Changing personal circumstances
Help and support for students who are pregnant, have children or other caring responsibilities, those who have needs related to religious observance or who are facing bereavement or temporary disability.
The University has robust procedures in place to ensure that students' academic activities are not negatively affected by a range of personal circumstances.
The University of Leeds believes that being or becoming pregnant, terminating a pregnancy or having a very young child (including through adoption) should not be a barrier to a student starting, succeeding in, or completing a programme of study at the University.
Our institutional timetable is set to accommodate religious observance where possible. Sometimes issues feel or become more complex at an individual school or service level.
Students who are parents
The policy on support for students who are parents or carers gives guidance on managing the impact that caring responsibilities may have on a student's attendance, and on the level of flexibility that may be appropriate.
Coping with the death of a friend or relative can be exceptionally difficult, and can have a significant impact on all concerned. Find out what support is available for students, and the information staff may need to provide support and help.
Temporary disability or illness can have an impact on how students are able to access learning, and they may need extra support or advice when taking exams. Find out about mitigating circumstances and who to contact.
Extensions to study period (taught postgraduate)
A standard procedure is in place for taught postgraduate students to be given extra time to complete their degree programme. This also extends their library and IT access.