The Fitness to Study procedure begins when your health and wellbeing is impacting your ability to fully participate and engage in your student experience.
Are health concerns impacting your studies? If so, you may be referred to the Fitness to Study procedure.
We’re committed to supporting students’ health and wellbeing, and aim to do this through a series of supportive measures including the Support to Study Procedure and the Student Engagement and Attendance Policy and guidance.
Why have I been referred to the Fitness to Study procedure?
You could be referred to the Fitness to Study procedure if:
There are significant concerns about your capacity to study and manage life at University
Concerns are too great to manage within the University’s support structures
You’re struggling to complete the requirements of your course and adhere to specific professional, regulatory or statutory body requirements, such as PGCE teacher training.
The procedure aims to provide a transparent, thorough and fair process for students.
We want you to feel comfortable throughout this process. You can bring a friend, family member or colleague to accompany you in a supportive capacity during your Fitness to Study panel meeting. Since this is not a legal process, you won’t be able to bring a lawyer to represent you.
In some instances, you might not feel fit to attend your Fitness to Study panel meeting. To make things as easy as possible, there’s no obligation to attend. In circumstances where students can’t make it, they can nominate someone they trust to attend as a witness on their behalf.
What happens next?
You'll receive an email explaining the University’s concerns, together with a copy of the Fitness to Study procedure. Information and evidence will be shared with you that explains the concern. This might include statements from academic staff and others involved.
If you’re well enough, you can continue with your studies during the Fitness to Study procedure. However, if your health is of significant concern to us, we may ask that you pause your studies as a precautionary measure until the panel meeting.
If the panel decides to temporarily suspend your studies, you’ll be asked to provide appropriate medical evidence that states you’re fit to return, meet the academic and professional requirements of your course, and can live independently.
Advice and support
For further information please read the Fitness to Study Procedure carefully and contact the Head of Student Wellbeing Services: email@example.com if you have any questions.
Your wellbeing is our number one priority. We want to ensure you’re supported throughout this challenging time and recommend you seek help and advice from our Student Wellbeing Services. This free and confidential 24/7 support for your concerns, big or small, allows you to talk to someone right when you need to.