Annual leave

All postgraduate research students should take annual leave (holiday) from their studies.

Length of leave

It is important that you take time away from your studies to maintain a work-life balance. 

All students are entitled to take up to 25 days of annual leave per year in addition to bank holidays and our closure days. This leave is pro-rata for part-time students.

You should avoid taking more than 4 weeks at a time.

Requesting leave

Research students are expected to plan annual leave so it does not impact their studies.

You should discuss and agree annual leave in advance with your supervisor or supervisory team. 

Funded students

You should familiarise yourself with your funder’s terms about annual leave as these may vary from the University’s. Usually, stipends continue during annual leave.

International students

If you have a UKVI student visa (formerly known as Tier 4), you should be aware that if a period of leave is followed or preceded by a period of interruption to studies, Student Visas may be required to report your absence to the Home Office.

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