[Top image: Students at Queen Margaret University, before social distancing measures were put in place]

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds across the globe, QMU are focused on supporting our students most affected by the current situation.

On top of the health fears, many of our students are facing incredible strains on their finances. We have students who can no longer undertake their essential part-time work, others are locked-down in student accommodation and unable to go home, as well as many facing other financial uncertainties in the months ahead.

In order to continue to support the urgent financial needs of our students, whilst also ensuring we have funding available to deal with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, our emergency COVID-19 student funds (Student Discretionary Fund & International Student Hardship Fund) need your support. These funds assist with the unforeseen costs relating to loss of employment, unexpected accommodation costs for students who are unable to travel home and unanticipated travel costs.

We are incredibly thankful to Santander Universities, who have allowed us to redirect some of the funding that they have previously donated to QMU to help bolster our COVID-19 student funds. This is already having an immediate impact on many of our students.

We are doing everything we can to support our students, and we welcome your support to continue this essential financial support.

A great deal of thanks

As Head of Development and Alumni and also a QMU graduate, I am incredibly proud to see how the University is adapting and supporting our students wellbeing during these unprecedented times. The QMU spirit is incredibly special and this is at the heart of our community, from students through to alumni and others in the QMU family.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our current supporters, and encourage everyone who can, to help our students at this urgent time of need.

Thank you and stay safe

Thomas Kelly esignature

Thomas Kelly
Head of Development and Alumni

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Philanthropy's impact on COVID-19

Santander Universities COVID-19 support

Santander Universities have been a key supporter at QMU for over 12 years.  They support bursaries, paid internships, overseas student mobility trips and some key outreach and community engagement work.  However, Santander Universities have chosen to allow QMU to redirect some of this funding to help support our students most impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Programme

Over the last two years, QMU have partnered with The Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme to support student mental health initiatives at QMU, including providing Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) training for students, as well as mindfulness and stress-control courses.

Adapting to the current situation, we are now offering online mindfulness sessions to all students and staff during this time, thanks to support from The Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Programme.

Thomas Kelly

Head of Development & Alumni

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