Can you get references from uni tutor if you've withdrawn from the programme?

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I've recently started the second year of a part-time MSc but have decided to withdraw and get an exit award in favour of full-time employment. My job offer is conditional on references from all employment & education in the past 3 years and my MSc personal tutor has said she'd be happy to provide one but that she'll need to check that she's able to with the Programme Director.

I'm quite surprised that she would have to check with the Director and am now very concerned that I may not be able to start this job... Does anyone else have experience of getting references after leaving a uni course early?
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It’s surprising that she needs to get consent from the programme director. It should. Count since you were on the program for an entire year, of which you even got an award. I don’t see how it should be problematic.
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(Original post by gemplzx)
I've recently started the second year of a part-time MSc but have decided to withdraw and get an exit award in favour of full-time employment. My job offer is conditional on references from all employment & education in the past 3 years and my MSc personal tutor has said she'd be happy to provide one but that she'll need to check that she's able to with the Programme Director.

I'm quite surprised that she would have to check with the Director and am now very concerned that I may not be able to start this job... Does anyone else have experience of getting references after leaving a uni course early?
Have you withdrawn in good academic standing - in other words, there is no failure or misconduct or anything, just a decision by you to leave with a different award and terminate your course early? If so, it shouldn't be difficult to get a reference and I agree that it's slightly surprising that your personal tutor should feel the need to seek a go-ahead from her line manager.
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(Original post by Bleuciel_)
It’s surprising that she needs to get consent from the programme director. It should. Count since you were on the program for an entire year, of which you even got an award. I don’t see how it should be problematic.
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Have you withdrawn in good academic standing - in other words, there is no failure or misconduct or anything, just a decision by you to leave with a different award and terminate your course early? If so, it shouldn't be difficult to get a reference and I agree that it's slightly surprising that your personal tutor should feel the need to seek a go-ahead from her line manager.
yeah i have withdrawn with good academic standing! i've had some issues with attendance but this was due to mental health issues - i'm averaging a distinction and the tutor is aware that i'm very driven and have maintained good grades even when balancing my studies with work, volunteering, my grad entry medicine application (and all the entrance exams that go along with it)... i'm hoping she's just being overly cautious? it's certainly reassuring to see i'm not the only one who's surprised by her response
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I think your tutor is just being cautious and checking your uni's policy. Maybe they haven't had such a request from an exiting student for a while.

I have seen quite a few references from people that were leaving their previous place of study, so I think it's unlikely to be an issue.
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I think your tutor is just being cautious and checking your uni's policy. Maybe they haven't had such a request from an exiting student for a while.

I have seen quite a few references from people that were leaving their previous place of study, so I think it's unlikely to be an issue.
fingers crossed!! thank you!
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yeah i have withdrawn with good academic standing! i've had some issues with attendance but this was due to mental health issues - i'm averaging a distinction and the tutor is aware that i'm very driven and have maintained good grades even when balancing my studies with work, volunteering, my grad entry medicine application (and all the entrance exams that go along with it)... i'm hoping she's just being overly cautious? it's certainly reassuring to see i'm not the only one who's surprised by her response
I agree with Admit-One then: she's just being super cautious I think. Nothing to worry about, I'm sure.
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