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Attendance and Withdrawals

Middlesex University is keen to support all students to help enhance their academic potential.  One of the ways we can do this is by monitoring attendance which will allow us to work with you to resolve issues that may prevent you from attending. 

You should attend all scheduled classes and prescribed activities. For each module, the attendance requirements will be listed in your Module Handbooks. Generally you are expected to attend at least 75% of the scheduled taught sessions for each module – in many cases the requirements are higher (check your Module Handbooks).

Absence from the University

If you experience difficulties beyond your control which prevent you attending, it is your responsibility to:

  1. To report any period of absence, in the case of unavoidable circumstances only, to the Student Office within 7 calendar days of the absence period by filling the Leave of Absence form. For IFP students, the form must be filled within 1 working day.
  2. To fill the Leave of Absence form accurately and completely, and to attach valid evidence as proof of excused absence.
  3. To inform the Student Office immediately in writing if you are withdrawing / interrupting from a programme of study by filling the relevant form (Withdrawal of Studies or Temporary Withdrawal).

As a matter of courtesy, if you cannot attend a scheduled class for any reason you should email your tutor to explain your absence.

Temporary Withdrawal

If, for any reason, you need to interrupt your studies, you will need to receive permission from your Programme Coordinator to suspend your studies and complete the ‘Temporary Withdrawal Form’ available at the Student Office. This will record your period of absence and a place will be reserved for you when you are able to return.

Students who interrupt their studies should be aware that their current academic programme cannot be guaranteed to resume following re-admission as if no interruption had occurred and that it is their responsibility to make themselves familiar with any changes in assessment policy or practice in the programme of study syllabus that may have taken place during their absence.

For details, see university regulations for Temporary Withdrawal in Section C4: Temporary Withdrawal under

Withdrawal from the University

The University lays down formal regulations about withdrawal from the University. The main points are:

  • If you are withdrawing from the University please inform the Student Office in writing or by completing a 'Withdrawal form', without delay.
  • It is for you to decide whether it is more helpful for you to withdraw from the University temporarily or permanently. We strongly advise that you discuss this decision with your Programme Coordinator or a member of the Student Office as there may be other options available to you such as interrupting your studies for a period (see ‘Temporary Withdrawal’ in this section). Also, there will be financial implications to withdrawing and it is important that you fully understand what these are before making the final decision to withdraw.
  • It is important that you specify the date on which you are withdrawing as well as your last date of attendance, as this will impact on any financial liability that you may incur. Should you wish to return to the University within two years of withdrawal (or transfer to another campus/institution), you will need to inform the Student Office before the start of the academic year. If you return more than two years after the date of withdrawal, interruption or transfer, you will need to make a fresh application for admission via the Admissions Office.

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