On 19 May the Finance Minister announced £1.4 million in funding for student hardship to support them throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding, NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh said, “We welcome today’s announcement of £1.4 million for student hardship, which we hope will relieve some of the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable students.
“Students have faced significant upheaval to their studies and finances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Without access to unemployment benefits students who have lost their jobs have struggled to make ends meet.
“It is vital that the Executive ensures that hardship funds are adequate to meet demand, particularly as we enter the summer months when many students rely on jobs in industries currently inactive to support themselves.”