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As a global community we came together and faced a challenge many of us had never imagined.
Since April 2020, you've helped us raise over £540,000. A phenomenal 752 donors came together to help us find hope during the most extraordinary times. Whilst we beginning to look forward there is still so much you can help us do now.
The University of Glasgow is an exceptional place - our students and research have helped change the world for over 500 years. You, and our Glasgow community, have continued to inspire and motivate us in facing the challenge of COVID-19.
Your support helps with two significant challenges:
Your support helps students especially those with no family support, those with caring responsibilities or with no way of returning home. Some of our students are really struggling and added pressures, including the loss of part-time work, could now be overwhelming. Your support can help relieve this pressure allowing them to focus on their studies and their future.
Your support will speed up front line research, helping understanding the virus and how it spreads. Support has already helped promote collaboration across the UK and beyond, sharing vital knowledge to fight the pandemic. Your support will go straight to the front line of research here in Scotland, where the largest group of virologists in the UK are working at our MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research.
We understand these are challenging times. Your University community has left its mark throughout history. We hope you’ll join us again now – no matter the size, your gift can help save lives.
The financial strain that the COVID-19 crisis has placed on our students has been unprecedented. More than 1 in 4 undergraduate students at the University of Glasgow already come from low-income backgrounds. So as you can imagine the impact of the current crisis across our student body has been significant.
The Student Hardship Fund provides a source of help for students facing the worst financial effects of the crisis. Between March and April 2020 alone, the Student Hardship Fund provided over £1M in crisis funding. This funding supported students across the whole community. However the fund is now virtually exhausted, and the need continues to grow.
Some of the most vulnerable students have no family network they can turn to for support. Many have caring responsibilities for family members made harder by isolation and financial strain. For many others, the loss of part-time work has been crippling. With the lack of income making it difficult to cover rent and basic living costs which could lead to long-term debt and instability. The Student Hardship Fund provides a lifeline to all students at a time when it is most needed.
If you could support with a gift £50 you would help cover the cost of food and basic supplies for a student for the week. If you could give £200 this would give them security of basic supplies for the month. A gift of £500 would mean you helped enable a student to pay their rent or source a laptop to enable home study.
Your support will help students to navigate the immediate and long-term effects this crisis presents.
Dr Neil Croll, Head of Widening Participation: "Thank you for the funds for our most vulnerable students – I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this financial aid is almost life-saving at this time when people have nothing to live off, a lack of part-time work available and little prospect of aid from elsewhere.”
The MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) is home to the largest group of virologists in the UK. It has been playing a leading role in the research response to COVID-19.
Scientists in Glasgow are collaborating internationally to stop transmission of the virus which has rapidly spread worldwide. By focusing on sequencing the COVID-19 virus, the team at Glasgow's CVR can extract information from the genetic code to understand the virus and how it spreads. Which will help to identify ways of defeating it. All findings will be shared through the global research community to tackle the disease.
You can be part of this research by supporting the Covid-19 fund. Your support will help Glasgow's researchers contribute to the worldwide search for vaccines to treat patients and control the disease.