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Coronavirus Update: Postgraduate Research Students: Sunday 22 March 2020


Following on from the announcement that the University has stopped all face-to-face teaching and assessments, I wanted to reassure you that plans for students studying for Postgraduate Research or PhD qualifications are being implemented as a matter of urgency to ensure that you continue with your studies.

Whilst we are making every effort to ensure that you are not adversely affected we realise that you may have questions that might not have been readily identified and answered in the more general FAQs section on the University website.

Rest assured that we are working through particular areas and doing our utmost to support you and we are looking carefully at making appropriate adjustments to elements of your study that can’t be delivered in the usual manner.  Our aim is to be as flexible as we can, even if this means doing things in an alternative way to ensure that we can meet requirements wherever possible.

We will be putting mechanisms in place to ensure that you can maintain contact with staff or your support networks remotely but in terms of the more immediate issues that may affect you in the short term, we have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which is available on the dedicated Coronavirus web pages to try to answer some of your questions. Scroll towards the bottom of the page:

Please be mindful that this list is not exhaustive and there may be things that we haven’t been able to cover in this message.

Libraries will remain open where this is possible but please do check the website and social media before travelling in as we may have to close at short notice.  Please remember that government guidance is asking us all to practice ‘social distancing’ so please avoid, if at all possible, coming into the University and try to avoid group contact wherever you can.

The wellbeing of our students continues to be the University’s priority and we are encouraging everyone to be mindful of their own health and that of their family and colleagues. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and co-operation during this time.

Professor Silke Machold

Dean of Research

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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