It is important when you start studying at the University that you have adequate funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses for the whole duration of your study. However, there may be times where you may need additional funding to support your studies. Many students take part time work to help fund their studies.
Tier 4 visa work restrictions
If you are on a Tier 4 visa there are very strict rules governing what work and how much work you can undertake during your studies. If you break these rules you may have your visa withdrawn and be required to leave the UK, and you may be subject to University disciplinary action.
You may not work in excess of the limit stated on your Biometric Residence Permit in any week (a 7-day period beginning with a Monday). Undergraduate students are not subject to the working restrictions during vacation periods. Sponsored students should also note any additional restrictions imposed as a condition by their funding body.
Most of the Tier 4 work restrictions do not apply to students sponsored under the Doctorate Extension Scheme after studies have been completed.
In addition to the usual part-time work, being a research student presents a number of additional opportunities.
University activities may include:
- Exam invigilation
- Research Associate opportunities (if related to research degree)
- Subwarden roles in the University halls of residence
- Open Day helpers
In the first instance, speak to your School to find out what opportunities they may have.
If you are not in receipt of a studentship or any other source of funding you should discuss the number of hours that you are intending to work each week with your School. It is important that this does not impact on your studies.
Studentship award holders
If you are in receipt of a studentship, you may undertake teaching, demonstrating and, subject to the approval of their Department and sponsor, other paid work directly related to your training, provided that the total demand made on your time, including time spent in preparation, does not exceed an average of 6 hours per week.