Coronavirus (COVID19)

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check it regularly.

The UKRI guidance (on which ESRC policy is based) for students affected by CV19 is available at https://www.ukri.org/news/coronavirus-impact-on-ukri-supported-research/#Training%20grants under ‘Students and Training Grants’.  This guidance shows how DTPs are being given some flexibility to enable them to support students affected by CV19.

Please be aware that LISS DTP staff are currently working remotely,  so there may be a delay in responding to emails.

Students with funding ending between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021

Students are eligible for an extension of up to six months if they are funded by UKRI, their funding end date is between 1st March 2020 and 31st March 2021, they have not submitted their doctoral thesis and their work has been affected by the pandemic.  LISS DTP has emailed students who are eligible for this extension with an link to an online application form which should be completed by the 20th May.  If you believe you are eligible and have not received this email, please contact liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk immediately.

Other Students

LISS DTP is aware that many people’s research will be significantly affected by the pandemic, whether because their research requires in person contact/interaction, or because it requires travel, or both.  Your progress may also be affected by the need to care for dependents during the pandemic. LISS DTP has sent students who are not eligible for the UKRI extension (mainly those in their masters or first or second year of doctoral study)  a link to an online survey of the implications of CV19 on their research.  This survey is being conducted so that LISS DTP can better understand the student experience and report to the ESRC.  It is not an application process and will not affect your entitlement to any future extension.

It is anticipated that LISS DTP will introduce a case-by-case application process for extensions for students with an funding end date on or after 1st April 2021.  This application process will be instituted once students are in a position to assess the full impact of CV19.   As a general rule, please keep records/receipts of any expenditure or disruption to your study relating to CV19 in order to assist you in making applications at a later date.

1. If you are ill

Please follow the usual process regarding sickness. In summary, if you are ill for less than one month your stipend will continue as normal and there is no need to report anything to us.  If you are ill for more than 1 month but less than 13 weeks, you are able to apply for an extension to your stipend if suitable medical evidence is supplied.  If you are ill for more than 13 weeks you should interrupt.  (See under ‘Managing your Studentship’ at https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/)

2. Repatriation

If you are currently abroad and require urgent repatriation to the UK, LISS DTP will consider assistance with the costs. If you are in a difficult situation and in need of help please email us.

3. Applications for RTSG, Internships, Overseas Institutional Visits and Overseas Fieldwork for the July 6th deadline

No new applications will be considered for the above until further notice unless they relate to activities unaffected by CV19 or are for equipment or materials related to home working or similar as a consequence of CV19 (see item below). https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/managing-your-liss-dtp-studentship/

4. Equipment and materials related to CV19

If there is a clear justification for the purchase of additional equipment or materials to assist you with home working necessitated by CV19, you can apply for this using your RTSG.  (See under ‘Managing your Studentship’ at https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/managing-your-liss-dtp-studentship/).  We will consider applications for computer equipment in excess of the usual limit of £200.  Applications approved will have to be deducted from your RTSG allowance, since no additional funding is being provided by the ESRC.  We will however look sympathetically on cases where students have already used their full allowance.  The next deadline for RTSG applications is the 6th July 2020, but if you have an urgent need related to CV19, after submitting your application please email liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk and we will consider your application ahead of the deadline.

5. Disruption to Study or Work Plans and Extensions to Funding

Please discuss with your supervisor in the first instance how your plans may need to be adjusted.  You should also check on any extensions to submission dates granted by your home university.  As described above, students whose funding end date is between 1st March 2020 and 31 March 2021 are eligible to apply for a funding extension of up to six months, and LISS DTP has circulated an application form.  LISS DTP will be introducing an application process for other students (those with a funding end date after 1st April 2021) in due course once they are able to fully assess the impact of CV19.

7. Travel Bookings

If you have booked travel or accommodation associated with a study trip supported through LISS funding that has to be cancelled, please make every effort to obtain a refund or recover the expenditure through insurance. If you are unable to recover funding then LISS DTP will still refund your costs, providing that you can show that you have tried to recover the money. If you are a King’s student, please retain any unspent or refunded money for the time being on the assumption that the trip can be undertaken at a later date.  We will look sympathetically on applications for funding for trips that need to be re-booked, but cannot guarantee that this will be possible until we know the extent of the extra money required across the student cohort.

8. Other Help and Guidance

LISS students should of course follow guidance from their institutions and departments, and also from UK Government sources.  Sources of information and support are available from the following institutional web pages:

Imperial –  https://www.imperial.ac.uk/about/covid-19/

King’s – https://www.kcl.ac.uk/coronavirus

Queen Mary – https://www.qmul.ac.uk/coronavirus/