The University supports students who wish to take time away from their programme if it is for compelling reasons such as ill health, pregnancy, employment opportunities, financial issues etc. This is known as suspension and the University has a policy on this. Suspension, is not, however, an automatic right and you must apply and have the request authorised by the University in writing.
It is really important that you discuss the academic implications with your personal or senior tutor before making any firm decision.
Your Student Support Co-ordinator or the Admin Deck if you are studying in the Henley Business School can also provide support and assistance as well as giving guidance on the financial implications of suspending.
It is important that you know that you may be charged part of your tuition fee or even the full tuition fee for the year depending on when you suspend from study. Full details of the 'liability points' and dates can be found here. For full details of the University’s Fee Policy please see here.
Information for Tier 4 International Students
Any change to your student status, such as suspending your studies, could affect your immigration status in the UK. The University is required to report any changes in status to the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration and you may be advised to leave the UK.
The Immigration Advice Service provides guidance and advice to students here on a Tier 4 visa who are seeking a suspension from their studies
How do I apply to suspend my studies?
- Download and complete the Programme Suspension Request form. Here is an editable version if you prefer to print out and complete a form by hand.
- Gather your supporting evidence.
- Submit your form, along with your supporting evidence to your Student Support Co-ordinator or Henley Business School contact.
Access to University facilities whilst suspended
You may retain some limited rights to University facilities such as the Library and IT access, including Blackboard. Access to individual modules on Blackboard is not, however, guaranteed, so you are advised to gather all the information you need before you leave Reading. You will not retain these rights, however, if you are suspended for debt or disciplinary reasons.
Our Policy on and procedures for suspensions gives more information on access to facilities whilst on suspension.
Fitness to return
If you have suspended on medical/health grounds, the following form needs to be completed once it has been agreed that you are fit to return form suspension and should be read in conjunction with this policy