Welsh universities are being given an extra 40 million pounds to support students struggling financially. The Welsh Government says the funding will help cover expenses like accommodation costs and also improve access to online learning.
Ffion Davies, SU President said:
“Student life during the pandemic has been incredibly challenging – and this news recognises the negative impact it has had on the student experience, and the support students need.
We have recently been successful in securing a rent reduction for our students in Swansea who reside in University accommodation and we hope that this funding can be used to also support those renting privately.
The restrictions have meant that students have had no choice but to study remotely, so we are pleased to see that the money will address digital poverty, as not every student has the privilege of accessing adequate learning equipment when they’re away from the University.
We want students to know that we are here for them through this and they can reach out to us at any time. As soon as we know more about the funding and support available, we will let students know.”