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Updated PGR FAQS: MATLAB, hardship fund, volunteering

01 Apr 2020

Frequently asked questions are updated regularly

This advice is correct at the time of publication of this news article.

If you have health concerns then you should refer to the NHS website as recommended by Public Health England, however to make other queries regarding the current situation you can email

We will be updating the staff frequently asked questions on a regular basis.

The latest questions are:

How can I get access to MATLAB?

The MathWorks has provided The University with a licence to download and install the full suite of MATLAB products on to both 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.

Is a hardship fund available to PGRs? 

We want as many PGRs as possible to be able to continue with their research and we are widening access to our student hardship fund and making it easier to make an application. The fund, which can award both small grants and loans, is now open to all students, regardless of mode of study or nationality. Further details can be found on Student support or by emailing

How can I find out more about volunteering? 

We know that many of you are keen to volunteer at this time to offer your support. Further information on how to volunteer is available for both students and staff.

More information