That’s right PhD students are allowed holidays! 🙂 And I’m currently on mine, but while I soak up the sun and some culture during a short trip to Rome I haven’t forgotten you.
I thought it was the ideal opportunity to let prospective students know that just like employees PhD students get a holiday allowance, so while we don’t get the same kind of holidays as undergraduates (disappearing for weeks at a time) we are allowed to break free on occassion. As a full time Research student you are allowed up to 24 days off a year (I would say very similar to my boyfriends allowance at work) plus Bank holidays and University closure days (around Christmas etc.) You submit a leave request to your supervisor/supervivory team and if they are happy with it you can submit it to your department (who maintain a record). The University regulations do say that holidays >1month are not normally accepted (but I can’t imagine taking that long off, it would take me weeks to remember what I was doing before I left!). When I get back I’m dedicating time to my first year report so I don’t need to scrabble around trying to remember what lab work I had planned.
So there you go, a brief look (I am on holiday!) at what holidays you’re entitled to as a PhD student. I have to say I haven’t even come close to using my 24 days, must try harder 🙂 .
Megan (from Rome)
P.S. I continue my European summer by heading to Germany for work in Sept, I feel very well travelled this year.