Intermission - returning to the University
You will find it helpful to start planning your return to your studies a few
months before you are due to start back at the University. You should check your
Essex email account regularly for information about returning.
You will have taken a break from your studies for reasons that may be very
personal and challenging. There are a number of people at the University
who you can contact about any of your concerns before returning, so that you
can focus on settling back into your studies.
As you plan your return to University, some of the practical things you need
to consider include:
If you are returning to a new academic year, you will
need to make your module choices. If you are returning
in October, you should receive an email about module
enrolment in the April before you are due to return. For
advice contact your
Student Services Hub or your department, school or centre.
You will be able to choose your optional modules ready for your return to study
by using the online module enrolment system eNROL, which you may have used last year.
eNROL allows you to select your module choices in a secure web environment. An email will
be sent to your Essex account when eNROL opens but you can also logon to the system using
your Essex computer account username and password to find out when this is scheduled to be.
When you return to our University, you can access
online and face-to-face study support from the
Talent Development Centre.
Students who have returned to study from a period of
intermission have told us that they found it useful to
do some pre-reading. So we recommend that you start some
course reading before you come back to help you get up
to speed. If you are unsure about what to read, check
out your department’s website.
You should contact your department, school or centre
to find out what steps you may need to take in
preparation for your return.
You might like to contact your graduate
administrator, to see whether there have been any
changes in your school, department or centre.
If you haven’t already done so, you should contact
your supervisor to arrange a first meeting and to
discuss how you will pick up your research.
Students who have returned to study from a period of intermission have told
us that they found it useful to do some pre-reading. So we recommend that you
start some reading before you come back to help get you up to speed. You might
want to start reading some articles in your area. Perhaps you could discuss
ideas for some initial reading with your supervisor.
Undergraduate students – first years
If you are intermitting from your degree scheme before the end of the first
term during your first year, and you wish to resume your first-year studies the
following year, you are normally entitled to accommodation again when you
recommence your studies, provided you
apply for accommodation before the published deadline.
All other students
All other students returning from intermission are treated as
If you are a UK student, you will probably need to look for off-campus
accommodation. You can find information about accommodation in the Colchester
area at SU Lets.
You should make sure that your funding is in place for your return to study. If you took a break from studies for financial
reasons, it may be a good idea to seek
financial advice before you return.
If you have an existing debt to our University, you will not be allowed to
register until it is cleared.
If you are entitled to UK undergraduate funding through
Student Finance England, your entitlement may have been affected by your
period of intermission so it’s important to check. You may be liable for your
own tuition fees if you have not made an application for funding prior to your
return to study.
If you have a sponsor who is supporting your studies, you need to make them
aware that you are resuming your studies and check their terms and conditions.
You will need evidence of their funding in order to register.
If you are receiving a scholarship, you need to check the terms and
conditions of your scholarship with the scholarship’s administrator.
If you took a break from studies for medical reasons, you will need to
provide the appropriate evidence before you can register and restart your
This evidence will usually be in the form of a letter or report from a
relevant medical professional confirming that you are fit to study, and will
need to be in English, or a certified translation provided. You can ask your
doctor or other medical professional to complete the
medical evidence to return from intermission form (.pdf).
We will also ask for a completed consent to disclose form, which you can find within the support tab in MyEssex,
under 'Your Wellbeing' relating to the same medical professional.
Contact your Student Services Hub if you have any queries about the kind of evidence you might need to provide.
All returning students need to register. If you are returning at the start of
the academic year (October), you will be contacted by our
with information about registering. If you are returning at the start of the
spring or summer term (January or April), you will be contacted by Registry or
Student Administration (Southend).
Re-engaging with University of Essex life
There are always opportunities to get to know other
students. It doesn’t matter which year you are returning
to, how old you are or what your subject is. Below
are some ways to get back into University of Essex life
and get connected with a new group of students.
Depending on your availability, you might want to try one or all of them:
Returning at the start of the academic year
Returning at any time of the year
- Sign up for Students’ Union sports clubs and
societies – it is never too late to join.
- Check out the activities within your department, school or centre.
- Email email@example.com
about having a peer mentor – a student who can give you tips on settling back
into university life. For instance, they can remind you of how to use the library
and/or online systems.
- Contact your Course Rep for practical advice about how to
get back into your studies.
- Become more employable. Don’t forget to
look out for the Big e. It will help you easily
find your way to the range of opportunities available for you to develop
skills to improve your employability while at university. You can develop your
professional skills through a variety of means on campus and
this will also bring you into contact with other students.
- For research students, why not attend some Proficio
professional development events for doctoral students?
If you have a disability or other specific support arrangements, you should
contact your Student Services Hub and/or any other relevant services to ensure that these
are in place for your return to your studies.
If you have a Tier 4 visa you should have returned home during your break from studies and will need to
apply for fresh entry clearance to return to the UK. You can request a CAS up to four months before your intended
return date. You can use our online form to request a CAS. If you have
any enquiries about immigration contact our International Services Team.