If you are absent during your studies

Find out what you need to do if you have missed lectures or exams.


You must read and follow the University regulations if you miss lectures, a coursework or assessment deadline or an exam.

If you think you might miss a deadline, you must follow these regulations before the deadline for that coursework passes. 

If you are not sure about what you need to do, contact your school's office.

If you do not feel well enough to sit an exam or assesment then you must contact your school prior to the start of the exam. The University regulations state clearly that you can self certify for your illness. You do not need to see a doctor or nurse to prove to the university that you were unwell in the day of the exam.

Medical certificates will only be issued for illness lasting longer than 7 days.

Medical certificates

If your school asks you to submit a medical certificate email L81133.admin@nhs.net, to ask for one. Say why you need a medical certificate and if you need further support from the University.

Your data

We will keep records of the information provided in the forms you submit about your absence.

If you frequently self-certify absences, your school may ask you to provide a medical certificate.

Information will be recorded and processed in line with the Data Protection Act.

Further information

Make sure you fill out the correct form for your situation, these forms and instructions can be found on the University regulations page. Detailed information on the steps you need to take is on the self-certification form and the extenuating circumstances form.

You should talk to your school or department about your situation and they will tell you what you need to do.

The Students’ Union also has advice about what you can do if you have missed your studies.


You must submit work on time unless an extension has been agreed by your School. If you have been ill, you may be able to request an extension. 

Contact your school to discuss an extension.

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