25 November 2019
Every student has moments during their time at university where they doubt themselves or find things a little difficult. It's important to remember that you're not alone.
There's support at uni if you’re feeling like this and are unsure what to do.
The Student Advisor team at ARU will listen and discuss the options available to you. You can see the student advisors in the drop-in (10-12 and 2-4 every weekday, book at the iCentre), call 01245 686700, or email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermission could be one of the options that you talk about. It's where you take a break from your studies for a period of time, in which you will not be attending lectures or submitting any assignments. Student advisors will discuss speaking to your course leader, to check that your return date works with the modules you're due to take, and that the course will remain available. It may be worth speaking to the Money Advice or Fees team also, as there may be financial implications for those who are not Student Finance-funded.
Once you have spoken with these people and teams, you’ll be asked to complete an intermission form. The student advisors send this to the Student Records team, who process the intermission.
However, sometimes intermission is not the best option. Student advisors may offer extensions or mitigation instead. Or it may be that withdrawing from the course completely is a better option for you.
A key thing to remember is to use the support network at university: your course leaders, student advisors, mentors, and even family and friends. They are there to offer you advice and support when you need it. But, equally, remember to choose the option that is right for you, whatever that may be.
There is useful information in ARU's Academic Regulations which you can find online [login may be required]. See pages 46–7.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank one of the student advisors, Anna B, for providing information to help me write this blog.