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Graduate Research Scholarship terms and conditions for the School of Management

Important information for School of Management students considering applying for a Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS).

Terms And Conditions

  1. Awards are for full-time study.
  2. Awards may be used to support applicants with a fee status of Home or Overseas.
  3. Awards are for 4 years, and they consist of:
    • a full tuition fee waiver at the Home fee rate
    • an annual amount for living expenses made up of a stipend payment and a salary for the teaching element of the award. The overall amount will be at least equivalent to the UKRI standard stipend rate. The salary payment will include an additional amount to cover the annual leave benefits.
    • a Training Support fee (TSF) of £1,000 per year, for years 2-4, to fund miscellaneous costs such as travel, equipment, fieldwork expenses.
  4. All students receiving awards are normally expected to commence study at the start of the academic year (i.e. October). Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year i.e. they have to be used for the years that they have been awarded.
  5. All students receiving awards are expected to follow Reg.16.5 (i) Attendance Requirements as stipulated in:
  6. If a student suspends their study for a period of time (ref. Regulation 16.1 (d) at, including specific criteria for suspension) then the funding will be suspended for this period. A Graduate Research Scholar suspending for health reasons will be eligible to receive sick pay for a period of up to 13 weeks, and those going on parental leave will be eligible to receive paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave.
  7. If a student withdraws, the University may require any funding paid in advance to be refunded.
  8. Continuation of the award for the duration of the programme is dependent on the student satisfactorily meeting any progression and reporting requirements (as indicated in QA7), and satisfactorily meeting teaching requirements throughout the period of study, fulfilling all such requirements as may be in force within the Department.
  9. If a student completes their studies and submits a doctoral thesis before the end of the studentship, the date of submission normally becomes the funding end date. The student will be expected to continue any agreed teaching until the end of the semester.
  10. Graduate Research Scholars are expected to serve as Teaching Assistants as a condition of receiving the funding. The responsibilities of Teaching Assistants include tasks such as: teaching tutorials, marking, providing feedback, answering questions, facilitating seminars, demonstrating laboratory classes and assisting with student research projects, trialling new experiments for courses etc. Unit conveners must retain responsibility for the provision of suitable teaching materials and guidance to Teaching Assistants. Teaching Assistants are required to:
    • undertake compulsory teaching training prior to the commencement of teaching activity. For details of courses available, please refer to the Director of Studies for your department and to the Doctoral Skills Programme at GRS Students are encouraged to follow the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and to apply for an AdvanceHE Fellowship (FHEA).
    • contribute annually up to an allocated 400 workload hours, which may variously comprise a combination of teaching contact hours, contact preparation, marking, student support and other teaching activities as determined by Subject Group Leads in direct consultation with, and the approval of, the PhD DoS who may, as necessary, seek the advice of a GRS holder’s supervisory team. To ensure fairness and transparency, the allocation will be based broadly on the same Workload Allocation Management System that applies to all teaching in the School of Management.
  11. Overseas students with a Student Visa must ensure that they are meeting the working conditions attached to their visa. More information can be found on the Working with your student or tier 4 visa page.

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Date of last review: 24 November 2023


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