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UoL fundraising appeal supports students affected by the pandemic


Thanks to the generosity of its alumni community, the University of London’s 2020 Student Support Appeal has raised enough to support over 40 current distance and flexible learning students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The donations received will be used to provide bursaries of up to £500 to support students, enabling them to overcome the financial challenges they are facing and continue with their studies. 

Many of these bursaries have now been distributed to students in need. One student, when told that he would receive a bursary, said: “It is such a relief to hear this news from you. I’m really grateful for your help and I am looking forward towards completing my degree this year. My family is relieved to hear this.”   

The 2020 Student Support Appeal, which ran over two weeks as a digital fundraising campaign, was an opportunity for the University’s global community to come together in support of current UoL students. Gifts were received from alumni living in 31 countries, including, but not limited to, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Japan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 

In addition to the kind donations received to the appeal, many of our alumni shared messages of support for current students. One graduate said: 

I am fortunate to have completed a bachelors and master’s degree with UoL. I hope my small donation might help others to achieve their dreams also. Financial struggles must not inhibit education.

The campaign ended on 18 July, which coincided with Nelson Mandela Day; a global celebration one of the University’s most esteemed alumni, whose lifelong commitment to education reflects what has always been at the core of the University’s mission. 

Financial support from the University’s alumni and friends makes a huge difference to students in times of need. The University would like to offer its sincere thanks to all who have donated towards the appeal, helping to raise over £20,000. The impact of these donations will be far reaching and have a transformative effect on enabling our students to continue with their education. 

You can find out more information about supporting the University of London by visiting the Support us section of the website.