What is a reduction in the minimum period of registration?
In normal circumstances you are required to complete the minimum period of registration before transferring to writing up status (also referred to as thesis awaited status) or submitting your thesis for examination.
In very exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Research Progress & Awards Sub Panel, a postgraduate researcher may be permitted to transfer to writing up status before the end of the minimum period of registration.
Each request for a reduction in the period of registration is considered on its merits and requests are normally only considered on academic grounds. Financial difficulties, work commitments or taking up employment are normally insufficient reasons for requesting a reduction in the period of registration/early transfer to writing up status.
A reduction in the minimum period of registration will also reduce the maximum period of registration.
How to apply for a reduction in the minimum period of registration
Requests should be made at least three months before the proposed transfer to writing up date.
Postgraduate researchers and supervisors will be notified, by e-mail, of the result of the request.
If you are a sponsored postgraduate researcher, you should be aware that your stipend payments may stop at the end of the month in which you have transferred to writing up status and you are advised to contact your sponsor to discuss this before submitting a request to reduce your minimum period of registration.
Research Council funded PGRs should contact the University Graduate School
Telephone: 0121 414 2898