COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund

Help support students at Cambridge experiencing hardship in this crisis and beyond.

COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund

COVID-19 has dramatically altered our students’ university experience, radically changing the Cambridge they know.

Most of our students have gone home and have not been able to return to Cambridge. They will continue to be taught and have assessments, but their materials will be available and their supervisions will take place online. Counselling and support from the Disability Resource Centre are accessible remotely. 

Even a single term makes up a significant proportion of a degree, and our students will feel their absence from Cambridge keenly.

The current crisis only exacerbates any underlying disadvantage. Some students felt the effects immediately at the beginning of the pandemic, forced to buy expensive tickets to travel home. Some have lost income, unable to work in their holiday jobs. Some need better resources to study effectively at home, and some do not have homes they can return to at all.

Every Cambridge student faces deep uncertainty and heightened anxiety.

Circumstances are preventing many PhD students from conducting their research, confronting them with the likelihood that they must extend their studies. Some, particularly in the sciences, may even need to start again from scratch. Their funding does not allow for the effects of a global pandemic.

The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years to come. While long-term effects are difficult to predict, at Cambridge the future for our students appears sure to hold the necessity of extra support and resources, such as IT equipment, so they can make up for lost time. And it seems certain that increased provision of counselling and welfare services will be crucial to restore and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

How you can help

We want to ensure that all our incredible students come through the next few months and thrive.

We are acutely and sadly aware that this pandemic has affected everyone, and that many of our supporters are unable to give at present. But if you are in a position to do so, you can support our students by making an online donation to the University's Student Hardship Fund.

If you make a gift to support students facing hardship, you allow us to direct funds to where they are most needed, helping students facing hardship both immediately and in the months and years ahead.

We profoundly appreciate your support.  You can also help by making a gift for students at a specific college.

Make a gift

You can support our students during this crisis by making a donation online. If you would like to discuss further philanthropic opportunities, please contact Andrew Paterson.

If you would like to donate to students at a specific Cambridge College, please visit their website, or get in touch through our College Contacts page.

Make a gift now

Make a gift now to COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund by credit or debit card, or set up a direct debit:

Give online

Or, find out about other ways to give.

Andrew Paterson

Senior Associate Director — Student Support

+44 (0)1223 332288

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