In recognition of the delays imposed by the pandemic we can announce our default policy. Supervisors must write to us once their student has returned to the lab, requesting extensions to funding and indicating what the new expected end date will be. Please be aware that the normal expectation is that if extensions are required these are the anticipated durations:

PhDs to end 1 March-31 Dec 2020up to an additional 6 months stipend.
PhDs to end 2021 –
up to an additional 3 months stipend.
PhDs due to end later than this are expected to manage on normal funding.

We will pay any fees that are required by Universities to cover the extensions but will not normally award further research expenses.

We recognize that there might be exceptional circumstances that will need to be accommodated. Please discuss any particular issues relating to the length of extension and research support required.