A large number of PGR students in EPS receive a form of funding through one of a number of funding streams. The most common funding streams students receive scholarships/bursaries through are Research Councils (primarily EPSRC or STFC), their school or an industrial partner. It is useful to know your funding information when applying for extensions or leave of absences. Your school's PGR administrator will know your funding source.
Payments: If you do receive a scholarship, it is important to understand the way these payments are structured. All scholarship payments are paid through the University's Payroll department according to the payroll calendar. This means that all payments are paid a month in advance as the cut-off date for payment information is the mid-date of every month. For students who start at the beginning of a month, this usually means your first payment will be paid at the end of that month. So if you start on January 1st, your first payment will be at the end of January. Your school administrator will be involved in setting up your scholarship payments. Around the time you start, they will email you asking for bank details. These should be provided as soon as possible to prevent delays to payments.
If you have a missing or incorrect payment, you should contact your school's PGR administrator who can help resolve this.
EPSRC: If you are in receipt of an EPSRC scholarship, your payment information can be found by contacting your school's PGR administrator. Further information on EPSRC scholarships can also be found on the University Graduate School's FAQs.
Bench Fees: For some students in EPS, they will also receive bench fees which go towards paying for equipment, conference fees or other expenses related to your research. The exact figure of your bench fee is specified on your offer letter from Admissions. The organisation of your bench fee invoices (whether you or a sponsor is paying them) is done by your school's PGR administrator. To claim against your bench fees, you can either purchase things with them through New Core (which can be done by either your school's administrator or the Operations Hub) or through a non-staff expenses form (which can be found on the Finance A-Z forms list).