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15 7 2020

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Sent: 15 July 2020 14:04
To: EnglishHoD, Resource <>
Cc: PGEnglish, Resource <>; PGREnglish, Resource <>; Varma, Rashmi <>
Subject: PG update 15 July 2020

Dear all,

I hope you're keeping well. Whether you're a PGR or PGT, I know your work will have been impacted by Covid. Staff in the department have been really impressed at how well the PG community have risen to the challenges of these times, even though we respect they remain very difficult for you all.

This is a very brief update to let you know campus will gradually come back to life over the coming months. While the University will limit capacity on campus to a third of what it was pre-Covid, some facilities will start to reopen, including the library and study spaces. You will notice when you do visit campus that careful attention has been paid to how you can move around buildings and that hand sanitiser and wipes will be widely available. The library will initially be running a click and collect system for books, which will open next week; and we expect the University Learning Grid and the Rootes Learning Grid to reopen by the end of August.

To keep track of these kinds of update, you can visit the Staying Safe on Campus pages here:

You will also have seen in the news that Universities across the world have had their finances hit very badly by the crisis. The Faculty of Arts, which includes English and CLS, Film and TV Studies, History, Classics, History of Art, the School of Creative Arts, Performance, and Visual Cultures, and Cross Faculty Studies have all been asked to reduce research allowances for staff and PGRs. PGRs are now able to claim up to £150 a year (for three years) for conference attendance only, and can combine this annual allowance where needed. We will raise this allowance as soon as we're able. Attendance at virtual conferences will be covered.

I hope you all can have a break over summer or at least find some down-time in between all of your research and writing. As always, do get in touch with the department if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes,


Professor Emma Mason | Head of Department | English and Comparative Literary Studies | University of Warwick | | @whypoets