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UKRI seeks to reassure doctoral students over Covid-19

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But chief executive Mark Walport says the funder ‘cannot provide answers to every question’

UK Research and Innovation has said it “cannot provide answers to every question”, following heavy criticism of its support for doctoral students during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We know that doctoral students face a variety of circumstances with both their personal lives and their projects, such as juggling caring responsibilities, and being unable to access laboratories, carry out fieldwork or meet with interviewees, which is impacting their ability to undertake research,” said the funder’s chief executive, Mark Walport, in an open letter dated 24 April. 

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