I'm a PhD student in my 2nd year. I have a disability support plan because of chronic fatigue. A month before Christmas, I began to feel worse than usual because of severe vitamin deficiencies. I told my Supervisor, and he suggested I suspend. I asked the PGR coordinator for advice, and he told me to apply for a suspension through TULIP.
I wasn't well at the time - the deficiencies severely impaired my cognition - and thought it would be OK if I gave my medical evidence later. I now find this is not the case, I should have suspended, and they rarely allow a retrospective suspension of studies.
The question is: what shall I do now? I feel so stupid and think it might be best if I quit.
Are you being asked to terminate your studies because you took an unauthorised leave of absence due to your illness? You are in your second year so presumably still within your registration period which is typically 3-3.5 years here in the UK. If so, technically you still have 1-2 years before you need to submit your thesis, i.e., you haven’t failed to meet the thesis submission deadline. Can you please provide further clarification?
First thing I would do is contact your supervisor. It might not be a big deal. Explain the mistake and see where you stand.
If no one has said it, it's likely they haven't noticed it- have you missed a reporting period etc?
You will get great advice on this forums-however in this instance the best thing to do is contact your supervisor asap- any see where you go from there.
Many thanks, Nead and rewt; I Took your advice and explained the situation to my supervisors. They were incredibly supportive about the situation and keen for me to continue with my project. They said they would help me catch up on my supervisions, too. I overthought the problem and sent myself into panic mode. All's well that ends well. Thanks again :)
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