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Sickness guidance for doctoral students

If you are ill there is information here on who to inform, where to get medical advice and if you are entitled to any sick pay.

What to do if you are ill

If you are ill and unable to study you should inform your supervisor as soon as possible even if you are studying at a distance. If your sickness absence extends or is likely to extend more than three days you should ensure your Head of Department is informed as per Regulations for Students.

You should make sure you register with the University Medical Centre or a local medical practice as soon as you begin your course, don't wait until you are ill. If you are unsure if you need to see a doctor or need advice when the Medical Centre is closed, if you are based in the UK, you can phone NHS 111 for advice.

If your sickness absence is likely to be long-term you may need to consider suspending your studies.

Sick pay if you are a funded student

If you are funded from a UKRI Training Grant, University Research Studentship or certain external sources you may be eligible to claim sick pay. For more information, contact your Supervisor, Administrator or the Studentships Finance Office.

Sick pay if you are working

If you are employed as a teaching assistant or on another casual contract, hourly paid workers are not entitled to occupational or company sick pay but you may be able to receive statutory sick pay (SSP) after three waiting days and not withstanding personal tax allowances. It is important, therefore, that any sickness absence of an hourly paid worker is reported in good time for payroll purposes in order for any payments to be made.