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Reinstatement

NB: If you are returning from a period of medical intermission, you should not apply for reinstatement. Please see guidance on returning from medical intermission. If returning from non-medical intermission you do not need to submit any application.

Whether students can/need to apply for reinstatement depends on the reason why the student was withdrawn from study.

Reason

Eligibility to apply for reinstatement

Student did not submit their thesis for examination by their submission deadline (research students only)

Eligible for reinstatement when ready to submit their thesis/dissertation for examination

You should not apply for reinstatement until your thesis is ready for submission for examination.

If you were withdrawn as you did not meet the deadline for submission of your thesis for examination and less than six months have passed since you were withdrawn, you do not need to complete a reinstatement application form. Your reinstatement will be processed upon submission of your thesis, following correspondence between the Student Registry and your Degree Committee. If you are ready to submit your thesis but technically are not able to do so due to not having Raven access, please contact your Degree Committee who will request that Student Registry reinstates you. Reinstatement will reactivate your Raven access.

If you were withdrawn because you did not meet the deadline for submission of your thesis for examination and more than six months have passed since you were withdrawn, you will need to apply for reinstatement. You should not apply for reinstatement until your thesis is ready for submission for examination. Please note that if you do not submit your thesis for examination within two weeks of reinstatement being approved, approval may be withdrawn and you may be required to submit a new application.

Student did not submit their corrections by the deadline (research students only)

Can apply for reinstatement when ready to submit their corrected thesis. Please note that if too great a period has elapsed since your withdrawal, your examiners may no longer be available to check your corrections, in which case your application for reinstatement would have to be declined.

Student did not submit their hardbound thesis by their submission deadline (doctoral students only) You do not need to apply for reinstatement

Non-payment of fees

Can apply for reinstatement when fees have been paid in full

Withdrawn from study by the Postgraduate Committee on progress grounds

Cannot apply for reinstatement, unless permissions to do so is explicitly stated in the email confirming removal.

If you are permitted to apply, you may be required to submit work for scrutiny by your department or Degree Committee before being allowed to resume your study - please see below.

Student applied for temporary withdrawal

Taught Masters students - Can apply for reinstatement when ready to resume study. The timing of teaching and assessment might dictate the appropriate return date for taught Masters students.

Postgraduate Research students - Can apply for reinstatement when ready to resume study (if minimum number of research terms not yet complete) or submit your thesis. Temporary withdrawal from study does not change your thesis submission deadline. On reinstatement, if your thesis submission deadline falls before you can complete the required minimum number of terms of research, you will be granted an automatic deadline extension (to the last day of the term in which the minimum terms of research requirement for your degree is met).

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If you withdrew because you were not well enough to study, you will need to provide medical evidence to show that you are fit to return to study.  

You may be required to submit work for scrutiny by your department or Degree Committee before being allowed to resume your study. If the time that has elapsed since your withdrawal (or since the start of your intermission if you withdrew immediately following or soon after a period of intermission) is so great, or the progress you made before withdrawing is so slight, it is possible that your Degree Committee may recommend that you should not be reinstated. They may advise that you should be given leave to reapply for admission instead (that is, to apply in competition with other first-time applicants to begin the course afresh).

How to apply

You should apply for reinstatement online via your Extended Self-Service. If you have previously completed a course of study (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University of Cambridge since 2013 you will have been given a ‘Raven for Life’ account and should be able to access your ESS via the normal CamSIS login page:

https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/accounts-passwords/leaving

https://www.camsis.cam.ac.uk/

If you have not completed a course previously, (or you completed prior to 2013) you should be able to register and create an ESS account in order to access the reinstatement application form.

If you are not able to access your Extended Self-Service you can complete the paper copy reinstatement application form.

Contact

If you have any questions about withdrawing from the University or about reinstatement, please write to the Student Registry at recordsandexams@admin.cam.ac.uk.