Summer 2020 Support Fund
Following recent approval by the University Executive Board, the University is offering a Summer 2020 Support Fund to help our students who may be in unexpected financial difficulty during the Summer (01 July - 18 September 2020) period. The Summer 2020 Support Fund is being administered by the Student Financial Support team within Student Services and is drawing on monies provided by the university and our generous alumni donors.
Have your circumstances changed due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)?
You may find yourself in a difficult situation as a result of the ongoing effects of Covid-19 whether that's not being able to work as many part-time hours as usual, losing your part-time role entirely or losing paid work that was planned for over the summer period. The Student Financial Support team is here to help and we have lots of advice and guidance on what you can do:
- Use the letter linked here, which has been written by our Vice-Chancellor to private landlords remind them of their obligations to support their tenants through this difficult period
- Have a look at our leaflets which focus on debt and worrying about your financial circumstances
- Utilise the services of our RUSU Advice service
- Use the materials provided by the Government and housing advice charities such as Shelter and Government advice
- Apply to our Summer Support Fund - more information below
What is the Summer 2020 Support fund?
The Summer 2020 Support Fund has been created to assist students during the summer period who need extra financial help to meet costs that are not met from other sources of support, or students who have particular financial emergencies and as a result are at risk of leaving Higher Education. Monies for the Support 2020 Support Fund have come from a range of University and Alumni Donor sources.
The Summer 2020 Support Fund can only be used to help with living costs and funds to an individual student are provided by the University based on an assessment of need.
Who is eligible?
- a) Currently registered students (UK/EU or International) with a maximum award limit of £1,000. This fund will accept applications and provide financial support to those in hardship from 01 July 2020 - 18 September 2020.
- b) Limited support is also available for recent Finalists through the introduction of a time-limited exceptional criterion that allows for an award from the Summer 2020 Support Fund to be made that can provide short-term support to a recent finalist impacted by COVID-19. This financial support would be for students still in the UK and who completed their studies on 12th June 2020. The Award level would be up to a maximum of £500 and is targeted at the following student groupings:
- i) completing care leaver bursary recipients and estranged students who completed their undergraduate studies on 12th June 2020.
- ii) any completing final year undergraduate student that has already had an assessment of financial support need accepted from the Student Support Funds in the academic year 2019/20.
- iii) completing student at risk of homelessness
- iv) completing international student who cannot return to their home country due to closed borders from 13th June until 31st July (7-week period)
- v) completing student whose options to start full-time work after studies has been severely limited due to being in the shielded category. Letter from UK Government or GP surgery would be needed.
How do I apply?
Please make sure you read the Summer Support Fund Guidance Notes before submitting your application to make sure you are eligible.
Students can apply by completing this editable PDF application form and emailing it with your evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should use your University email address and the subject header should be Summer Support fund application and your student number.
When is the application deadline?
Current students need to apply by 18 September 2020
Completing Final year undergraduate students should apply by 21 July 2020
The Summer 2020 Support Fund exists to help any eligible student in financial difficulty, however, we cannot guarantee there will be sufficient funds to meet every application we receive or all the costs a student might apply for. The Fund should not be seen as a main source of funding.
Applications with completed evidence are processed in date order and once funds are exhausted, no further awards are made.
Maximum individual award level is £1,000 for currently registered students and £500 for a recent final year undergraduate student meeting above eligibility.