UofG COVID-19 Student Hardship

The financial strain that the COVID-19 crisis is placing on our students is unprecedented.  

With more than one in four undergraduate students at the University of Glasgow coming from low-income backgrounds, COVID-19 has presented us with some unique challenges. But the University of Glasgow is committed to supporting our students most in need during these difficult times.  

Since March 2020 a huge £1,277,176 had been awarded from the Student Hardship Fund to 2,141 students 

Philanthropy in action 

Our Widening Participation Team have been working tirelessly to identify those in need and are awarding funds as quickly and effectively as possibleMany of our students in receipt of funding have been in care or are estranged from their families. 

One of our students who received funding said “Thank you so much for this very generous helping hand, I appreciate it so much as times are becoming ever so harder financially. I'm trying my very best to cope during this time and really am hoping things will start to get back to normal soon.” 

Continuing to provide vital support to our students 

Donations to the UofG COVID-19 Fund have helped students meet their rent payments, cover basic food expenses and heating bills. You have made a difference at a time when it is needed more than ever.  

Dr Neil Croll, Head of Widening Participation, said: "The spirit of Glasgow and its communities is renowned for its generosity in extending a helping hand to those in need. This has never been more apparent than in the way our community of alumni and supporters across the world have responded to our appeal to help students who are in financial crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Neil added, 'For many students the current crisis is a lonely and scary time, but the lifeline you have provided has shown a level of warmth that provides hope and security, Thank you."