Who can I talk to
It is important that you talk through your reasons for withdrawing with relevant support staff before you leave. This is to ensure that you are making the right decision for you and that you are aware of any problems you may have as a consequence of withdrawing
Your Personal Tutor is your first point of contact within you department if you have concerns about your progress on the course. S/he will listen to you sympathetically and make some suggestions that you may not have thought of. It may be that all you need is some encouragement or perhaps some help in planning your work schedule.
If you need academic support your Personal Tutor will be able to point you in the right direction. However s/he will not try to persuade you to stay on the programme if it is not in your best interest.
You may prefer to talk to someone outside of your department. You can call, e-mail or drop-in to see a Student Adviser on any of the main campuses. They will listen in confidence and present you with your options. They can also advise on the consequences of withdrawing from your programme in relation to funding, benefits, housing and immigration.
Students often approach Student Advice & International Student Support with practical problems that seem insurmountable. Student Advisers can help with debt, benefit claims and appeals, immigration applications and housing issues as well as a range of other practical issues that students may have. If they are unable to assist they will help you to find advice from another source. All discussions are held in confidence.
Careers Advisers are available on all sites and can advise you on career and course options. They have up to date information regarding other universities and can help you think through what might be the best long term option for you.
If personal problems are affecting your studies you may wish to speak to a Counsellor before deciding to withdraw. Counselling sessions provide a regular time and space in which to share, explore and understand the nature of your problem. The counsellor can help you to gain a different perspective on yourself and/or your problems and aid you in making choices and changes that feel right for you. Counselling sessions are private and confidential.
The College Chaplains are across the College if you need to discuss any personal or spiritual issues in complete confidence. You don't have to have a spiritual crisis or be a Christian to see a chaplain. They are practised listeners, and have a wealth of experience of supporting people through relationship and work difficulties, spiritual and vocational issues.