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  • Research School Irregular

    Published: Thursday, 25 March 2021

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Change to Extensions Procedure for all non UKRI funded PGRs

    Dear Postgraduate researchers (PGRs)

    We previously announced that PGRs undertaking fieldwork can now submit their application for a COVID-related extension to their programme 12 months before their submission end date. This change was based on your feedback, and also our recent experience of assessing applications for the Phase 2 funding for PGRs supported by UKRI. This timeline for requesting extensions will remain for this group of PGRs.

    We will now extend the framework established to review applications from UKRI-funded PGRs to all PGRs and are therefore amending our procedure so that all PGRs can now apply for an extension up to six months before their submission end date. PGRs may apply for an extension of up to 3 months, though longer extensions will be considered for those with exceptional circumstances.

    Recognising the continuing uncertainty and disruption to research that you are experiencing, and the need to plan in a rapidly changing situation, we believe this change to the procedure gives you greater flexibility to be certain about, and plan for, the work needed to meet doctoral standards, whilst ensuring all requests are fairly reviewed, and our funding appropriately allocated.  

    The PGR FAQs and relevant extension procedure documents will be updated to reflect this change.

    If you require any further information or wish to apply for an extension, please contact the SSO at


    Kind regards

    Sent on behalf of Manchester Doctoral College Strategy Group

    gravatar Graham Richardson

    PGR Drop in Sessions

    Professor Sarah Heath, Associate Dean for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers will be running Postgraduate Researcher drop in sessions every Friday, 3-4pm, commencing Friday 15 January (


    Now, more than ever, it’s really important that we keep the lines of communication open to support you academically and your wellbeing. These sessions are an opportunity to raise any concerns or ask any questions directly with Sarah, who will also be supported by a member of the PGR Services Faculty Team.


    There is no need to book a specific timeslot, please just access the session using the zoom link


    Please do drop in and say hello.

    gravatar Graham Richardson

    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Call for Participation

    Take part in a Human-Robot Interaction study play a game with the robot Pepper!
    (Please DO NOT fill the doodle if you joined our price game experiment last year)

    The aim of our research is to investigate the interaction between Humans and Robots. Participants will be asked to play an Investment Game with Pepper. We are looking for people that don’t have much experience with Robots. The study will take approximately 40 minutes and your participation will be rewarded.

    If you would like to participate, please express your time slot preference going to
    (please, make sure to write your EMAIL alongside your name in the Name box) 

    Alternatively, you can also contact us :
    Martina Ruocco:
    Wenxuan Mou: 

    gravatar Martina Ruocco

    gravatar Bijan Parsia
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