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As you may be aware, many students are now facing significant financial difficulty as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The full impact is still unknown, and is likely to increase in the coming months.
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. Many are unable to work, having been furloughed or laid off, or are at home caring for family members. The Coronavirus has left our most vulnerable students in terrible financial hardship and unable to manage basic living costs, with no time to plan.
Some of you have asked us how you can help - and in response to this crisis, the University and the Roehampton Students’ Union have created an Emergency Hardship Fund. With existing money from the University and generous support from alumni and friends, we have already found £90,000 to help. But much more will be needed.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for many of you, 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.