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COVID-19 Advice for Prospective Researchers

We understand that you may be worried about starting a research course whilst the campus is currently observing the UK government guidance due to Coronavirus, but we're here to reassure you, you can still join Warwick and start international and world class research.

Please note that the following is subject to change as further advice and guidance comes from the University and the UK government. Up to date advice can be found at https://warwick.ac.uk/insite/coronavirus.

The information below may help, but if you can't find the answer - ask us a question by emailing doctoralcollege@warwick.ac.uk.

Applications

  • Applications for postgraduate research remain open. Check the study pages for the most up-to-date information before you apply.
  • If you have a question about applying, please speak to a member of our Student Recruitment and Admissions Team by joining a live chat. If you are currently an applicant or are in receipt of an offer, please note that specific details about your application cannot be discussed in the chatroom as there will be other applicants participating at the same time. However, you will be able to follow up any personal enquiries directly with the members of staff participating following the chat session. Alternatively, you can contact the team by filling out their enquiry form.
  • As the Admissions Service continue to work remotely, the best way to provide documentation or to check the status of your application is via the online Applicant Portal.

Immigration and Visas

  • If you are eligible, you can make a visa application to study at Warwick from within the UK. If you are ineligible to make an application from within the UK, be advised that we are taking guidance from the UKVI, who are monitoring the situation closely. The University continues to publish new information, with guidance from the UKVI as soon as it becomes available.
  • The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is accepting new applications on the online portal. Once you have applied, a decision is expected within 6 weeks. If you have any queries please contact the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Team.
  • If we do not receive your examination results in the time needed to allow for your visa application, the University will make decisions on a case-by-case basis. To further support your visa application in these circumstances, you may wish to obtain;
    • A letter stating the likelihood of completion of studies, with a predicted completion grade from your previous institution.
    • A reference letter from your previous institution stipulating your latest average.
  • We have expanded the range of English language tests we accept, including some new online tests. We are also offering a free six-week pre-sessional English course for postgraduate students who are intending to progress to courses at Warwick. The course is open for applications from postgraduate students who hold an offer containing an English language condition for courses starting in academic year 2021/22, subject to meeting the entry requirements listed on the PSE website. There is no formal award. Successful completion of the course will allow you to meet the English language condition of your offer.

Enrolment

  • You should plan to start your research on your course start date. Currently we are operating a blend of in-person and online activities, and you should be able to engage with the preliminaries of your research. We are running online induction events throughout the year.
  • For the 2021/22 academic year, you can can enrol remotely and begin to do your research remotely - assuming that this is acceptable to and agreed with your academic department.
  • Once you have confirmed your start, the enrolment team will email you with further instructions on how to complete online enrolment; you must still do this even if you are studying remotely. There are currently no 'in-person right to study immigration checks' taking place, so if you are already in the UK you will be told how you can provide us with evidence of your passport and UK immigration permission.
  • Should you wish to defer your start date, we recommend that you take your time to consider this with your academic department and make an informed decision once more information is available. Please bear in mind that some of the documents submitted as part of your application may no longer be valid for entry if you defer your start date. If your request is approved by your department, the Admissions Service will consider this when deferring your application and may ask you to meet some conditions again. You can find further advice on the Admissions webpage.

Arrivals

  • Advice on traveling to and entering the UK can be found on the Gov.UK pages and we advise you review this information before making any travel plans.
  • We are actively monitoring the UK government’s advice and guidance relating to inbound travellers to the UK. This helps us ensure that we have the right measures and arrangements in place to support our new students for the next academic year. We do have flexibility to accommodate later arrivals onto campus if there are delays in leaving your home country. We will continue to monitor all travel restrictions and we will provide updates where necessary.
  • Postgraduate Researchers are not required to be present in the UK to start their PhD (unless there is a department-specific requirement to do so). Should you be unable to travel, you may be able to start your PhD remotely upon agreement with your academic department.
  • There is support available for incoming students who are required to pay for managed hotel quarantine because they’re travelling from a country on the UK Government’s red list to start or continue their studies in September 2021.

Campus & Community

  • Campus continues to gradually reopen in a safe manner but the Doctoral College induction programme for new postgraduate researchers will continue to be delivered online, but we hope to introduce in-person events as the opportunity arises. We aim to welcome you to the University and support your experience of starting out on a PhD.
  • The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is our first and foremost priority. We continue to support our students on campus, implementing social distancing measures in line with current Government guidance for the reopening of campus. Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.
  • Before the Autumn term begins, we will ensure the facilities, services and surroundings are cleaned and maintained to the highest standard possible. Our comprehensive support network will be there for you whenever it’s needed. We want you to know that, as soon as you come to study, we’ll be working hard to make you feel safe and reassured, whether you’re on or off campus.
  • There are multiple ways to build your PGR community and make friends both face-to-face and virtually. Keep your eyes on the Doctoral College website for up-to-date news and events that you might want to be part of when you start. You can start and do this now, as well as take advantage of the continuing reopening of campus in early October (Including retail, entertainment and sporting facilities). As these facilities reopen, we will rigorously observe social distancing practices as guided by the UK government and Public Health England.

Accommodation

Scholarships

  • The PGR scholarship applications for 2021/22 have now closed. We will start advertising for the 2022/23 academic year August/September so keep a check on our scholarships pages.
  • If you have been awarded a scholarship, you will begin to receive payments upon starting your course. Where you have a UK bank account (which require a UK home address), payments will commence under the University's current practice. If you do not have a UK home address, there are several International and digital banking options. The university does not recommend any one account for you to use, and you should also be aware that not all online banking solutions are protected by a recognised financial regulatory body (e.g. the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK).