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UKRI should extend all PhD students affected by COVID-19

Submitted by Alexander Joseph Currie on Friday 10th April 2020

Published on Friday 12th June 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Saturday 12th December 2020

Current Signatures: 8,114
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UKRI should extend all PhD students affected by COVID-19

Petition Details

UKRI has announced that final year PhD students will receive a 6 month funded extension due disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst encouraging for PhD students finishing by 31st March 2021, this does not give peace of mind to PhD students currently in their first or second year.

Additional Information

The 6 month funded extension should be awarded to all PhD students. Without it, those in the initial years of their study will face significant personal and financial challenges in order to complete their PhD. The initial years are vital for data gathering and learning essential skills. The impact of COVID-19 will disrupt the educational journey of PhD students at all stages, therefore it is vital that extensions be granted to all ensuring that PhD students achieve their project objectives.


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