Coronavirus (COVID19)

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’.

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

Students were 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.  Applications for this extension are now closed.

Students with a Funding End date 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021

LISS DTP has a case-by-case application process for extensions for students with a funding end between 1st April 2021 and 30th September 2021.  The deadline for applications is the 23rd November 2020 and the application form can be found here. Following a UKRI announcement on the 11th November, it is likely that any other applications for extensions must be made to the student’s institution rather than LISS DTP since UKRI is distributing money to institutions for this purpose.  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.

Any extensions granted by the DTP before the 1st January 2021 are funded from its existing Training Grant, so whether or not they are approved is dependent on the DTP budget overall as well as the justification provided in individual cases.  Many students are funded partly by the ESRC and partly by their home institution.  Funding extensions approved by LISS DTP will cover only the ESRC portion of a student’s funding.  If LISS approves your application it will ask home institutions to provide their portion, but this contribution cannot be guaranteed.

Submission Date Extensions:
Your submission date will normally move forward in line with any extension to your funding end date unless you have already been granted a Covid-related extension to your submission date.  Please note however that processes across institutions vary, and you should check with your home institution about changes to your submission date following any extensions to your funding end date.

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/)

Applications for RTSG, Internships, Overseas Institutional Visits and Overseas Fieldwork 

No 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/

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, but note that UKRI rules do not permit the purchase of high-power computing equipment unless it is not available in their university under normal circumstances.  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.

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.

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/