The University has put in place support for all students registered at some point in the 2019-20 academic year up to 23 March 2020 (excluding new students starting a research degree programme after 23 March 2020), on any registration status, to allow additional time without fees (a fee free period (FFP)). This is tiered support depending on how much additional time is needed and can only be requested when students are approaching the end of your ‘normal’ period of studies. Currently this is open to students who are due to complete their ‘normal’ period of studies or funded period on or before 31 March 2023.
Students applying for funded extensions (stipend only) through the Stage 6 application process will have their time extension considered as part of this process.
Students who are not applying for a funded extension may request a FFP as follows:
FFP1: up to a 3 month time extension (or 6 months for part-time students) with no additional fees. Students do not need to make a case for the FFP1, but need to make their School Postgraduate Research Committee (via their School Office) aware that they need it, and the School will request it is added to their student record. If you are applying for a funding extension, your School will be made aware of the need for a time extension/ fee free period by the Postgraduate Awards team.
FFP2: up to a further 3 month time extension (or 6 months for part-time students) with no additional fees. To request FFP2, students must outline a case for impact due to Covid-19. The relevant form to complete can be obtained by contacting the School Office. If you are completing an application for a funding extension, this information will be shared with your School to endorse your request for additional time, and will be used by the Quality Assurance and Regulations team to consider your concession to maximum study time. If your request is endorsed by theSchool Postgraduate Research Committee (SPRC), it is then considered by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for approval.
Further information relating to Fee Free Periods (FFPs) – Criteria here: FFP Criteria document
See our Overview of Time and Funding Extensions for Research Students below for an overview of the process for students at different stages of research degree.
The University regulations establish a maximum cumulative period of temporary withdrawals (Leaves of Absence) of 2 years. Leaves of Absence (LOA) taken due to Covid-19 impact between March and November 2020 will not contribute to this maximum. If a student takes a LOA after November 2020 due to ongoing Covid-19 impact, and then reaches the 2 year LOA maximum, unless there are specific circumstances relating to the research project, it is likely that a concession will be approved, following the normal process for extensions to LOA period.