Coronavirus (COVID19)

Please note: this page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. LISS DTP will no longer be sending updates to students about the Coronavirus via email.

We have now received some guidance from UKRI and ESRC regarding provision for students affected by CV19.  The UKRI guidance (from which ESRC policy is derived) can be found at:  https://www.ukri.org/news/coronavirus-impact-on-ukri-supported-research/  This guidance shows how DTPs are being given some flexibility to enable them to support students affected by CV19.  The LISS DTP Guidance below is based on the UKRI guidance.

Please be aware that LISS DTP staff are currently working remotely,  and will be very busy over the next couple of weeks with the 2020 studentship and PostDoc Fellowship competitions, so there may be a delay in responding to emails.

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. Previously submitted applications for RTSG, Internships, Overseas Institutional Visits and Overseas Fieldwork

We will not consider applications for any of the above in the forthcoming April round unless:

  • they involve expenditure already incurred
  • they involve future expenditure for activities which will be unaffected by CV19
  • they are for equipment or materials related to home working or similar as a consequence of CV19 (see item below)

We will respond to all applicants to confirm the position regarding each application. When the general situation improves we will invite students to resubmit applications.

4. New applications for RTSG, Internships, Overseas Institutional Visits and Overseas Fieldwork

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/

5. 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 C19, 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 will be assessed in early April, and those 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.

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

We are aware 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.   Please discuss with your supervisor in the first instance how your plans may need to be adjusted.  The ESRC has enabled DTPs to award extensions to students whose progress is disrupted by CV19.  We would expect such extensions to be of around 3 months in the first instance,  and will be making an application form available in a couple of weeks time.  Unless your funding is ending in the next 3 months, we would encourage students to delay completing this form until they are sure of the full impact of CV19 upon their progress. There will be no advantage to submitting the form early – each case will be considered on its merits.

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/