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In order to assist both international students and potential employers, the University has published the following vacation dates for the current academic year.

Vacation dates

For students on full-time programmes of study leading to the award of International Foundation Year or Bachelors Degree (BA, BSc, BA (QTS) and LLB).

  • Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 14 April 2019
  • Saturday 6 July 2019 to Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
  • Saturday 21 March 2020 to Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Saturday 4 July 2020 to Sunday 27 September 2020

For students on full-time programmes of study leading to the award of Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MBA, LLM and MTh) or full-time Research Degrees (MPhil and PhD).

  • Saturday 30 March 2019 to Sunday 14 April 2019
  • Saturday 17 August 2019 to Sunday 1 September 2019
  • Saturday 21 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
  • Saturday 28 March 2020 to Sunday 12 April 2020
  • Saturday 15 August 2020 to Sunday 30 August 2020 

All dates are inclusive.

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Guidance Notes

Under the UKVI rules students studying in the United Kingdom on a Tier 4 Visa, are restricted to specified working hours during the term-time as specified in the individual student’s visa contained in the passport.  Usually 20 hours per week, being the seven day period from Monday to Sunday, for BachelorsMasters and Research Degrees and 10 hours per week (Monday to Sunday) for the Foundation programmes

However, during vacation periods, as detailed above, Tier 4 students may be employed on a full-time basis but this work is restricted.  Tier 4 students seeking employment must not:

  • be employed as a doctor in training;
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson (including a sports coach);
  • be employed as an entertainer;
  • be self-employed;
  • engage in business activity; or
  • fill a full-time, permanent vacancy

Migrant students entering the UK with a student visitor visa or Short-term Study Visa may not take paid or unpaid employment.

Potential employers are strongly advised to check both the restrictions detailed in an individual student’s Tier 4 - General visa, and seek guidance from the UKVI directly or via the UKVI website at: https://www.gov.uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work regarding a migrant student’s legal right to work.  Employers are also advised to undertake a Right to Work check or use the Employer Checking Service available through UKVI.

Both Employers and migrant students are reminded that for the purposes of employment or working the UKVI define a 'week' as the seven day period commencing on a Monday and ending on the following Sunday.