Suspension is a process used to pause your studies for personal reasons including health issues.

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Suspension is a process agreed on an individual case by case basis between the student and their College or Department. The process usually starts with a conversation between the student and the Senior Tutor of the College, the Supervisor, Tutor for Graduates or Director of Graduate Studies, but it is worth checking your College/course/project handbook for the suspension process relevant to you. For DPhil students, your supervisor is almost always a good starting point. If you are unsure where to start, feel free to ask us.

Your College/Department may want to know what your reasons for suspension are as well as what you might be doing with the time. Conditions for a student's suspension (such as access to College grounds and facilities, contact with academic staff etc) are usually agreed ahead of the suspension starting. It is important that you are happy with all the terms of your suspension and return before you agree as it may be hard to change these terms once they have been agreed.

How Student Advice can help

We can arrange an appointment with you to chat through your options. All our Student Advice appointments are fully confidential. An appointment does not commit you to a decision about suspension. It is fine to have the appointment and then choose to do nothing.

We can offer practical support on next steps you decide to take. We can talk to you about options offered to you by your College/Department.

We can read and comment on draft emails and statements you write.

We can attend meetings with you if we have availability and you give us two working days notice.

We can arrange a Talk-It-Through Appointment with you. This is a space to talk through the different things you could do and the consequences of each step.

With your written permission, we can initially approach your College/Department with you or on your behalf and open a dialogue about suspension for you.


Book an SU Advice appointment

Student Advice is the only independent advice and information service exclusively available to Oxford University Students. Our advisors are working remotely at the moment due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and are offering advice by email. We will do our best to reply to you within 2 working days. You can call us during term time. Please also check here updates to our service.

Advice on the Phone (term time only)

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Call an advisor 07436225637 or 07436225630. We'll have an initial chat with you about what you need.