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NUS Scotland secures 20 million pounds in student funding from Government

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Negotiations between the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland and the Scottish Government have resulted in the agreement of further student funding

By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

Photo courtesy of Mireia Jimenez

As of last month, students across Scotland have gained access to twenty million pounds of Coronavirus hardship funding from the Scottish Government. Secured by the NUS, the funds are aimed at assisting students who are facing the pernicious effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a successful negotiation with the Government, NUS Scotland announced the new funding via a 14 June press release. President Matt Crilly celebrated the news, writing:

‘We welcome additional discretionary funding for students today and that the Scottish Government has recognised the dire situation facing students this summer…’

AUSA’s Vice President for Welfare, Louise Henrard, similarly commented, challenging the government to do more to assist struggling students.

‘We are glad that the Scottish Government has listened to the student voice and NUS Scotland,’ Henrard said.

‘While this is a very welcome short-term resolution, it doesn’t address the long-lasting issue of a lack of student support over the summer months. We hope that the Scottish Government can offer a long-term solution to this problem over the next few months.’

According to figures released by the government, over ninety-six million pounds has been distributed to students since the beginning of the pandemic.

Higher and Further Education Minister Jamie Hepburn noted how

‘[the] additional £20 million will help to alleviate the financial pressure and stress facing many of our students over the summer period.’

Aberdeen students who are facing financial difficulties this summer are encouraged to apply to the University’s Coronavirus Discretionary Fund.


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