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Should you suspend?
Should you suspend?

Deciding to suspend your studies can be a difficult decision. It is really important that you are open and honest about your situation so that you can get the support you need at the earliest opportunity. Speak with your school support office, Student Finance, Wellbeing and SU Advice before making your final decision. You will also need to be aware of the implications that the decision has on all aspects of your student life. The deadline for suspending in the academic year 2018/19 is 03 May 2019.

Suspend v EC

This can be a difficult decision, but areas to think about might include whether you are able to attend University, ability and evidence required to comply with the EC process, Credits and Progression, finances, access to services:

 

Access to Student Union Services

Access to the library, unilearn, uni emails

Access to school support office

Access to Careers and Employment Service

Access to Wellbeing and Disability

Entitled to State Benefits (Job Seekers etc)

Do I need to attend university

Suspension

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

EC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Housing

Where are you going to live during your suspension period and how will you pay for it? If you have signed a contract, there is no legal obligation for your landlord to release you from that contract when you suspend your studies and so you may have to pay right up until your contract end date. Discuss this with your landlord. Avoid making commitments for next year such as signing up for a house too early. There is always accommodation available in Huddersfield and so there is no rush to sign up immediately.

Finances

You should be aware that taking time out from your studies may have an impact on your entitlement to financial support when you resume your studies. You should seek advice from your funding provider at the earliest opportunity. The University will inform your funding provider that you have suspended and your last date of attendance. In the case of Student Finance England, they will recalculate your award from the last date of attendance and future payments will cease. It is really important that you contact SFE yourself to inform them of your change of circumstances because you may be able to get some additional funding if your suspension is due to illness, caring responsibilities, bereavement or if suspension would leave you in severe hardship. See the following link for more information about this: https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/1214/sfe_withdrawing_and_suspending_fs_1718_d.pdf SFE will fund eligible students for the ordinary duration of their course plus 1 additional year, minus any years of previous study as a standard rule. Suspending part way through a year does count as a full year.

Council Tax

If you decide to stay in Student Accommodation, you should still be able to get a Council Tax Exemption Certificate so that you don’t have to pay Council Tax for the academic year.

Academic Credits

The University Regulations state that a student who gains no academic credits in two consecutive academic years will have their registration terminated and will be withdrawn from their course. You must speak with your School Support Office who will be able to look at your profile and advise you about the regulations and how they impact on your situation.

Resuming Your Studies

You must be absolutely certain that you are ready to return and that you have resolved the problems that led you to suspend in the first place. If you suspend again in a second academic year – you will have used up your ‘plus 1 year’ and you will have to fund a year of your studies yourself. You may want to consider withdrawing at this stage to preserve your funding and to avoid being withdrawn under the ‘no credit rule’. Returning to Study: The process You will receive a letter from your department asking you to inform them if you are intending to return to your studies. You must reply otherwise the university will assume that you wish to withdraw. Keep in touch with your school support office so that they are aware of your situation and can offer guidance and support if you need it. International Students If you are an International Student who elects to suspend your studies, the University is legally bound to inform the Home Office who will cancel your Visa. This means that you will have to leave the UK within 60 days and return home. You should discuss suspending with the International Office.

Contact us at advice-centre@hud.ac.uk or by phoning 01484 473446  to book an appointment.