Where previously PGR students were unable to request a suspension of regulations themselves for a change to their registration status, and the supervisor was required to submit an online suspension of regulations request for consideration, PGR students will now be asked to complete the request themselves via the relevant online form, including submission of any supporting documentary evidence. The Doctoral School will then seek the relevant support from supervisors separately (CC Departmental PGR Lead) and will not process the request until this approval has been received.
These requests include the following, but should ONLY be requested in serious extenuating circumstances and not as standard:
- change to start date AFTER 6 months of enrolling;
- change in mode AFTER 2 years FTE of studies;
- Interruption of studies in the writing up year;
- Interruption of studies over 24 months in length (over the duration of the course);
- Retrospective interruption of studies.
These requests will still be recorded as a suspension of regulations request, and the information provided on the online form by the PGR student, and the online declaration statement by the supervisor, must be detailed enough for this purpose, as per the previous process.
For suspension of regulation requests, the supervisor will be asked to provide a supporting statement or rationale for the request at the point they are contacted for their Declaration of supervisor's support.