Student Hardship and Wellbeing

Student hardship and wellbeing is a key priority for the Common Good Fund as we direct support to help our students who need it most.

In the wake of COVID-19, gifts to the Fund ensured that we were able to help students struggling to access the technology they needed as a result of the abrupt shift to online learning through the provision of laptops and internet access.  We were also able to top up our Hardship Fund with over £100,000 of funding in response to the increasing demand from students requiring help to pay for essential expenses as a growing number of students find themselves facing extreme hardship.

During 2020/21 donations to the Fund will enable us to continue to provide vital support to our students in need, particularly those who were already struggling and have now been pushed even further into hardship. 

Furthermore, we will also enhance and increase our provision of student mental health and wellbeing support.  With the number of first degree entrants in Scotland declaring a mental health condition trebling in the last five years (SAMH 2020), we know this troubling statistic will come into even sharper focus as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  Through the Common Good Fund, we will support a number of important mental health and wellbeing initiatives such as training for staff and increased student support services and workshops.