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These are challenging times for everyone around the world. No doubt Covid-19 has had an impact upon your life but hopefully you’re safe and well and at home with your loved ones.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has prevented more than 500 of our international students from returning home to their families. They’re facing living costs they hadn’t budgeted for and are struggling to cope, which is why we are reaching out to you now.

They’re not the only ones. As you may already know, a high percentage of Northumbria’s talented students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Covid-19 crisis is stretching their already thin resources to breaking point.

Restrictions mean that a significant number are prevented from working the part time jobs they depend upon to buy food or pay rent and bills. And while Northumbria and other accommodation providers have cancelled hall rents for term 3, many of our students live in private rented houses.

Donating to the Northumbria University Covid-19 Hardship Fund will provide these students with security and enable them to continue to learn and invest in their futures.

You’ll be helping students like Tim* or Sarat*. Tim lives with his parents in Gateshead, UK. His family don’t own a computer and can’t afford to buy Tim a laptop, leaving him unable to continue his studies. Sarat was unable to return home to Agra, India, where his father recently lost his job due to the crisis. Facing costs he hadn’t budgeted for, Sarat is unable to pay for food or rent.

Any gift you are able to make during these tough times would be gratefully received. To provide some context:

  • Giving £20 could pay for basic essentials for a few days.
  • Giving £75 could help towards rent and utility bills for a week.
  • Giving £150 could buy food supplies for a month.
  • Giving £300 could purchase a laptop.
  • Giving £500 could purchase a laptop and WiFi subscription.

So, if you can, please donate via our official JustGiving page or share our campaign via Twitter.


*Not their real names.


For student queries regarding this appeal, please refer to the FAQ’s on the NU student portal or contact Jo Grenyer, Head of Student Life - Student and Library Service.

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