Leave the University
Follow these steps if you are thinking about leaving your course, deregistering and withdrawing from the University.
Leaving the University means withdrawing completely your course without returning to your studies.
Why you may wish to leave
You may decide to leave the University if you:
Don't like the course content / it does not cover what you thought it would / you're struggling academically
Some courses are not always what you expect, as they can include a number of modules there to give students a wide understanding of the subject. Speak to your course director to find out about the different modules and learning coming up, as while it might not be what you expect now, it may be in the future.
Your course director can also recommend an alternative course of action, such as swapping to another course that might share similar modules/credits.
You can also speak to your course representative who can resolve issues and will also work closely with the course director on your behalf.
Contact the Student Wellbeing team to discuss study tips and learning styles as well as learning stress management techniques to help you study and perform better in exams.
Cannot afford to stay in university / I am in serious financial hardship
Our dedicated Student Money Advice team are there to help.
Whether you are running out of money, are finding it difficult to manage your funds, or if you need additional support, we can help answer any questions.
Contact Student Money directly via email, email@example.com .
your disability or medical condition is impacting your ability to study
Are you in receipt of reasonable adjustments to assist you with your studies?
If not, meet with our AccessAbility team to find out what additional support may be available to you.
If your condition has temporarily deteriorated, you could review options to take a leave of absence or transfer onto a distance-learning course so that you may still complete your studies.
you have personal issues that have made it difficult to attend classes
It has been a challenging year for everyone, and the changes to how teaching is being delivered may be difficult to adjust to. Whatever the issue that is affecting your studies, contact the Student Wellbeing team to discuss it confidentially with one of our team. Following Government guidance, our appointments are currently being delivered remotely via telephone or video conferencing.
you have discovered you're pregnant and unable to complete your course
There is support available, should you find yourself in a position that you cannot complete mandatory portions of your course, such as deferring for a year of taking a formal leave of absence.
However, remember we can also help with any financial or emotional support you may require to enable you to come back to university and succeed. Visit out Student Money website for more information, or contact the team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Leave your course: step-by-step
Follow these steps if you are thinking about leaving your course:
- meet with your Course Director to discuss your reasons and options
- contact Student Wellbeing as they can also provide further advice and support.
- read the Deregistration Policy so you understand the process and what it means
- check the tuition fee liability policy as you many need to pay additional fees
- log your intention to withdraw on your student portal and provide a liability date that will be used to calculate your fees and prevents you from paying additional fees.
- print a withdrawal form and get it signed by your Course Director.
- submit the signed withdrawal form to your campus Registry Office where your student record will be updated.
If you are living in University accommodation, you must inform the Ulster University Residential Services of your intention to deregister.
Deregistration is the term given to a break in study either via Leave of Absence or Complete Withdrawal.
Deregistration can only take place via the student portal if you have already registered as a new or returning student. If you have not registered for the current year and wish to withdraw or take a leave of absence, simply fill in a Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form in consultation with your Course Director.
If you feel you would like to deregister due to difficulties you are having with your studies or University life in general or if you need to deregister for any other reason you should initially speak to your Course Director.
Student Wellbeing can also provide further advice and support.