All students at Brunel University London are expected to attend all lectures and classes and complete all academic requirements for the course, such as coursework and exams. This applies especially to sponsored students because the University must inform UKVI of any students who fail to engage with their course of study. Your academic department monitor your attendance on your course using contact points that you will need to meet. You must ensure that you attend all of the required contact points as part of your programme i.e. lectures, seminars and exams.
If this is not possible for any reason, for example if you are suffering from ill health or you need to temporarily withdraw from your course, you must contact your academic department immediately.
For much of the 2020/21 academic year, many academic events will be held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a sponsored student, you will still need to engage with these, even though you may not be on campus or even in the UK.
The University is required to notify UKVI when a sponsored student is no longer studying, whether a permanent withdrawal or a temporary leave of absence (abeyance). The University will be obliged to withdraw sponsorship of your visa if you fully withdraw from the University, take a period of abeyance of more than two months or if the abeyance will extend your course end date beyond the expiry date of your current visa. If you stop studying you are generally expected to leave the UK as soon as possible and, in such a situation, you would be advised to do so. In cases of abeyance where visa sponsorship is withdrawn, you would be required to make a new Student visa application when you are able to resume studying.