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Postgraduate research students and the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Find specific answers if you're a postgraduate research student below. You can also see the general FAQs for students.

Questions and answers for postgraduate research students

The University has taken a decision to cancel all overseas travel until further notice. If you had plans to travel overseas for any reason, this will no longer be possible until further notice.  You should discuss the implications of the cancellation with your supervisory team and Faculty Director for Postgraduate Research as it may be possible to reschedule or redesign your research programme to minimise any impact.  

All UK travel is currently restricted to business critical only.  Postgraduate research may not be considered as business critical, although we understand it may be critical to your programme of study.  You should discuss your plans and the implications of any cancellation with your supervisory team and Faculty Director for Postgraduate Research as it may be possible to reschedule or redesign your research programme to minimise any impact.  

Working with your supervisory team and the third party / parties affected, you should consider ways in which your research design might be revised to avoid face-to-face contact now (e.g. Skype or telephone interviews), or to reschedule your planned research activities (e.g. undertake an alternative stream of your research now and return to this element later).  In the event that there is no alternative to face-to-face contact now, you may wish to consider suspending your studies. We have an online procedure on e:vision through which you can do this.   

You are advised to discuss this with your Supervisory Team and your Faculty Director for Postgraduate Research who can advise you on the impact of suspension on your studies and what this would mean for you when you return to the University.   
   
Suspending may mean that you don't progress or graduate in your expected timescales and it may have implications if you are studying on a Tier 4 visa, so please do take advice before taking this step.  

You should make contact with your supervisory team as a matter of urgency to discuss your current working and living conditions.  The University will provide advice to students affected in this way on a case-by-case basis.  

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our priorities.  We are working to a default position that on-campus research activity will cease as soon as possible but by 5pm on Friday 27th March.  Many students will still be able to continue with their research activity remotely. We are aware that for some research ceasing operation may require a phased process and in these cases, you should agree a phased plan with your supervisory team as soon as possible.  

If you are based within a company or institute external to the University (i.e. registered on an extramural basis), then you should follow the working arrangements of the organisation within which you are based.  You should remain in contact with your supervisory team and keep records of your meetings in the normal fashion.

You should report any delays in progress, and these will be assessed via the University’s standard extension procedures.  No academic penalty will be applied to students as a result of COVID-19 impacting on their study.    

Current Government advice is that everyone should work from home where possible, and so we are asking all PGRs to do so. 

The University will work with the relevant funding bodies to provide the progression information they require to maintain funding in the usual way. If funding body advice changes, they will let you and the University know so we can respond accordingly.  If your circumstances change, please let your Supervisory Team know. If you find yourself in financial hardship, please contact money@bradford.ac.uk.  

For progression vivas, where practicable, arrangements will be made by the supervisory team and examiners to take place via Skype.

For final viva, the option of a viva via Skype, or a face-to-face viva at a later date will be discussed and agreed by the PGR and the supervisory team.  The PGR’s preference will be accommodated.

If your preference is for a face-to-face viva at a later date, your expected timescales for completion may need to change and it may have implications if you are studying on a Tier 4 visa, so please do take advice before taking this step.

Further information and guidance on Tier 4 visa requirements is available from our University Visa Support team in the usual way and from the Home Office website:

University Visa Support Team

Home Office Visa Guidance 

If it is a matter that is specific to your programme of research, please raise it with your supervisory team.  If it is a matter related to regulations, procedure or any other administration, please raise it with your Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research.