Student Hardship Fund

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At Roehampton, more than half of our students are from low income backgrounds and many have no choice but to rely on part-time and even full-time jobs alongside their studies. A hardship grant provides a crucial lifeline to those who are suffering unexpected financial hardship and whose time at university may be at risk without access to these funds.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many of you as the cost of living increases, so a gift of any size will be gratefully received. Please help ensure vulnerable students feel able to complete their course and graduate. Thank you for your support.

 

Claire Johnson-Tusińska graduated from Roehampton in 2009 in Nutrition and Health. Claire was a recipient of a hardship grant during her studies and has been a regular donor since 2015. “I know every penny I give to Roehampton will go to support those who need it most. I’m a huge advocate for Roehampton because the care and concern for students is genuine and deeply embedded in their mission. If they can help, they will. I’m extremely proud to pay forward what Roehampton did for me, so there are resources available for students who need support today.”

 

Hayley’s story

Hayley* was in her final year during the first wave of Covid19. She received help through the emergency hardship fund which was established by the University and supported by many of our donors:

"I am so grateful for the support that Roehampton has provided me with throughout my studies, especially in my final year when the pandemic started. I had to adapt to a new way of working and a new way of life at such a critical time in my academic journey. If it was not for the hardship fund and the study support offered to me, I would not have been able to finish my degree. The subject I studied, Therapeutic Psychology, has enabled me to help others with their mental wellbeing, and it has helped me to grow in both personal and professional capacities. I am incredibly fortunate to be where I am today thanks to the support provided from the University."

*Hayley’s name has been changed to protect their identity

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