Hey guys I'm about to start a PhD in the UK. I have to set up a bank account and the bursary form also asks for my national insurance number. I know this can take up to a few months post interview to receive so I'm wondering what to do in the meantime. The actual agency says I can still get paid as long as the uni take my date of birth, gender ect but Im not sure how the uni feel about this. Anyone any experience?
The uni will be fine; 'It might take 16 weeks to get your permanent National Insurance Number but you can work and be paid while you are waiting.'
I am an International student (non-EU) and I have done some work in the past as tutor/lab demonstrator. I don't have an NI number but the university has been paying for the work. I guess it all depends on the university and nationality of the PhD student.
Gah really annoyed. The uni don't want to pay out stipends until myself and other EU students are waiting to receive our national insurance number. This is really annoying as the national insurance office told me I should get paid as it's a stipend and tax free. The uni's finance dept are being really difficult about it and I'm actually thinking of taking up another PhD offer back home. I told my supervisor and he's trying to sort it.
if your offer isn't from oxbridge i probably would consider taking the home offer. the uk isn't the greatest country for doing a phd and i regret that i didn't take the other option in another country (i am at a russell group uni). reasons being supervision isn't always great, supervisors cannot be held accountable, or only with great difficulties, england is a *very* classridden society, nepotism is key and oh, you got problems getting a national insurance number, try getting a bank account...
Hey Tree of life thanks for the support and advice! It looks like it's going to be sorted and I will be paid while I'm waiting on my appointment for the number. Basically I'm part funded by a large American biotech who went nuts when they found out I wasn't being paid.
Masters DegreesSearch For Masters Degrees
An active and supportive community.
Support and advice from your peers.
Your postgraduate questions answered.
Use your experience to help others.
Enter your email address below to get started with your forum account
Enter your username below to login to your account
An email has been sent to your email account along with instructions on how to reset your password. If you do not recieve your email, or have any futher problems accessing your account, then please contact our customer support.
or continue as guest