officer blog


ayane hida

postgraduate education

introduction and updates

Dear all,

Hi I hope you are all staying safe!

Please allow me to briefly introduce myself.

My name is Ayane. I’m your new Postgraduate Education Officer. I’m a postgraduate taught student in Global Intercultural Communication in PPL, and currently writing my dissertation about intercultural friendships. Meanwhile I’m working part time until I submit my thesis. I’d like to focus on fair opportunities for students’ academic and social life at UEA for this coming academic year 2020-21.

In the meantime here are some updates for PGT and PGR students.

  • Hardship fund
  • PGR extensions
  • Study interruption
  • Library is back! (with limited access)
  • PG virtual conversation
  • The Enlightened app

Hardship fund

If you are experiencing financial issues, there is a UEA hardship fund you can apply for. First, you need to download the PDF form  then email it to a Student Life Adviser at:  Second, you need to fill in the form online. If you have any questions and concerns, you can always contact our kind advice team for free or email me at:

PGR extensions

PGR students, who have been disrupted by COVID-19, can apply for extensions. To request an extension, you will need to fill in the form, which you can find at the UEA website.

The form requires a lot of information and the process is quite precise. Therefore, it might take a few hours to fill in. Once you fill in the form, you need to send it to your supervisor, and it will be passed to the PGR director in your faculty then the Academic Director of UEA Doctoral College. You may feel stressed during the process but if you have any concerns, please talk with your supervisor or let me know if you need further support. Please note that you can apply for an extension of your thesis in order to compensate for the time you were disrupted by COVID-19. If you are experiencing the difficulties to fill in this form, you can always ask our advice team for help.

Study interruption

I know that the previous PG officer Martin shared some information about this. If you are still considering a study interruption and need some help, please let us know. If you think you have been particularly impacted by the pandemic and you would like to retake your study next academic year 2020-21, you can apply. But here are some things to consider, the cost for another a year of study, the course will be likely to be different next academic year and covid-19 may not be a strong enough reason to apply for a study interruption, you’ll need to demonstrate how this has impacted you personally and as a result how that impacted your studies. For International students’ considering a study interruption you can read the UEA guidance published in March here or specifically for PGT students here. However, if you decide to interrupt your study, there are some things you need to consider, for instance if you are an international student please be aware of the latest guidance on Tier 4 visa and funding, and what this means for you. For more information on Tier 4 visa’s please see the UEA page here. For more information on study interruption then please do not hesitate to ask us any questions here.

Library is back! (with limited access)

I’m sure most PG students missed studying in the library.

Good news for all!

The IT Labs of our library (Floor 0 and Floor 1) are now open on weekdays between 9.30am - 4.30pm. To ensure social distancing rules are kept to, you must now book a slot for when you wish to access these areas. Please read this FAQ before you come to the library.

Please keep in mind that the rest of the Library building is still closed, and you will not be able to access the reading floors. Click and Collect Service is still running, so if you need to borrow a book you are able to by completing this form.

If you have any further queries, please get in touch with the library.

PGR virtual conversation

UEA PGR student Vicky Bristow is having a virtual conversation chat on zoom every Friday morning to offer friendship and support for PGR students. If you are interested, please contact her to get the ID and password for the meeting.


Also here is a FAQs page for PGRs regarding COVID-19 if you need.

If you have any concerns or questions, please get in touch with me on my officer Facebook page or email me at:

Please stay safe!

Best wishes,



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