Candidates should contact their Principal Supervisor and, where appropriate, the Faculty Associate Dean Research to discuss strategies and decide an appropriate course of action for their research project.
In general, candidates whose research does not involve face-to-face interactions, or whose research can be undertaken remotely, should proceed as normal in consultation with their Principal Supervisor.
Candidates whose research project involves face-to-face interactions/contact must cease those activities and, in consultation with their Principal Supervisor, consider strategies to progress their research during these periods of unavoidable delay. Strategies may include literature reviews, meta-analyses, data collection, data analysis (as appropriate).
If appropriate and in discussion with their Principal Supervisor, a candidate may apply to vary their candidature the HDR Regulations.
In line with advice from Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) on 1/5/2020 if a candidate has experienced circumstances that have “materially adversely impacted their research activities” as a result of CoVid-19, then the University can approve extraordinary variations to their candidature. These extraordinary variations are outside of the standard provisions of the Higher Degree Research Regulations and, if appropriate, the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy and consideration of the use of extraordinary variations will be made on a case by case basis.
Candidates who are not experiencing adverse material impacts on their research activities can apply for variation under the existing provisions in the HDR Regulations.
Requests to vary candidature should be submitted as normal via Orion. Following a review of the request, the candidate will be notified of the outcome and will be advised if the variation is classified under standard provisions or extraordinary provisions.