What has been achieved in regards to reduced tuition fees and milestone extensions?
A £500 hardship grant is a joke -when other institutions offered way greater amounts- and the criteria used quite obscure. Additionally, as per https://www.southampton.ac.uk/doctoral-college/researcher-resources/coronavirus.page, Progression Review subsection " things are now back to normal and progression matters should continue to be recorded using the normal processes". How things are back to normal? What is the University's provision in regards to reduced tuition fees and milestone extensions?
Thank you for your submission.
The hardship grant was introduced to provide support to as many students experiencing issues during the pandemic. The £500 limit was to try to ensure that as many students received support as possible, however other provisions are in place for those who required additional support: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices/money-matters/student-support-fund/index.page
With regards to current practices, the University has introduced a range of measures to adapt to the current climate, such as online learning and PGR Funding Extensions which are supported by your CDT/DTC. I would recommend you get in touch with your supervisor, or department leads, to discuss these provisions.
For any students experiencing difficulties, please contact the Advice Centre for support in areas such as housing and finance; firstname.lastname@example.org
SUSU has been involved in numerous national campaigns to address the situation regarding tuition fees, to date, we have written to MPs and continue to lobby the University and Government.
We appreciate this feedback and will continue to use it to improve students’ experiences.
VP Education and Democracy
Monday 28th Jun 2021 10:54am