COVID-19 Response

The NWSSDTP is committed to doing all we can to support our students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Details of the extension request processes to date can be found below. For blogposts about NWSSDTP Students experiences of studying during the pandemic, please check out https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/tag/covid-19/ Our training initiative, Methods North West, has been offering weekly online methods sessions since July 2020, details of which can be found here: https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/about/methods-north-west/methods-sessions/ 

Extension Request Rounds to Date

There have been the following opportunities to request extensions due to the impact of COVID-19:

Phase 1 (May 2020): An UKRI initiative, run by individual universities, for DTP students with an end date 1st March 2020 – 31st March 2021.

Phase 1.5 (Dec 2020): A NWSSDTP initiative, for DTP students with an end date after 30th September 2021, who will struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects and who may find it difficult to access extensions through Phase 2, below.

Phase 2 (Jan–May 2021): A UKRI initiative, run by individual universities, for any DTP students – but prioritising those with an end date 1st April – 30th September 2021 and/or who will struggle to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their projects (particularly those with caring responsibilities, long term health concerns and disabilities). The University of Manchester and University of Liverpool have already undertaken their Phase 2 rounds, while Keele University and Lancaster University are currently underway.  

Extension Requests Going Forward

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has confirmed further action to support doctoral students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.ukri.org/news/rules-for-phd-funding-relaxed-for-those-affected-by-the-pandemic/ DTPs will be able to generate funds to support further funding extensions through repurposing training and cohort development funding, and through reducing investment in recruitment by up to 10% of the new studentships committed to in 2021/22. 

This means, after the Phase 2 extension request processes are completed at students’ respective institutions, there will still be opportunities to apply for a COVID-19 extension directly to the NWSSDTP. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who have already received an extension will be able to apply again.

The process and paperwork for applying for a COVID-19 Extension after Phase 2 will go live in late June.

Thank you all very much for your patience during this time. If you have any queries regarding the above, contact nwssdtp@liv.ac.uk Please bear in mind that the NWSSDTP Team is also being impacted by the repercussions of COVID-19, potentially resulting in some delays in response, and we will get back to queries as soon as we are able.

  • Posted 30th April 2020
  • Update 2nd September 2020
  • 2nd Update 12th November 2020
  • 3rd Update 21st May 2021

 

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