It is important when you start studying at the University that you have adequate funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses for the whole duration of your study. However, there may be times where you may need additional funding to support your studies. Many students take part time work to help fund their studies. In addition to the usual part-time work, being a research student presents a number of additional opportunities.
University activities may include:
- Exam invigilation
- Research Associate opportunities (if related to research degree)
- Subwarden roles in the University halls of residence
- Open Day helpers
In the first instance, speak to your School to find out what opportunities they may have.
If you are not in receipt of a studentship or any other source of funding you should discuss the number of hours that you are intending to work each week with your School. It is important that this does not impact on your studies.
Studentship award holders
If you are in receipt of a studentship, students may undertake teaching, demonstrating and, subject to the approval of their Department and sponsor, other paid work directly related to their training, provided that the total demand made on their time, including time spent in preparation, does not exceed an average of 6 hours per week.
Tier 4 visa work restrictions
If you are on a Tier 4 visa there are very strict rules governing how much you can work during your studies.
You may not work in excess of 20 hours in any week (a 7-day period beginning with a Monday) unless you have been granted authorised annual leave. Postgraduate Research students at Loughborough University are entitled to eight weeks’ annual leave per annum and should provide written confirmation of the dates from the Research Student Office in advance of undertaking over 20 hours paid/voluntary work per week. Sponsored students should also note any additional restrictions imposed as a condition by their funding body.
Most of the Tier 4 work restrictions do not apply to students sponsored under the Doctorate Extension Scheme after studies have been completed.