Following the outbreak of coronavirus, we rightly focused our fundraising efforts on emergency support through our Hardship Fund – and thanks to our community of donors we have raised more than £315,000 since April 2020.
These funds have helped to ensure that we could provide vital financial assistance to students when they have needed it most. And in the past year, whilst covid-19 related hardship has decreased, we’ve still seen a huge demand for financial support.
Most recently, when war broke out in Ukraine, we once again called on our alumni community to support the Hardship Fund, knowing that many of our Ukrainian and Russian students were placed in difficult circumstances, both personally and financially.
How has the Hardship Fund helped?
In the 2021-2022 academic year:
- We awarded 437 hardship grants to Essex students
- Our average time to process applications was just 5 days and 14 hours – doing everything we can to ease the stress financial burdens can put on students
- In total, we’ve awarded more than £357,000 – contributions come from both the Hardship Fund appeal and internal funding
We’ll continue to fundraise for the Hardship Fund, because we know there will always be students who find themselves in immediate financial need, through no fault of their own. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our alumni community, and we are so grateful. Thank you.
Donate to the Hardship Fund. If you’re a student, find out more about how to apply to the Hardship Fund.