Managing Your Studentship

Useful information for current Soc-B students.

Funding End Date & Submission Date
  • Your funding end date refers to the end of your funded period of study. 
  • Any changes to your student status or record can change your funding end date or thesis submission date. With this in mind, it is important to inform the Soc-B team of any changes to your student status. 
  • If you intend to submit early, i.e. before your funding end date, please email us at socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk
  • If you are unsure of what your funding end date and/or submission date is, please contact us at socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk.

What you need to do if you think you might need to interrupt your studies:

  • Contact us via email at socbcdt@ucl.ac.uk to discuss your interruption plans as early as possible, copying in your supervisor and departmental administrator.
  • We will liaise with your supervisor to discuss your interruption timeline and financial arrangements. For medical interruptions we may request medical certificates.
  • You will receive an email with the decision regarding your interruption. If your interruption gets approved, we will confirm your new funding end date.

Please note that interruption requests made in retrospect will not be approved so please get in touch as soon as possible. 

Research Training & Support Grant (RTSG)

Every Soc-B student is eligible for a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). This allowance is intended to be used to pay for expenses which the student/supervisor/department deem to be in direct support of a student's research during their funded period.

Key steps to using your RTSG

Step 1: Email your supervisor (or local Soc-B director if you are in the first year of the programme) to request written approval for the RTSG expense.

Step 2: Email your local Soc-B admin team for approval. (Include details on what it is you would like to purchase and attach your supervisor's permission).  

Step 3: Once you have your local admin team's approval, purchase the RTSG expense.  

Step 4: Send the expense receipt(s) to your local admin team and submit an expense claim.  

Step 5: Record your RTSG expense in a spreadsheet and keep a file of your RTSG related receipts.

Please note: students are expected to keep track of their RTSG expenses in a spreadsheet.