Student Support Fund

If you're struggling financially, you don't have to go through this alone.

  • Posted Wed, Jan 13, 2021 2:00 PM

This is a hard time for everyone, especially students. 

We know many students work part time to help subsidise their student loan to cover costs of rent, bills, food and other essentials. You may have lost your part time work or your placement may have ended early. Some students might be without family networks or who are care leavers, student parents or find themselves in a situation where there is more of a financial strain.  

We, and the University, acknowledge that this is an extremely stressful time which might be causing you anxiety - but no one should be worrying about money when you need to focus on your degree and course. 

The experienced and friendly University Finance Team are on hand to help. You can contact them by phone, email or via direct message on social media - you can find all their contact information at the bottom of this page!

Student Support Fund

Students who are in financial difficulty can apply for a non-repayable grant from the support fund. Awards are assessed depending on your needs and are non-repayable. In most cases they are paid by electronic transfer to your bank account.

The University Support Fund can help with emergency costs such as urgent bills and food supplies. The University Support Fund will not cover fees or normal expenses such as IT equipment. If you are in need of a laptop, check out the University Laptop Loan Scheme. 


Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) can apply for financial help through the University Support Fund for exceptional and clearly justified hardships arising from the Covid-19 situation (subject to availability of funds).

All applications from full-time postgraduates will have an assumed level of income included in the calculation called the Notional Postgraduate Income (NPI). The NPI is applied as students are expected to have made realistic provision to fund both their tuition fees and living costs before embarking on their course.

Part-Time Student

If you are a part-time student, we can only help with course related costs, for example childcare, study costs and travel. We cannot help with general living costs or tuition fees.

Students who are facing financial hardship can apply by filling out an application form and supplying supporting evidence, or contacting the Student Finance team on for more information. 

Contact Information

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