Some doctoral students are coming up on key milestones of Transfer or final submission of their thesis for Viva. Some will also be approaching the end of their maximum registration period. The University understands that these students will have concerns around completing scheduled work to meet their deadlines.
Where doctoral students have been affected by exceptional circumstances related to Covid-19, the University is working to ensure they experience no detriment arising from this. Issues may involve new demands on their time such as childcare, or returning to clinical roles, or be related to restrictions on access to facilities or resources such as laboratory work.
In these circumstances the University will provide reasonable flexibility around such deadlines and has developed an exceptional application form for doctoral students to request any necessary extensions. Doctoral students can find the ‘Temporary Covid-19 Extension Form’ (RD4C-19) in the ‘Change of Circumstances’ forms below.
Each doctoral student will be considered on a case by case basis and in discussion with supervision teams to ensure that there will be no detriment to a student’s ability to respond to these exceptional circumstances.