Research Study in 2022-23

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We are in the process of moving all relevant content from this Covid blog over to our Doctoral College internal website (Sharepoint). We hope this will make it easier for you to find the information you need. In the meantime, if you’re struggling to find something, just email us at Thanks for bearing with us while we undertake this work!

September 2022

Data collection, research ethics and risk assessment

Please visit the updated page on our Doctoral College SharePoint site:

Research ethics and risk assessment

October 2022

Online or in-person?

Many of us have found that the online practices adopted during Covid offer a range of advantages. With the removal of Covid restrictions, we now have a greater choice about whether to conduct activities online or in-person. We will be reviewing Doctoral College practice on an ongoing basis. For now, please see below for a summary of current advice and practice.

Supervisory meetings

You and your supervisory team should agree whether to meet online or in-person.


Vivas can be held online or in-person. The format will be agreed on the basis of what is most suitable for the candidate and examiners. After the thesis has been submitted, please advise the Examination Officer, Ursula O’Toole, if you have a preference for an online or in-person viva.

See also our guidance on online vivas.


APRs can be held online or in-person. See also our guidance on online APRs.


  • PRDP: The Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PRDP), our programme of skills training for doctoral students, is now primarily delivered in-person. Please note, these in-person sessions are not ‘hybrid’ sessions. They cannot be attended virtually and will not be recorded. Where available, recordings of online PRDP workshops can be found on our PRDP recordings page. You can also view all scheduled online PRDP workshops by filtering accordingly on PhD Manager calendar.
  • UEA: The UEA Online Training Series for PGRs offers a series of webinars, many in the evenings. This provision was online pre-Covid and will continue to be so. Visit our page on the Doctoral College SharePoint site: UEA Online Training Series for PGRs.

Doctoral College on-campus presence: Doctoral College administrative staff are working both remotely and on-campus. Please note, our offices do not have a drop-in facility or reception. If you’d like to speak to a Doctoral College staff member in-person, please email them to arrange an appointment. Similarly, if you wish to speak to an academic member of the Doctoral College you should email to make an appointment. Contact details for all Doctoral College staff are on our SharePoint Contacts page.

PGR Study Rooms: The PGR communal study rooms on City Campus – Grand Parade 155 and Edward Street 102 – are open for use and desk space no longer needs to be booked. For information about School-owned rooms for PGRs, please contact your Doctoral Studies Lead.

See also campus maps and directions.

Key university pages

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