Students Staff

7 July 2020

Support our Hardship Fund

Filed under: Latest news — Laura Mathias @ 6:00 pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has raised a lot of challenges for everyone at Essex, but it has also seen our community come together to support each other.

We launched our Hardship Fund at the start of April and the Essex community has already raised over £140,000 to support those students who need our help most. We have received donations from £5 to £10,000 from a total of 345 people scattered across the globe and we are incredibly grateful for all your support.

Students receiving support from our Hardship Fund

It’s incredible to see teams finding novel ways to fundraise. Our Estates team recently auctioned off bikes, generating an impressive £1,235 for the fund. We want to thank them for their innovative efforts, and to anyone who bought a bike – you have made a huge contribution to helping our students.

We’ve been amazed to see how our students have responded to the challenges of this year and proud to see them rally together to support their peers and contribute to the fund. When given the opportunity to receive £30 for completing a recent ISER survey or donate this fee to the Hardship Fund, many students opted to donate their fee, raising a further £540 for the Hardship Fund.

We are grateful to have received donations from all over the world, from alumni, honorary graduates, local residents, students and staff. We have all come together to help as many students as possible, at a time when they have needed it most.

At the start of this campaign we set an ambitious target of raising £250,000. We are over halfway there, but there is more we can do. We want to support 500 students with £500 bursaries, making sure that they can overcome financial hardship and complete their studies here at Essex.

To make a donation to the Hardship Fund please click here.

If you have any questions about the appeal, or ideas about how you can fundraise to support Essex students, please email

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