Postgraduate researchers (PGRs), staff and students are asked to consult the main university coronavirus Covid-19 advice, which will be regularly updated on the Bournemouth University website. As it is possible that issues relating to Covid-19 could cause some unavoidable impact on research conduct and progress, this section is intended to highlight specific factors that occur more frequently in a research context and to aid planning as an individual PGR.
A guide for researchers has also been created in support of staff undertaking research in the context of Covid-19.
Undertaking research in the context of Covid-19
The Office for Students published guidance on 3 April 2020 for providers about quality and standards during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which states that universities should discuss and agree with individual research students how they will progress their research during this period, or the arrangements that will be made if this is not possible.
Impact on research could range from minor delays through to significant impacts; it is recommended that you consider the likely impacts with your supervisory team and develop contingency plans as early as possible. If necessary, requests to extend deadlines for individual milestones can be requested prior to the event but requests to extensions to maximum enrolment or stipends will not be considered until 6 months prior to the relevant end date). If appropriate, you might also wish to discuss issues with your department’s PGR Lead (or equivalent Departmental Research Lead with responsibility for PGRs). If you are unsure who this is, please contact your Postgraduate Research Administrator in the first instance.
Are the campuses still closed?
Should I continue my research work from home and will supervision be available?
How do I access software licenses for working from home?
Will my supervision meetings continue?
I am concerned about the impact on my academic progress.
How do I record the impact on my research plans?
How do I use the PGR Covid-19 Record of Changes Form?
What advice is there for PGRs who are experiencing wellbeing and mental health challenges?
What happens if I am ill over this period?
How do I apply for an extension to my milestones?
How do I apply for an extension to my enrolment?
Can I interrupt my studies?
My Probationary Review is coming up, how will that work?
My Major Review is coming up, how will that work?
I am due to submit my research degree thesis for examination, what should I do?
My Viva Voce examination is coming up, how will that work?
I am due to submit my final approved research degree thesis, what should I do?
How do I resume research activities outside of my home and on campus?
I am in the middle of data collection or about to start data collection on my project – what should I do?
I am about to seek research ethics approval for my project, are the Research Ethics Committees operating as normal in terms of the ethical approval process?
My research requires external ethics approval, what should I do?
Is there any other guidance about how to adjust to impact on research?
Am I able to access my office or other areas on a BU campus?
I am an International postgraduate researcher on a Tier 4 Visa – what should I do?
I am on a BU studentship; will I still receive my monthly payments?
I am a self-funded PGR and pay my own fees, is there any help specifically for me?
I am a clinical academic doctoral student, should I continue to work in clinical practice?
How do I apply for a fee waiver?
I am in receipt of a BU PhD Studentship, how to I apply for a costed extension?