Hardship Fund appeal

Help students affected by unexpected financial emergencies.

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Unforeseen hardship

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen up to four times the usual number of student requests for emergency financial support. The knock-on effect of Covid-19 has meant many students are now facing serious financial hardship. 

Staff in Student Support Services have been working tirelessly to help as many students as possible. But as we all continue to face the challenges of a global pandemic, we know more students will need urgent financial support in the weeks and months ahead. 

You can ensure there is help available for students, by making a gift to the Hardship Fund today.

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The effect on students

Many, many students work part-time to supplement their income whilst at university. But with so many retail, hospitality and leisure outlets closed, job opportunities are few and far between. Many students have been let go by their employers. And finding new employment is particularly hard as students have to weigh up the time commitment and the effect a job has on their studies.

But like all of us, students have bills to pay. And losing regular income, no matter how small, is having a significant impact on their already tight budgets.

Students are struggling because:

  • Their electricity and heating bills have increased due to more time spent at home
  • Adequate broadband connections can require costly upgrades
  • Food delivery options are essential when isolating but can be more expensive
  • They’ll soon need to raise a deposit of between £200-£400 to secure a tenancy for next year
  • Last-minute travel is expensive; especially for international students and those returning from studying abroad

The University is doing all it can and has committed to helping as many students as possible. Funds and resources have been diverted to have the biggest impact. Wellbeing services are prioritising those who need mental health support. And we’ve been working closely with our Students’ Union to ensure student voices are heard.

Of course, many students have families and loved ones who can offer financial and emotional support. But sadly this isn’t the case for all. For those students from low-income households, estranged from their families, international students and students from care backgrounds, reaching out to family and friends can be difficult, or even impossible.

A female student using her laptop in the Health Sciences library.

By making a gift today, you can be there for them

Your donation will help provide a Hardship Grant to a student whose financial difficulties are affecting their studies and their wellbeing. Life can be lonely for these students at the best of times, and a crisis only amplifies these feelings. You can ensure those who are struggling, get back on track to achieve their full potential.

Your support will provide a vital non-repayable grant to those experiencing unexpected financial difficulty. This means you’ll help students in need right now and in the future, as the full extent of the situation reveals itself.

  • £25 could help a student with their weekly shop
  • £50 could cover an outstanding utility bill
  • £300 could help a student buy a basic laptop 
  • £1,000 could cover the cost of a flight home

Please consider making a gift to the student Hardship Fund today.

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