Postgraduate researcher FAQs
Last updated 17 November 2020
This is a very fraught and challenging time with many stresses and adjustments – we appreciate it must be incredibly difficult for all PGRs. As ever, we hugely value your work and contribution to the University and will do everything we can to inform and support you as this situation develops.
We're exploring every option to alleviate and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your research. The University’s Senior Leadership Team have allocated funds to support PGRs with a funding end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 - further information about extensions can be found below.
If you have specific questions that are not addressed below please feed these through to your supervisor and/or your PGR support team. Manchester Doctoral College (MDC), including the Students’ Union PGR officer, meets at least weekly to discuss PGR concerns. PGR reps from each Faculty join us for monthly briefings on the University’s position and provide input. The MDC will continue to work collaboratively with PGR reps to address your concerns - we welcome your feedback at email@example.com.
Further support and contacts
- What should I do if I (or someone I live with) has symptoms of COVID-19? Do I need to report this to the University?
- My illness is not related to COVID-19, do I need to report this to the University?
- Can I apply for an interruption?
- Will I have access to my study and research areas?
- Should I stop working now while non-essential facilities remain closed?
- What if I am unable to continue my research remotely?
- How should I remain in contact with my supervisor/supervisory team whilst working remotely?
- How can I get access to MATLAB?
- Can I get a laptop?
- I’m having problems accessing online learning, where can I get support?
- Can I request additional software / equipment specific to my research area?
- What Library services and resources can I access?
- Can I access a University PC cluster remotely?
Return to campus
- When will I be able to access campus?
- Is there guidance for how to stay safe when we return to campus?
- Do I need to wear a face covering while on campus an in University buildings?
- I have resumed my on-site research, but the University has temporarily moved to online teaching (Department for Education Tier 3). Do I have to suspend my research?
- What should I do if I, or someone I work with, contracts COVID-19 on campus?
- I need to self-isolate, is there any support or guidance available?
Progression and assessment
- Will I still need to do my annual review/continuation review?
- Can I let my examiners know about the impact COVID-19 has had on my research / thesis?
- I am due to submit my thesis, is this still possible?
- I have a viva scheduled, will this still go ahead?
- Can I take additional electronic devices into my viva?
- My programme requires the completion of taught units. How will I complete these?
- I have completed my viva remotely and additional research / lab based work is required, however I cannot access my lab, what should I do?
- I am currently on an approved Interruption from study but am due to return. Can I still return?
- Can I transfer to part time study if I can’t work remotely on my research full time at the moment?
- My supervisor is returning or is involved in clinical duties due to COVID-19 and this may impact on their ability to provide me with supervision/guidance, what should I do?
- I have questions regarding my student accommodation for the academic year 2020/21, where can I get advice?
PGR support and wellbeing
- Are the University wellbeing support services still available?
- How can I look after my wellbeing whilst working from home?
- I have an existing condition, I am registered with Disability and Advisory Support Service but I am too ill to study remotely. What should I do?
- Is a hardship fund available to PGRs?
- Can I still apply to the Living Cost Support Fund?
- Will my project funding / stipend payments continue?
- Can I apply for a funded extension to my research?
- Why must I wait until three months before my deadline to submit an extension request?
- I have been granted a 6-month UoM-funded extension due to COVID-19. If I submit before the extension deadline, will my stipend payments stop?
- Can self-funded PGRs change the payment plan for their tuition fees during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Will the University refund part of my tuition fees?
- Will I still need to pay a submission pending fee if my submission pending application is approved?
- Where can I find COVID-19 advice and information from the major funders of grants and studentships?
Graduate Teaching Assistants
- I work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). What happens to that role now that we have moved to remote working?
Fieldwork, placements and events
- I am currently away from the University conducting fieldwork/on a placement. What should I do?
- I have fieldwork/a placement scheduled to start soon - can I still go?
- I am registered to attend an event/conference. Should I go?
- Can I make a travel insurance claim if travel arrangements for a trip related to my research have been cancelled?
- What should I do if my research/project involves face-to-face contact with people? What research involving human participants should stop?
- Can I continue to collect data involving human participants?
- I want to do some research into COVID 19, how can I get ethical approvals?
- Do I have to seek an amendment to my ethical review if I need to extend the end date of my data collection due to the coronavirus situation?
Training and development
- What is happening with training and development workshops for PGR students?
- We are hosting a PGR led event, should we cancel it?
- How do I get support with Research Data Management?
Further support and contacts
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health or email the Doctoral Academy
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
For advice, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I do if I (or someone I live with) has symptoms of COVID-19? Do I need to report this to the University?
Yes - if you or someone you live with have COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow the instructions detailed on the Staying Safe on Campus webpage. If you test positive for COVID-19 you MUST notify the University by completing this online form. You should also inform your supervisor and PGR support team. If you are unable to carry on with your research you may self-certify for a period of up to 14 calendar days.
Yes, please inform your supervisor and local PGR support team. You may self-certify for a period of up to 14 calendar days.
Yes, please follow the interruptions procedure for PGRs.
The University is progressing with a phased re-opening of some research and study facilities on campus. We are working in line with government guidance and prioritising your health, safety and wellbeing. University guidance remains that PGRs should continue to work/study remotely wherever possible. We recommend that you speak to your supervisor or local PGR support team for more detailed information about returning to campus and refer to the reopening website for the latest updates.
No. PGRs will be expected to continue working on their research remotely, if possible, until further notice. Please follow guidance issued by IT Services on support to work remotely and discuss with your supervisor tasks that can be reasonably completed whilst remote working. If your main supervisor is unavailable, please liaise with your supervisory team.
Some useful links relating to data management include:
If you are unable to continue working, you should make your supervisor aware of this and discuss the options with your supervisor and local PGR support team; these options might include an interruption or extension request, depending on the length of time you are impacted. If you are considering an extension application please refer to the PGR Funding section of the FAQs.
Provided that your supervisor is in good health and therefore working remotely, contact should be maintained during this period (e.g. by email, phone or Zoom). If your main supervisor is unavailable, you should liaise with other members of your supervisory team. All eProg milestone deadlines should continue to be met.
The University has a licence to download and install the full suite of MATLAB products on to staff and students’ own or University-provided computers. This will enable teaching and research to continue more easily whilst we are all working remotely. Further details regarding access, installation and who to contact if you have technical issues are available on BMH announcements.
Due to the limited supply of loan equipment, please use your own devices or the remote desktop service wherever possible. If you need help log a ticket in the Support Portal and request a call back. If no other device is available, you can request the loan of a University laptop by completing the ‘Request a laptop or return IT equipment’ form in the Support Portal (you'll need to login first). Please ensure that you get authorisation from your supervisor before submitting the request. Requests are subject to authorisation by your Faculty Leadership Team. As equipment is prioritised for essential workers during this period, we cannot guarantee that you will be provided with a University laptop.
We are introducing a single email address that you can contact for support with accessing the University network, online learning and assessment: email@example.com
Please liaise with your supervisor about your requirements so they can assess what options are available and formally put forward a request for additional support where appropriate. Further information on the process is available on the staff FAQs.
The Library is working hard to safely reopen their sites so that you can access the physical collections and study spaces again. The pilot phase of this re-opening began in July 2020, with the provision of some limited in-person services (including a click and collect book borrowing service and bookable study spaces in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons). Full details on this phased reopening and how to access services can be found on Library website.
You can also access one of the most extensive collection of digital resources in the UKfrom any location and device. You can search and access this electronic content using Library Search and/or install browser extensions which provide easier access to the Library’s subscribed e-content.
If the Library does not hold electronic copies of the books that you need, there is the order a book service and the resource will be procured where available. The order an article service is also open and if the Library does not hold an electronic copy of the article needed, this can also be obtained by completing the order form.
The Library has also been working closely with publishers to provide access to additional e-resources, including e-books, during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak on a temporary basis. More information is available on the Library resources website.
For information about other Library services that are available online please check the Library service availability page.
Yes, the University now allows PGRs to remotely connect to PCs in computer clusters using the Remote PC service. This easy-to-use service means you can download software to access the cluster PCs, or you can even access them using your web browser.
Return to campus
The latest information is available on the campus reopening Staffnet site. Planning work for the future reopening of campus is ongoing – detailed plans and guidance will be updated as soon as they are available. Information specific to your own return to campus will be communicated to you directly by your Faculty as plans progress. If you have any queries please contact your supervisor or local PGR support team directly.
Yes, please refer to the Keeping safe on campus: Guidance for PGRs document. Also, to help you to understand more about the virus and how to keep yourself and others safe, the University has developed a 40 minute COVID-19 awareness course in conjunction with public health experts from our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and colleagues from the Students Union. The course is called 'COVID19 Health & Safety' and is available in Blackboard now, via the 'My Communities' section of your course listing.
Yes, you should wear a face covering inside our buildings in public areas where other people are present - including teaching spaces. Please refer to the University face covering guidance for full details.
The University will provide you with two free washable face coverings. Please contact your local PGR Support Team for details on how to collect these.
I have resumed my on-site research, but the University has temporarily moved to online teaching (Department for Education Tier 3). Do I have to suspend my research?
No - postgraduate research is an essential part of our University activity. We expect research to continue or resume on-site where possible, with working arrangements adjusted in line with our guidelines for COVID-19 secure working. Despite the shift to Tier 3 for teaching, research in labs should continue to follow existing arrangements and with approved safety protocols in place. If your research involves face-to-face data collection, fieldwork or travel please read the FAQ on Data collection and the restart guidance. Also, For more information on the Department of Education COVID-19 Tiers please refer to this useful guide.
The University has developed guidance for COVID-19 infection on campus. This is for everyone working on the campus - including staff, students, line managers and supervisors. It describes everyone’s responsibilities and what to do if someone on campus develops COVID-19.
Yes - we have created an online resource for any students who need to self-isolate. This will be updated regularly in line with national and local guidance. You can also send any questions to a dedicated team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progression and assessment
Yes, reviews should go ahead remotely. This will provide you with the opportunity to consider your progress over the last year, discuss any impact that COVID-19 has had on your research and agree any further support that may be required during the next progression period.
Supervisors and reviewers will take into account the extent of any disruption caused to your planned programme of work andthe review will focus on providing constructive feedback rather than a judgement on your progress (where there are progression issues unrelated to the disruption caused by COVID-19, normal policy will be followed).
Yes, as further acknowledgement of the disruption that the pandemic has caused many of our PGRs the University is encouraging PGRs who wish to make their Examiners aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on their research plans / thesis to prepare an Impact Statement for inclusion with the examination copy of their thesis. Examiners will be asked to take these statements into account when assessing the thesis, and PGR at viva.
Details on what is required in the statement and how to include it in your thesis have been added to the Presentation of Thesis Policy (section 6.3) but please also refer to the guidance document, discuss this with your supervisors and contact your local PGR support team if you have any further questions.
Yes. All PGRs are required to submit their thesis electronically but the University won’t require physical copies of the thesis until further notice.
All vivas should either be conducted remotely or postponed to a later date. If vivas go ahead remotely, internal examiners should record that all participants are happy to proceed. The normal policy on applying for permission to conduct the viva remotely is currently being waived .
Remote vivas must be conducted using the technology that most suits the participants (e.g. Zoom). An ID check must take place at the beginning of the viva (e.g. showing your student ID card/Passport). Please contact local PGR support team, if you have any further questions and also refer to the guidance on remote vivas.
Yes, if you don’t have a hard copy of your thesis, you can take in one additional electronic device from which to access it during the examination. This device should be declared to examiners at the start of the viva and should be muted with internet access disabled. Further information on viva examinations held by video link is available here.
I have completed my viva remotely and additional research / lab based work is required, however I cannot access my lab, what should I do?
Please contact your supervisor and your local PGR support team for further guidance.
Due to the current position of remote working, you should discuss your return from interruption with your supervisor and local PGR support team.
It may be possible to transfer to a part-time programme of research, but this will be dependent on your programme, the terms and conditions of your funder (if you are funded) and government guidelines and visa status. You should therefore contact your supervisors and local PGR support team to discuss your options.
My supervisor is returning or is involved in clinical duties due to COVID-19 and this may impact on their ability to provide me with supervision/guidance, what should I do?
We understand some supervisors are returning to clinical duties which may impact on their ability to provide the usual level of supervision/support. In these cases please liaise with your co-supervisor where possible and also contact your local PGR support team if this is likely to impact on any upcoming deadlines.
PGRs should follow local guidelines around seminar programmes and all teaching and training events will be delivered according to instructions from the course organiser.
Regrettably, there will be no in-person graduation ceremonies this year (2020). Students who complete their degree requirements will, of course, still graduate - even though there won’t be an immediate ceremony. Certificates will be sent by post, so please make sure your student record is up-to-date. For more information please read the Coronavirus update: December Graduation FAQs.
I have questions regarding my student accommodation for the academic year 2020/21, where can I get advice?
PGR support and wellbeing
Yes, the University’s support services and the Togetherall (a free 24/7 online mental health and wellbeing support service) are also available to all PGRs. There is also useful advice on the PGR Life wellbeing page.
The Counselling and Mental Health Service will deliver a series of workshops over the summer. These have been tailored in response to the particular challenges COVID-19 poses in looking after and supporting mental health and wellbeing. To stay updated on the programme as it develops and register for workshops, visit the Counselling Service pages.
We recognise that during this uncertain time remote working is not easy. Here are some excellent ideas about how to manage this and stay well. You can also refer to the guidance on our PGR Life website.
I have an existing condition, I am registered with Disability and Advisory Support Service but I am too ill to study remotely. What should I do?
Please contact your supervisor/supervisory team and Faculty/School PGR support team for advice. Further information can also be found on the DASS website. You should follow the most recent NHS advice at all times.
In response to the pandemic, an Emergency Hardship Fund was created thanks to over a million pounds in generous donations from alumni, staff, students and friends of the University. Manchester Doctoral College have been successful in securing £200,000 from the fund to support PGR students in financial hardship due to the pandemic.
The fund is now open for PGRs facing real and demonstrable financial hardship. For full details on eligibility and the application process please refer to the PGR COVID-19 guidance document.
Yes, PGRs are still eligible to apply to this fund for all non-COVID-19 related hardship support. The LCSF can award both small grants and loans, and is now open to all students regardless of mode of study or nationality. You can find further details on the student support pages.
Many PGRs are understandably concerned about their research and funding. During this period, all PGRs who are still within their funded period and in receipt of a studentship or funding processed by the University, will continue to receive their stipend payments up to the end of their current funded period. Any issues should be discussed with your local PGR support team.
We are making a major financial commitment to supporting PGRs through this difficult time - the University will cover the cost of approved programme extensions up to six months if you meet the criteria outlined below. If the progress of your research has been impacted by COVID-19, you should contact your supervisor and local PGR support team to discuss whether an extension is needed and view the guidance provided in the Extensions due to COVID-19 Procedure for PGRs. The funding of any extension will be dependent on the source of funding for your studentship and the stage you are at in your programme.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer blanket funded extensions for all PGRs, as the pandemic has had (and will continue to have) a severe financial impact on the University. We're introducing a number of measures to try and mitigate the financial impact of this loss and are actively involved in discussions with the UK government to seek support for universities. However this loss of income is likely to have a significant impact for some time. Dealing with extension requests case-by-case will allow us to assess the complex situations facing individuals and ensure that our finite resources are distributed most effectively.
Prior to making an extension request, all PGRs should first discuss with their supervisor / supervisory team whether an extension is required in order to bring their work to completion at doctoral standard. PGRs and supervisors should bear in mind the intellectual and practical competencies expected of doctoral candidates, as set out by the QAA doctoral characteristics document. These emphasise that doctoral degrees should be awarded based on the quality of the work rather than the quantity of the research undertaken.
In some cases PGRs may have already met the required doctoral standard, without having to complete all of the work originally planned. Alternatively these competencies could be met by adjusting the original research question, or by re-scoping the project in order to address the topic by undertaking research remotely. For examples, see the Rescoping PhD projects in response to COVID-19 impact: Guidance for Supervisors.
Where more time is required for writing up only it may be possible to be awarded an extension to submission deadline without need for a funded extension of programme. Your local PGR Support Team will be able to advise you.
UKRI funded Doctoral PGRs: UKRI offered funded programme extensions of up to 6 months for Doctoral PGRs with a funding end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021, who had not yet submitted their thesis, and whose research had been affected by the pandemic. The deadline for applying for these extensions has now passed and the UKRI are now in the process of reviewing how they may be able to support PGRs with funding end-dates beyond 31 March 2021.
Wellcome Trust funded Doctoral PGRs: Wellcome Trust funded PGRs with a programme end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2021 have been contacted directly by their Programme Director.
Other funded PGRs: Other funded PGRs with a programme end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021, who are in receipt of a stipend processed by the University, should continue to keep a log of any lost time and will be able to submit a request for an extension within three months from their funding end date (programme end date) in order for you to better assess the length of extension required. Part time PGRs should submit their request within 6 months of their funding end date (programme end date). The University will cover the cost of approved programme extensions up to 6 months relating to COVID-19 where your funder is unable to financially support an extension period. The University will cover extensions up to UKRI standard stipend rates. PGRs should refer to the full guidance provided in the Extensions Due to COVID-19 Procedure for Postgraduate Researchers.
Externally funded/sponsored students where the PGR receives their stipend/living costs directly from their sponsor: If you receive your stipend or living costs directly from your sponsor (rather than the University), you will need to check if your sponsor is able to pay for any additional living costs should you wish to apply for an extension. The University is not able to fund living costs in these circumstances.
Salaried Research Fellowship Holders: If you are funded through a doctoral fellowship and your salary is processed by the University, then you should refer to the terms and conditions of your funder. If your funder cannot support the costs of an extension, the University will cover the cost of approved extensions of up to 6 months for tuition fees and a stipend at UKRI rate. Please contact your local PGR support team for advice.
Self-funded PGRs: Self-funded PGRs with a programme end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 should continue to keep a log of any lost time and will be able to submit a request for an extension within three months from their programme end date in order for you to better assess the length of extension required. Part time PGRs should submit their request within 6 months of their funding end date (programme end date). For approved programme extensions of up to 6 months duration due to COVID-19, the University will waive any tuition fees due during the extended period. You can also apply for support for living costs during any approved extension period via the University’s Living Cost Support Fund or the PGR COVID-19 Hardship Fund.
PGRs with programme/funding end dates beyond 31 March 2021: We would like to reassure PGRs at an earlier stage of their research that we have not forgotten about you. You should continue to keep a log of any lost time - you will be able to submit a request for an extension within three months of your programme end date in order for you to better assess the length of extension required. Part time PGRs should submit your request within 6 months of your funding end date (programme end date). Whilst the university will be extremely sympathetic in granting extra time to those who require it, the extent to which any approved extensions can be funded will be dependent on the terms and conditions of your funder. UKRI has committed to reviewing their position over the new next few months and the University will review its own policy along similar timelines. This approach is being taken by many universities.
PGRs in 'submission pending': You can apply for an extension to your submission pending deadline of up to 6 months, by providing an evidence-based case for why you are unable to complete the writing up of your thesis during the submission pending period. Applications for an extension to your submission pending deadline should be made within 3 months of your submission deadline – they will be considered under your local extension request process.
PGRs who have been examined and referred for re-submission of the thesis: You can apply for an extension to your re-submission deadline of up to 6 months, by providing an evidence-based case for why you are unable to re-submit your thesis by the required deadline. Applications for an extension to your re-submission deadline should be made within 3 months of that deadline – they will be considered under your local extension request process.
We want to give you the extension appropriate to your individual circumstances. If your deadline is more than three months away, it won’t be possible to fully assess how big the impact has been upon your research and what remaining work is needed to complete your research to doctoral standard.
I have been granted a 6-month UoM-funded extension due to COVID-19. If I submit before the extension deadline, will my stipend payments stop?
If you are awarded an extension but submit before the end date of the extension, the University of Manchester (in line with current UKRI Training Grant terms and conditions) will continue to pay your stipend for the remaining financial quarter or up to the extension end date (whichever comes first) and then payments will cease. The end of financial quarter dates are 31 December, 31 March, 30 June and 30 September.
Any self-funded PGR who is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can request information on a new payment plan by emailing email@example.com.
We expect PGRs to be continuing with their research remotely, and the University continues to support all PGRs to achieve their outcomes. As such we will not be refunding tuition fees. If you are struggling to conduct your research remotely, please contact your supervisor and local PGR support team to discuss an interruption/extension request.
The University will waive the submission pending fee for any PGR with an original programme / funding end date between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 (before any COVID-related extension may have been applied), regardless of their funding source. If you meet the end date criteria and your submission pending application is approved then the fee will be waived automatically. If you have any questions please first contact your supervisor or local PGR support team.
Graduate Teaching Assistants
I work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). What happens to that role now that we have moved to remote working?
GTAs will be expected to deliver their scheduled, contracted teaching online where possible. In all circumstances, GTAs will receive payment for the work they were contracted and scheduled to undertake, whether they are able to deliver this online or not. The guidance for online teaching and learning provides practical ‘how to’ guides and advice on how to provide and deliver teaching content online. To supplement the online guidance a new Yammer Group - Teaching & Learning Online Network (TALON) – has been set up for staff to share their skills and expertise in online learning and offers a forum for colleagues to share tips and guidance.
Fieldwork, placements and events
If you are a PGR on fieldwork or placement, please refer to local government coronavirus guidance on National Health Service and Public Health England. For advice on foreign travel please refer to The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. PGRs should discuss this with your supervisor and PGR team.
The gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions within the UK and internationally has enabled the resumption of some research activity and some research related travel. Where your fieldwork/placement does not require travel outside of Manchester, or if government advice permits non-essential travel to your intended destination, then it may now be possible to proceed. In all cases you should refer to the newly devised Guidance on Resuming Research Activity in the COVID-19 Environment. This covers research involving travel - including field-based activity, research involving direct/in-person contact with human research participants (on and off campus) and research conducted on the premises of an organisation other than the University of Manchester (including PGR placements). If you have any questions regarding fieldwork/placements please contact your supervisor or local PGR support team.
You must follow government advice regarding travel and social distancing, and refer to travel advice for foreign travel. PGRs should discuss any concerns with their supervisor.
Can I make a travel insurance claim if travel arrangements for a trip related to my research have been cancelled?
Trips need to have been approved by supervisors for the claim to be valid. If this is the case, please visit the University’s latest guidance on what to do in the event of travel disruptions due to coronavirus.
What should I do if my research/project involves face-to-face contact with people? What research involving human participants should stop?
It remains the University’s position that current research involving participants should be conducted remotely wherever possible. While social distancing measures are in place, the resumption of research involving direct contact with research participants will require additional research governance approvals. For full details please refer to the Guidance on Resuming Research Activity in the COVID-19 Environment
Data collection which does not require direct personal contact can continue during this period - such as via Skype, telephone or electronic surveys/questionnaires. Where possible, projects should be adjusted to be conducted remotely. Research will only be permitted to continue face-to-face if there is an exceptional reason such as clinical need or a significant ethical rationale for non-immediate cessation. Any continuation of face-to-face research will require University approval - please refer to the Guidance on Resuming Research Activity in the COVID-19 Environment. Advice is also provided via links below:
- For information about how to adapt your project or continue a project on exceptional grounds that has NHS REC approval, go to the Faculty Research Governance website
- For information about how to adapt your project, or continue a project on exceptional grounds that has UREC approval, go to our research ethics page
If your research involves NHS patients, visit Sponsorship Approval.
If your research does not involve NHS patients, visit Research Ethics.
Do I have to seek an amendment to my ethical review if I need to extend the end date of my data collection due to the Coronavirus situation?
For details about studies that have NHS Research Ethics Committee (NHS REC) approval please refer to the Health Research Authority.
University-approved studies that have been approved via the University Research Ethics Committee or through a Department/Division/School process via the Ethical Review Manager (ERM) and have an ‘End Date of Data Collection’ listed as any time between the 15 March 2020 to 15 September 2020 will automatically have their end date extended to the 15 March 2021.
The ERM system will still generate Progress/End of Study Report notices according to the original date of ethical approval. If you are still collecting data when completing your Progress/End of Study Report, please indicate when data collection will end and that your study has been granted an automatic extension as outlined above.
Important note for students:
This extension ONLY affects the ethical approval for data collection in your study. Submission deadlines for theses and dissertations etc are set and managed by your study programme and are handled separately by the programme. You should seek additional clarification and advice from your Programme Director, Tutor or School Administrator if you are uncertain about your submission deadline.
The Home Office website publishes regular updates - if your visa expires soon, please keep checking this site for advice and details of how to extend.
You can contact the University’s student immigration team for further advice.
Training and development
Faculty training teams and the Library My Research Essentials team have moved to online delivery where possible.. If you have any further questions please contact the appropriate training provider:
- FSE Researcher Development
- Humanities Researcher Development
- FBMH Doctoral Academy Training Programme
- The Library – My Research Essentials
All PGR-led events or seminars scheduled for the current academic year should be cancelled, postponed or if possible converted to an online equivalent. If you would like to reach out to other researchers, or promote online materials, please contact your local PGR support team.
Two online resources which cover some of the content that face to face training sessions would normally go through are available via Research Data Management and Research Data Explained. Both can also be accessed through the MRE webpages. PGRs can also request support directly from the Research Services team.
More general information is also available via the MRE blog in response to the challenges now being faced by researchers. Regular updates are posted via the Library twitter handles @UoMLibResearch and @mlemanchester.