Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This webpage is here to help PGRs with any questions they may have with regards to Coronavirus (COVID 19) and their studies. For all University advice on Coronavirus please visit the University's dedicated webpage.

The information in the following pages will give general advice and contextualises some of the information that has been given in the Registrar's email.  

We would like to reassure you that we are considering the impact of the latest advice on various aspects of research degree programmes (from admissions through to thesis submission and viva examinations), and that further guidance will be provided over the coming days on how we will manage all of these specific aspects of your studies. 

PGR Support staff will be dealing with a high volume of queries at this time, and in addition there will be some disruption in the next day or so as colleagues within the PGR Support Team and other parts of the University make arrangements to move rapidly to a homeworking situation. Your patience will be much appreciated as we put these plans into action, and please be assured that we will respond to your queries and provide general advice on arrangements for the continuation of PGR programmes as soon as possible.


We are currently in the middle of adjusting policies regarding research degree and understand that you may have several questions in this area. On our FAQ webpage you can find out all the information about need to know about your academic programme. 

Below is a record/copy of the Doctoral College Communications on Coronavirus:

Date Email Link
Friday 3 July 2020 Doctoral College- Coronavirus Update- 3 July 2020
Friday 12 June 2020 DC Communication- *Funded Extension Information*- 12 June 2020
Monday 1 June 2020 Campus Access- Click and Collect System
Wednesday 20 May 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus *Funding* Update- 20 May 2020
Friday 15 May 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 15 May 2020
Monday 11 May 2020 ECR- Researcher Development Update- 11 May 2020
Monday 11 May 2020 Researcher Development Update- 11 May 2020
Thursday 7 May 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 7 May 2020
Thursday 30th April 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 30 April 2020
Thursday 23rd April 2020 ECR Newsletter- Coronavirus Update- 23 April 2020
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 22 April 2020
Wednesday 8th April 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 8 April 2020
Monday 6th April 2020 DC Communication- Researcher Development Update- 6 April 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020 ECR Newsletter- Coronoavirus Update- 3 April 2020 
Wednesday 1st April 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 1 April 2020
Wednesday 26th March 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 26 March 2020
Friday 20th March 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 20 March 2020
Thursday 19th March 2020 DC Communication- Research Update- 19 March 2020
Wednesday 18th March 2020 DC Communication- Coronavirus Update- 18 March 2020

Please note we have now gone back to our usual newsletter schedule and copies of our newsletters can be found here.

You can view the previous communications from the Registrar here.

If you do not think you have received any of the above communications please email the Doctoral College:

We have set up a dedicated webpage with a large list of FAQs relating to your research degree which we are regularly updating. If you are unable to find an answer to your question on this page please email: where we will do our best to answer your question.  

Thank you to all students who completed the PGR pulse survey. in the first survey we had just under 200 responses (circa. 8.5% of our PGRs), with responses from across all colleges and campuses. The quantitative results were broadly encouraging and can be found below. The comments posed some challenges: a number of them relating to extensions or communications (some saying we’re not saying enough, some that we’re saying too much!). These results have been shared with all college directors of PGR, and Guild and SU PGR leaders, who we will work with us to address these challenges. We ran a follow up survey towards the end of June, which gave us good feedback to help improve things for the start of the 2020/21 academic year. 

We recognise that this is an uncertain and unsettling time.  ur Wellbeing Service remains open for contact via telephone, email or Teams.  If you would like to speak to our PGR Education Welfare Advisor, Cathryn Baker can be contacted at: or tel: 01392 726207.

To support our PGRs and ECRs with working from home we are continuing our training and development support online, expanding our existing webinar programme to include additional sessions on topics such as writing, wellbeing and project management to provide guidance and support on continuing your research remotely. This includes daily shut up and write sessions to provide structure and motivation for those writing their thesis.  We are also launching a new ‘Focus on…’ online panel series, featuring University of Exeter academics and researchers discussing a range of different research topics and activities including visualising your data, podcasting, making videos about your research, publishing your thesis as a book and much more.

To complement this, We have also set up a Researcher Development PGR ‘Team’ on Microsoft Teams as an online space to share advice, tips and resources. To join, download Microsoft Teams and use the team code 8q0w4rc.

You can access a live feed of our events here for PGRs and here for ECRs. We will continue to add sessions and events over the coming weeks, so please keep an eye on My Career Zone or Trent.

Due to campus closure, where possible our most of the student service provision has moved online. 

Career Zone

All of Career Zone's services are now online. You can book a 1:1 skype appointment for careers advice/guidance by sending an email at (Streatham/St Lukes) or (Penryn/Truro)

Join one of our online workshops or webinars. Book your place via MyCareerZone- more sessions are being added all the time. 

Career Zone has a webpage of FAQs for further information about the services available. 
Keep an eye on our Facebook (@ExeterCareerZone or @cornwallcareerzone) and Twitter (@UoEcareers or @UoECornwallCZ) for further updates

All physical libraries in both Exeter and Cornwall are closed, however there are a wide range of online services available. The Library has a helpful FAQs about all the services available as well as other helpful tips and hints. 

Wellbeing Services (Exeter) 

We realise that you may well be feeling unsettled by the current and fast changing situation regarding Coronavirus.

Our Wellbeing Services are open for business and carrying out all appointments remotely. If you have a pre-booked appointment please check that you have an up-to-date telephone number on the Student Record System (you can check this via iExeter) and expect a call at your appointment time. 

  • If you need to book a telephone appointment, please email or call 01392 724381 and leave a voicemail with your details.
  • If you need to speak to our AccessAbility team, please email or call 01392 723880 and leave a voicemail with your details.

Wellbeing services has helpfully pulled together a webpage of self-help resources which may help you during this difficult time. 

You might also be interested in advice from Mind, a Mental Health charity, on maintaining your wellbeing.

Wellbeing has also recorded a webinar on 'Looking after your wellbeing during Coronvirus' which discuss the impact of Coronavirus on your wellbeing and talks through strategies to help during this time. 

Wellbeing Services (Cornwall)

The wellbeing service is still in operation in Cornwall and the team are workign remotely. The referral process is still the same, you will need to go via the Compass Online portal (full details can be found below). 

In order to access Wellbeing support we ask all students to complete a secure, confidential form to allow us to assess your needs. Please visit Compass Online and follow the instructions below to access the Wellbeing Appointment Form.

1. Use your university username and password to login to the Compass Online portal.
2. Select ‘Log New Enquiries’ under the Enquiries section of the menu on the left of the screen.
3. Select ‘Wellbeing Appointment Form’ from the category menu (you can use the filter to narrow your search).
4. Complete the form with as much detail as possible and click send.
Please note that the more information you provide, the better we can identify the most appropriate support.

Spectrum Life

We would like to remind you of the Spectrum Life counselling service. Spectrum Life is an online portal which can be accessed 24/7 via telephone or via our online portal. It also has a range of wellbeing resources and guides. Please remember that this is a free service to all members of staff and PGRs, as well as family members living at the address.

Both student unions- the Guild (Stretham/St Luke's) and the SU (Penryn/Truro) are both open and are here to help students however most of their services have moved online. 

Guild (Stretham/St Luke's)

The Guild's dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage which details the support available to PGRs during this time as well as the latest updates from the Guild presidents. The student advice unit is still open for all PGRs for wellbeing support and advice, mitigation, accomodation and more. 

The SU (Penryn/Truro)

The SU has a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage which details the support available to PGRs during this time as well as a helpful FAQs. The SU is also running a campaign during this time called #isolationnotisolated which is a series of daily prompts to boost both physical and mental wellbeing.

The SU has also set up a survey which gives students the opportunity to tell the union what areas of your student experience, they and the university should be focusing on over the coming weeks. You can fill the survey out as many times as you want as your thoughts, views, feelings and experience change over the passing weeks.

The PGR Team is managing a high volume of queries at this time and your patience will be much appreciated.  As noted above, further guidance will be provided over the next week on a range of aspects related to your studies, so please do await clarification in these areas where possible.  If you have an immediate question about a forthcoming viva, deadline or other urgent enquiry, please contact the PGR Support Team for advice, and we will respond as soon as possible – the contact details for the teams are as follows:

Business School-

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences-

College of Humanities-

College of Life and Environmental Sciences-

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (Stretham)-

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (St Luke's)-

College of Medicine and Health-

All Cornwall Students-

If you are uncertain which team to contact, please email