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Legal advice: Can I attend university if I am on sick leave from work? 

You may be allowed to attend university if your GP has issued you with a ‘fit note’ indicating which tasks you can and cannot perform, but contact your manager to make sure you are not in breach of contract, says legal expert Marc Cornock. 

You may be allowed to attend university if your GP has issued you with a ‘fit note’ indicating which tasks you can and cannot perform, but contact your manager to make sure you are not in breach of contract, says legal expert Marc Cornock

If you are absent from work due to illness, you can self-certificate for the first seven days. During this time, you are saying you are unfit for all work, including attending university.

After this period, your fitness for work needs to be assessed by your GP. In recent years, changes have been made to the way absence due to illness is managed. Instead of issuing you a ‘sick note’ – which means you are unfit for all and any work – your GP will issue you a ‘fit note’, detailing what you can and cannot do.

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