Causes - Students
Covid-19 has dramatically altered our students’ university experience, significantly changing the Salford they know, and the professional world they will join as graduates. At the University of Salford we are committed to supporting talented students to succeed in Higher Education. With the help of alumni and supporters, we provide bursaries and funds to help students who may otherwise be deterred from study, to reach their full potential. We need to do all we can to support our students, and we need your help.
We are acutely aware that this pandemic has affected everyone, and that many of our supporters are unable to give at present. However, if you are in the position to do so, you can support our students by making a donation to the University's new Believe scholarships and bursaries fund or to Student Hardship, and we can put your generosity to work straight away.
The student Hardship fund can be the difference between a student pursuing their academic and professional dreams – regardless of circumstance – or having to put those dreams on hold and leave their studies. We would never want a short-term financial challenge to prevent a student from completing their course, and thanks to the generosity of alumni, supporters and friends, the Student Hardship fund can offer a financial lifeline to those experiencing exceptional financial difficulties through no fault of their own.
Your generosity can help provide non-repayable awards to students experiencing hardship as a result of ongoing financial difficulties or one off, unexpected essential expenditure through the Fund. It’s intended to help with essential living costs or unexpected financial emergencies and can be a lifeline when students need it most. Now, more than ever we need to keep students in education and to achieve their potential.
The new Believe fund will allow us to attract, retain and progress talented students, regardless of their financial background.
Many of our students work part time to supplement their income whilst at university, and young people are twice as likely to work in hospitality and retail which have been badly hit by the economic effects of the pandemic.
The closure of nearly all retail, hospitality and leisure outlets, has meant students on temporary or zero-hour contracts were some of the first to be let go by their employers. One third of all 18-24 year olds have lost their jobs or been furloughed. Like all of us, students have bills to pay. Therefore, losing regular income, no matter how small, is having a significant impact on their already tight budgets.
The University is doing all it can. Students previously living on campus, who have returned home, were supported with their on-campus accommodation charges. And any students employed by the University, who had work cancelled due to the outbreak, have either been paid in full or furloughed.
Of course, many students will have returned home to be with their families, who can offer financial and emotional support. Sadly, this isn’t the case for all. For those students from low-income households, estranged from their families, international students, care leavers, and those seeking refuge, reaching out to family and friends can be difficult, or impossible.
At the University of Salford, we are proud to be champions for the under-represented. Our Believe scholarships and bursary programme aims to support those who need it most to realise their full potential and not let finances limit their impact on research, industry and the world. The fund provides £1,000 bursary for each year of an undergraduate course. This not only provides a safety net of support, but also a vote of confidence to the recipients that your university believes in their abilities to succeed.