Goldsmiths has set up the Covid-19 Appeal to raise funds to support new areas of need arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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We are currently looking for support for two initiatives:
- Supporting students facing hardship due to Covid-19
- Producing thousands of urgently needed PPE face shields
Help support students facing hardship due to Covid-19
Students particularly vulnerable to financial hardship include care leavers, parents or carers, and those estranged from parents, as well as those from low-income households, or living with a disability or long-term condition.
Any student facing financial hardship due to Covid-19 can apply to the Student Hardship Fund for support. To support students in hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic please make a donation to the Covid-19 Appeal.
In addition, the Covid-19 Online Learning Access Fund has been launched to ensure vulnerable students facing financial hardship can continue their learning online.
Following the Covid-19 outbreak, many student residents were able to return to their family homes, but over 250 students are still living in halls, either unable to return to their homes overseas, or without another home to go to.
Bound by rental contracts, a number of students also continue to live in private rented accommodation and are struggling with a loss of income while still having to pay rent.
Whether living at home, in accommodation, or on campus, all teaching is now online and all students are facing the challenge of having to attend online lectures and tutorials, and complete and submit assessments online.
For students in financial hardship without the means to buy their own laptop and broadband, the Fund provides grants of:
- up to £300 to cover the cost of a laptop, and
- up to £20 per month for up to six months of broadband
We are extremely grateful to alumni and friends, whose generosity made it possible to launch this fund. However, there has already been an overwhelming number of applications. More funds are urgently needed to help us provide grants to all eligible students.
If you would like to support students in hardship or with online learning access, your donation to the Covid-19 Appeal Fund would be greatly appreciated.
Support Goldsmiths to produce thousands of urgently needed PPE face shields
Some donors have asked how they can support the work Goldsmiths is doing to help relieve the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage across the UK.
Academics from the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths have set up 3D printing stations in their homes as part of a national campaign to produce urgently needed face shields.
These will be sent straight to frontline health and social care workers in NHS hospitals, GPs and care homes.
Art and Design tutors at Goldsmiths, University of London are playing their part in the production of in-demand protective equipment for NHS staff.
Using Goldsmiths’ laser cutters, 3D printers and large-format printers, volunteers are working on campus in the university’s studios, while keeping strictly to social distancing rules.
4,000 visors a week can be produced but funds are urgently needed to purchase higher quality materials required to produce face shields than can be sanitised and reused.
If you would like to support Goldsmiths contribution to the production of PPE, your donation to the Covid-19 Appeal Fund would be greatly appreciated.