Return to study welfare support

If you return from a period of interruption for health and wellbeing reasons, you may be required to provide medical evidence and a personal statement to indicate that you are well enough to work.

Welfare advice and support

For queries regarding the SSW check, you can contact the Student Support and Wellbeing team by logging an enquiry through askUCL.

Log a query via askUCL

Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) welfare appointment

Student Support and Wellbeing will email you approximately 3 months prior to your return to request this documentation. You will need to provide assurance that your studies will not be detrimental to your health, or your health detrimental to your studies. Furthermore, you may be required to attend an appointment with a Student Support and Wellbeing adviser before you will be allowed to re-enrol.

If you need to provide medical evidence

Your medical evidence should meet the requirements outlined in the UCL Medical Evidence Guidance. It is important that you read the guidance carefully to ensure your medical evidence fulfils the requirements. This needs to be completed by a qualified medical practitioner and should be printed on headed paper or stamped by the health practice or service.

Download the template for medical evidence

You can take or email the template to your medical practitioner for completion.

If it is only possible to provide the evidence in an email form, your medical practitioner must send it directly to Student Support and Wellbeing at student.wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk and include their registration number and full name in the email.

Personal statement

You will also need to write a brief personal statement outlining the following: 

  • confirmation that you feel fit to return to your studies 
  • any support you have had during the time of interruption 
  • any arrangements for ongoing support 
  • any further support you feel would be beneficial for you as you continue your studies at UCL
  • if any specific support is recommended in your medical evidence and is not currently in place, explain how you will go about following the relevant recommendations

It is important that you address all the points outlined here to fulfil the requirements.

What happens next?

Following your return to study welfare appointment, your Faculty will make a decision on whether you are able to re-enrol with UCL.

UCL Workplace Health review

If your course has a fitness to practice or fitness to teach element, for example an MBBS or PGCE, your return to study will be handled by your department and UCL Workplace Health. This may also be the case for some research students.

To find out more, you can refer to the UCL Workplace Health webpage. For queries regarding the Workplace Health review, please contact the UCL Workplace Health team.