COVID-19: Information for PGRs

This page brings together the latest advice and guidance for postgraduate researchers. You can also find advice about returning to campus on the LJMU Moving Forward Together pages.

Updates from the Doctoral Academy

Exceptional Support 

Exceptional Support for PhD Research Severely Affected by Covid-19

Exceptional support is open to application from PGRs whose research has been severely affected by Covid-19. You may apply under this scheme if you have experienced exceptional and chronic disruptions to your research (i.e. beyond the 3 months recognised in the PGR support package of July 2020).

Exceptional support will be considered by application and on a case by case basis. All applicants should provide record of disruptions (eDoc supervisory logs, emails to supervisors, PGRAPTS, FRDSGC chairs etc.) which they should reference in the application (this cannot be undertaken retrospectively). Your supervisors are also required to add a supporting statement in your application.

The exceptional support will be for a maximum of 3 months.

You should apply by Friday 9 October using this form.

Self-funded PGRs can apply for additional fee support (up to a maximum of an additional 3 months).  The application must be submitted 3 months (minimum) prior to your next re-enrolment point.

Funded PGRs can apply for extended stipend payments and overtime fee support (up to a maximum of an additional 3 months).  The application must be submitted 3 months (minimum) prior to the date your current funding/support is due to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions


Please remember to keep a record of your supervisory meetings on eDoc. It is your responsibility, as the PGR, to log these meetings, and then your supervisor can endorse them. If you have experienced any disruption to your research due to the pandemic, these should be logged via a Supervisory Meeting on eDoc. You can then reference the log date should you need to apply for any support.

Quickstart guide for eDoc

If you would like any one-to-one training on using eDoc, please contact to arrange a time.

Online Vivas


To be eligible to attend one of the University Graduation Ceremonies you must have fully completed your award AND have registered to attend the graduation by the deadline set by the Awards Team. 

For information relating to graduation please visit the following sites: (this site also provides information about the issuing of degree certificates)

Researcher Development

Our Researcher Development Programme workshops have now all moved online. You can find details of forthcoming events here and on the calendar within eDoc. We also have a Researcher Development Canvas site with a range of asynchronous workshop resources.

External Resources

Resources that may be of interest to postgraduate researchers working during the pandemic.

JISC Call for Participants: if you are looking to recruit participants for your surveys, interviews or any other research studies, you can now make use of this JISC service. Join the Doctoral Academy group before creating a study page, which is visible to thousands of potential participants around the world.

Virtual not Viral: curated links to resources for doctoral researchers, with sections on doing research, working from home, wellbeing and writing. Also hosts weekly #VirtualnotViral tweetchats every Monday. 

Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic, a crowd-sourced document edited by Deborah Lupton. 

Doing Arts Research in a Pandemic, The Culture Capital Exchange. A crowd-sourced collection of  reflections, research activities and methods that have emerged in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.