness and is a better option for many students than permanent withdrawal. The process exists to help you prepare for success and gives you the opportunity to develop yourself, improve your health, deal with a family issue or sort out your finances, whilst taking a break from your studies. The break is an opportunity to better prepare yourself for academic success on your return. We’ve also produced a checklist which lists some of the common contacts you’ll need if you’re thinking of taking a break or withdrawing.

Permanently withdrawing

Sometimes it’s the right decision to permanently withdraw from study. This will be a difficult decision, and you will probably have a lot of questions about what happens next. If you would like to speak to a member of the Student Support Team in confidence about your decision, and your options, come into The Enquiry Centre where the Student Support Team run a drop-in service, or email to make an appointment. We’ve also produced a checklist which lists some of the common contacts you’ll need if you’re thinking of permanently withdrawing.

Returning to University after a break in study, or repeating a year?

Understandably, coming back to University from time away can be difficult, whether you’re returning from a medical break, temporary withdrawal, repeating a year or having spent time away whilst participating in an Exchange programme.

We are proud of our reputation for a great student experience, and for developing a supportive, caring and compassionate culture on campus.

Before you return from a break, you can speak to the Student Support Team about preparing for your return to study, or you can contact Disability Services if required.

There are a variety of services which can also help you to settle back in and progress once you’ve returned: