Student Support Appeal

Can you help to support Goldsmiths students?

Dr James Ohene-Djan from the Department of Computing, and student, Pearse Egan, explain why students need your support

The pandemic has forced students into poverty

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a huge impact on the finances of individual students. Those struggling most are the students without family support, or who rely on earned income to finance their journey through university.

Students have lost the jobs they relied upon to support themselves through their studies

Sectors such as retail and hospitality have traditionally provided part-time work opportunities for students, however they have been heavily affected by the pandemic. Many students are still not able to earn a regular wage, because the jobs they used to rely on no longer exist.

The level of demand for Hardship Fund grants at Goldsmiths this academic year is up by 60% compared to last year.

Some students are barely managing to cope financially and are in urgent need of additional support. Vulnerable or disabled students need financial support with housing, living costs, specialist equipment, or assistive technology.

Students are facing a mental health crisis

These financial strains have a knock-on effect on students’ wellbeing, and many are experiencing emotional difficulties.

This is compounded by university life having been far from normal. Goldsmiths has seen higher levels of demand for mental health services, to help students manage feelings of isolation or anxiety.

Students need your support

Funding is required to enable students to remain at university and thrive in their academic studies. This is why Goldsmiths is reaching out to alumni and friends to ask for a donation to the Student Support Appeal.

We don’t want a world that is prohibitive to those without money. We want a world where everyone who comes to Goldsmiths has an equal chance at education.

Please make a donation to the Student Support Appeal

All donations to the Student Support Appeal will be used to provide financial or emotional support to students, wherever their needs are greatest.

A single donation of

  • £20 could provide emergency groceries for a student facing hunger
  • £50 could help provide a student with mental health support
  • £100 could provide an Emergency Support Fund grant to a vulnerable student in crisis to cover essential living costs or child-related costs like clothing or nappies
  • £300 could provide a student with a grant to purchase a laptop
  • £1,000 could provide a Student Hardship Fund grant to help a student who has lost their part-time work and risks homelessness to pay their rent arrears
  • £3,000 could provide an award or bursary for a student otherwise unable to continue with their degree without additional financial support

A regular donation of

  • £5, £10 or £50 per month, or whatever you can afford, will provide ongoing support for students in need

We are extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity of our alumni community, colleagues and friends. A donation of any amount would be very welcome.