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I will monitor the implementation of monthly PhD Stipends, as well as the PGTA Code of Practice to make sure that it is implemented. I will also ensure that the PGTA Opportunities Portal is adopted throughout UCL, and that PGR students have access to financial support that is responsive and adequate for their needs.

Finally, I will secure the necessary COVID-19 concessions for continuing PGR students, and work with the Doctoral School to provide IRIS profiles for PGR students.

Update 18/11/20

PhD Stipends have become monthly from September and has been running smoothly. We are yet to get our PGTA Rep although the AGD to have one was passed at the last Union Exec of the prior year. However, Simon and I have worked to have a closer feed between our PGR Reps, myself, and the Doctoral School, which means that their concerns are addressed more quickly and more directly. We are also working closely with the Arena Centre on their PGTA Training, provisions, and the widespread use f the Portal. We also successfully lobbied the institution to underwrite funded students’ stipend extensions with a policy aligned with UKRI’s. However, UKRI’s recent announcement heavily implying no future stipend extensions has created concerns from everywhere, including within the Doctoral School. Options are being developed and I am in the loop.

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Working on it
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Postgraduate Students' Officer