Research activity update - PGR and REF


Updates provided in the following areas:

PGR guidance

The PGR Covid-19 Group has recently met to consider issues arising for postgraduate research students. The Group includes postgraduate student representation, academic staff from several campuses, and staff from across the professional services. 

The Group has established a set of FAQs which are being continually updated as queries arise and guidance is developed. New questions raised by the PGR community relating to sick leave, electronic thesis submission, ongoing PGR support within Schools and hardship funding, are being answered and added.  

REF submission

This week the REF Team announced that the submission deadline of 27 November 2020 will no longer apply. The census date for staff eligible to be included in our submission remains the 31 July.

With your support, the University will continue its preparations using the online meetings already scheduled with Unit of Assessment Coordinators. The rationale is that now is as good a time as any to work on our final evaluation of outputs, improve our environment statements and polish our impact case studies. So, please continue to contribute to the development of these and time spent on our output review and selection will not be wasted!

The Research Engagement Directorate is open, virtually, for business with advice and information on ongoing research opportunities - contact


Professor Garry Pender
Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation)

COVID-19 help and advice

The University is monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 guidance and acting on the latest official health and travel advice relevant to each campus in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia.

If you have any of the following symptoms you should book a test online or call 0800 028 2816 if unable to access the online service:

  • a new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

If you are a student or member of staff and have any concerns about symptoms or interaction with others please contact SafeGuarding through the SafeZone app or on 0131 451 3500.

More information can be found on our dedicated help site.