From time to time, you may need to make changes to your programme or inform us of changes to your personal details.
Change of Address
Transfer of Mode of Study
Change of Supervisory Arrangements
Modification of programme of work
During your research study, you may require to make changes to the programme of work approved at the time of registration. Form RS6a should be completed in situations where the project direction has changed substantively. You do not need to complete this form if the project title changes but the nature of the project remains the same, as it is expected that your project title may undergo refinement throughout the duration of your studies.
Studying away from the University?
Leave of Absence
If you find that circumstances such as ill health, family considerations, pressures of regular employment (part-time students only) or other personal matters mean that taking a leave of absence of up to one year is the only practical solution, you should complete an RS8 form.
You should note that, for those in receipt of scholarships, absences for the purposes of taking up employment are not normally permitted. You should note that no application for leave of absence will be approved retrospectively. In situations where you are unable to complete the form in advance, notification of the start date and the nature of the illness should be sent to the Doctoral College within the first week of absence in order that the absence may be recorded.
The completed RS8 form together with medical evidence, where appropriate (i.e. Fitness for Work certificate), should then be submitted to the Doctoral College within two weeks of the first day of absence. Failure to do so may mean that the absence will not be approved and additional time to complete the research programme may not be granted.
If you hold a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK you should note that a leave of absence which extends the duration of your programme will result in the Home Office curtailing your leave to remain in the UK. In these situations, you must return to your home country and re-apply for a further Tier 4 visa once the period of leave of absence has elapsed.
Extensions of Time
If you find that you are unable to submit your thesis by your stated deadline, you may need to apply for an extension of time. The University has an extensions policy and associated forms, which should be completed depending on your situation. Such requests to extend must be completed in advance of the submission deadline, as applications for extensions will not be approved retrospectively.
You may apply initially for a four month period of extended registration (via RS9 form). At this stage, your progress will be assessed by the Faculty prior to approving the extension to ensure that there is evidence that a properly prepared plan of work is in place. If approved, this extension will be authorised by the Faculty and there will be no fee for this initial extension.
Following this period, you may apply for a further period of extension of no more than three months using the RS9a form, or for exceptional circumstances warranting a fee waiver, the RS9b form. This request should be accompanied by a detailed summary of progress, a revised plan of work and medical or other evidence in support of your application (particularly if you wish to request a fee waiver under exceptional circumstances). Exceptionally, further three month extensions may be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of the Doctoral College.
Review of progress against submission deadline
If you require an extension of time, your Faculty will monitor the new anticipated date of submission via the RS9c Review of Progress to ensure that appropriate progress is being made during the extension periods. The Faculty will arrange a meeting with you and your supervisory team to assess progress and will complete the RS9c to record and approve progress against the submission deadline.
Withdrawal from programme
If you are in a situation where your continued study is not possible, you may consider withdrawing your registration. It is recommended that this option is discussed fully with supervisors and/or the relevant Post Graduate Tutor before any decision is made.
If you decide to withdraw, Form RS10 should be completed, giving, as far as possible, the reason for withdrawal. As part of this process you are required to undertake an exit interview with the Research Director to ensure that all other options have been exhausted. Given that withdrawals are not permitted retrospectively, your last date of attendance will normally be the date of notification of withdrawal.
Funded researchers should also be aware that there are likely to be financial implications if they choose to withdraw and should discuss their situation with the Doctoral College.