A student may decide to apply for an ‘Interruption of Study’. Whether to continue studies will be a very personal decision and will depend on a range of circumstances. The University’s Absences and Interruption to Study policy will provide information on how to apply for an ‘Interruption of Study’. A student will also need to consider how this may impact on student finances. There may also be some circumstances where the University will require a student to take an ‘Interruption of Study’, but the student will always be consulted on this decision. This may occur, for example, where a module which is a core requirement of the programme of study is considered a high level risk to the health and safety of the mother or the unborn child.
Students can take an Interruption of Study for up to 12 months on the grounds of parental leave. Some students decide to take this time out near to when their baby is due but it depends on how you are coping with your course during the pregnancy. To take an Interruption of Study, it is advisable to speak to your Personal Tutor or Supervisor to discuss any academic implications. You can also talk to the Advice and Money Team in the Student Support Centre about applying for an Interruption of Study. Postgraduate Research students would also need to contact their department and relevant Research Council regarding extending the submission date for their thesis.
The University would encourage you as a new mother to seek advice from your Doctor or Health Visitor about how much time you need or should take off following the birth. Once you know, please refer to the Absences and Interruption to Study policy. Employment legislation stipulates that new mothers take at least two weeks off. If you are on a course of professional training or are receiving a bursary from a professional body you should check your minimum or recommended absence periods with the professional body concerned.
You may also need to consider the implications of any extended period of absence on any funding which you receive whilst attending your course. The Advice and Money Team within the Student Support Centre can give advice on this.