Student Suspensions/Interruptions

Studentships are intended to be held on a continuous basis. Sometimes, however, a student may need to interrupt their studies, for example as a result of their own persistent health problems or those of dependants, or to take up the opportunity of a temporary, short-term post which can be justified as being highly relevant to their thesis or research training.

Please refer to the postgraduate funding guide throughout this process: https://esrc.ukri.org/files/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/postgraduate-funding-guide/

What you need to do if you think you might need to interrupt your studies:

  • Contact us via email at ubel-dtp@ucl.ac.uk to discuss your interruption plans as early as possible copying in your supervisor and departmental administrator. Interruption requests made in retrospect will not be approved, unless they are on medical grounds.
  • Our team will liaise with your supervisor and department to discuss your interruption timeline and financial arrangements. Please note that this process can take up to two weeks. For medical interruptions we might request medical certificates.
  • You will receive an email with the decision regarding your interruption. If your interruption gets approved, we will confirm your new funding end date.
  • Students should also follow institutional procedures to interrupt their registration. Please note this will be administered by your department, not the UBEL Team.
  • Contact us via email up to one month before your planned return date.