The Students' Union has been particularly alert to the financial struggles and stresses students are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been active in relaying these concerns to University Management on a regular basis.
For students who applied for the Office for Students COVID-19 Hardship Fund, you will have been communicated to in respect to the outcome of your application.
At the Students’ Union, we want to understand if you were successful or unsuccessful and how we can drive conversations with the University to ensure the application process is not arduous in order to make it easier for you to be successful. Please help us, help you, by filling out this short survey which should take no longer than 5 minutes.
We are pleased that the University has responded positively to our Financial Hardship Survey and Cost of COVID research by making £400,000 available to both UK and International students. Keep an eye on your University emails over the next week for more information on eligibility and how to apply for funding.
Zuleikha, Students' Union President says: “I am grateful the University are listening and acting on students’ concerns regarding financial hardship. Unfortunately, we are still hearing that students have been rejected from financial support from the University, sometimes with no clear reason why, and are struggling to make ends meet. We are working hard to understand why this is and ensure the money goes to those most in need.”
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Please note that we may touch upon some sensitive topics within this survey. If you feel personally affected by the topics or would like some further help and advice please contact the UCLan Wellbeing Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Students’ Union Advice Centre at SAdvice@uclan.ac.uk.
Recently, the Big Idea 'Back off with Blackbullion' was passed by Students’ Council and became policy within the Union.
This means the Union will campaign to ensure:
- The University makes the Blackbullion Budgeting module not mandatory, and makes this clear to students in their funding applications, and to those who approve cases. Cases should not be turned down due to students not engaging with the module.
- All staff involved with student hardship cases undergo training around mental health and finances and appropriate guidance is put in place for application discussions with students.
- The University factors the rental expenditure of students on a case-by-case basis.
- The Blackbullion module is advertised to all students at the beginning of the year.
Don’t forget that the Hardship Fund is open to students all year round, alongside other financial support opportunities. You can find out more about all the University's available funding and how to apply here.
Money and debt can be stressful while studying at University, but our Students’ Union Advice Centre is here to help. It’s important to seek help as soon as possible when it comes to debt so don’t hesitate to contact the team at email@example.com, who can either support you or refer you to a reputable specialist organisation.
The Advice Centre can also help you to access additional funding, like the University’s Hardship Fund, other UCLan Financial Support options or any welfare benefits.
Check out our website to see all the ways our Advice centre can support you!