Specific advice for researchers at the University of Surrey. Please check back regularly for any updates and read our general advice for health information and travel guidance.

Updated 15 March 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now only available to employers that were previously on furlough.

See main staff section for general details regarding the CJRS (furlough leave) and discuss any concerns with your Line Manager, Supervisor or HR Manager.

Updated 15 March 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has provided institutions with grant extension allocations to support research and staff realise the outcomes of research which was disrupted. If you have not been contacted and believe your UKRI research activity may be eligible for the UKRI Covid-19 Grant Extension funding, please contact

Updated 15 March 2021

All face to face events should also be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Is it in a confined space?
  • Does it involve a large amount of people?
  • Can it be hosted virtually?
  • Is it business critical?

Please discuss any planned face-to-face events with your Head of Department.

An overview of what the roadmap out of lockdown means for events on campus:

  • From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up to 6 persons permitted. No approval needed
  • No indoor events permitted until 17 May (earliest)
  • From 17 May indoor events and outdoor events (greater than 6 persons) permitted but prior approval must be sought from Head of Events
  • From 21 June (earliest) restrictions lifted but approvals process to continue to 31 August.

For more information and approvals process see the events pages on SurreyNet.

Updated 18 September 2020

As announced on 19 June 2020, REF 2021 will be postponed and the new submission deadline is midday 31 March 2021. The staff census date will remain as 31 July 2020. 

The impact assessment period has been extended.  The extended assessment period for impact will therefore run from 1 August 2013 to 31 December 2020. This is an extension from the previous end date of 31 July 2020. The extension has been put in place to enable case studies affected by, or focusing on the current response to, Covid-19 to be assessed in REF 2021.

REF plans have been revised and are progressing well, updates to the Code of Practice and timescale are available on the SurreyNet REF site.

Please do contact REF2021@surrey.acuk if you have any specific queries.

Updated 15 March 2021

The research and innovation services teams are working remotely or on campus and continue to support you and your grant application. Please do complete your intention to bid at least 15 working days in advance of the submission deadline to enable the professional staff to work with you as effectively as possible, particularly in the current working conditions.


Contracts entered into post-Covid-19 lock down.

As Covid-19 and the potential restrictions are now known, inability to meet contractual obligations due to Covid-19 can no longer be considered an ‘unforeseen event’.

Principal Investigators for a research project and Supervisor of the student should consider potential risks, how to mitigate and their business continuity plan and provide details to Legal Contract to consider if any specific contractual terms need to be incorporated.

Advice for research students

As well as the general information for students and staff, please refer to the Doctoral College website for advice on a range of different situations relevant to your research. 

Advice for postgraduate research students

Advice for researchers interacting with human participants

The following guidance is provided by the University in response to the circumstances arising from the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the advice being provided by the Government and Public Health England.

It is important that researchers (to include staff, students (undergraduate and postgraduate) or visitors) make changes to their research approach to ensure the continued safety of participants and themselves as researchers. The guidance below will continue to be updated as the situation changes.

Advice for research with University Ethics Committee approval

Advice for clinical research