Advice for Research Students
In light of the current Covid-19 situation, we have set up a student hub to provide support and guidance for Law students. We hope that this page will answer your questions, but please do direct any further questions to our Student Services Team and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
I am a TIER 4 Student. What do I need to do about my VISA?
What if my research or Thesis are affected by Covid 19?
You can take a period of temporary withdrawal. If your health or the health of a close relative (for whom you have caring responsibilities) is affected for a period of more than 4 weeks, you can apply for temporary withdrawal for health reasons. During a period of temporary withdrawal, the student scholarship would normally be suspended, however students who are temporarily withdrawn for health-related reasons will continue to receive their scholarship for the first 13 weeks of absence (in a 12-month period).
Can I apply for an extension because my research has been delayed?
The University is aware that the current Covid-19 situation is likely to lead to a number of extension requests from PhD students and is in the process of developing appropriate guidance, focusing first on students who are due to submit in the next 6 weeks. When we have more detailed guidance, we will share this with you.
Will my supervision continue?
Yes your monthly supervisions should continue to take place albeit not face to face. If your supervisor is not in regular contact please inform Law Reception.
I plan to submit my thesis. What will happen?
The Doctoral College has made arrangements for all thesis submissions to be made online (see this for guidance). Examinations will take place via video conference and students due to submit will be contacted by the department, to put arrangements in place for examination.
Where do I find general guidance?
The University's Doctoral College has provided guidance for PGR students relating to COVID-19 which is updated on a regular basis.
We appreciate that library resources are limited. Please be assured that our librarians are working hard behind the scenes to grow the number of on-line resources available.
Academic writing support is now available to students. Please book your place through the Student Opportunities team.