Support our Emergency Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Support our Emergency Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Covid-19 outbreak has had huge impacts for everyone and has seen a significant change in the way of life for many of our students.

Many who rely on part-time work to fund their studies have found their jobs no longer exist due to the measures put in place to contain the Coronavirus outbreak. Our overseas students who had expected to travel home have had their flights cancelled, leaving them hundreds of miles from home.

As a result, students have found themselves without enough money to cover basic essentials and we have seen a much higher number of applications to Coventry University’s Student Emergency Fund to help them through this period.

We continue to support students in every way possible in these unprecedented and anxious times. We have well-established student welfare services and our staff are working hard to ensure the appropriate support is provided through the Student Emergency Fund and food parcels wherever we can.

However, we are receiving a high volume of requests for support and need some extra help to meet this demand.

How can you help?

We’re reaching out to all of our supporters to ask for your help in getting our students through this difficult period.

We’re asking for donations – big or small – to widen our Student Emergency Fund and help more students in difficulty. The Emergency Fund provides financial support to students who have found themselves in an unforeseen situation, leaving them without money for essentials.

We appreciate not all of you will be in a position to donate, but if you are able to help in any other way, we would welcome any suggestions.

If you are able to do so please contact us at

How we’ve supported students through the Emergency Fund

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 began, there has been an uplift in applications to the Emergency Fund from students requiring financial support immediately.

The Coventry University Welfare Fund has released more than £100,000 into the Student Emergency Fund to ensure it can support as many students as possible. Added to the donations from the fundraising campaign, we have been able to mobilise support in a number of ways to students since the outbreak began.

Direct funding for living costs has helped to relieve additional stress and enable students to focus on their studies and provision of laptops has allowed those without access to a computer to continue their studies remotely. Donations have also supported us in partnering with The Trussell Trust and Coventry University Students’ Union to deliver over 200 emergency food parcels for those students unable to access basic essentials.

Support from the Emergency Fund really helped me to deal with all the struggles I’ve been through. The food from the university helped me to stay isolated, which was really important to me because I get sick easily.  The funding helped me to pay my rent and other bills but also reduced the pressure and all the stress I’ve been going through while dealing with lack of money issues. Thank you for being so generous.”

University Student

I am really thankful to the University funding support team who helped me. I was worried about my living expenses and paying accommodation rent, as there is no option of earning due to lockdown. Now I am feeling relaxed because by the support of team I paid my rent and I have money for whole month. In future I will return this help to others who will need at that time hopefully. Thanks team and all those how are participating in this activity.”

University Student

I’m a second year media production student. The Emergency Fund helped me to get back on track after I got robbed in the first semester and I went through tough financial problems. It gave me financial freedom for this year and focus a lot more on my course. My emotional health was very damaged and the stress of not having enough money was making it worse. The money and the food received, have helped me to get through the end of this semester and gave me a lot hope. I am very grateful that Coventry University takes care of its students and helps them through any problems they may encounter. This is very helpful, especially for foreign students that are far from home at the moment.”

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