The power to grant leave of absence rests with the relevant Associate Dean. Requests for leave of absence are referred by Registry to the Departmental tutor concerned and simultaneously to the Associate Dean, to whom Departmental Tutors make recommendations.
Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis but leave of absence is normally not granted, except where there are compelling reasons. These reasons might include certificated illness or pregnancy, or other personal, family or financial circumstances which, in the judgment of the Associate Dean, would make the completion of the degree less likely if leave of absence were not granted.
An opportunity for a student to visit or work in another part of the world will not normally constitute grounds for leave of absence to be granted. Students should make prompt completion of their SOAS degree their first priority.