Julia Kazana thought she would have to give up her studies, when the Student Hardship Fund offered her a lifeline. A doctoral researcher in sociology, Julia reached a point when she had no money to pay her rent or bills because her bank would not advance a student loan or give her an overdraft. The grant Julia received relieved the mounting pressure and enabled her to get back on track. She said:
“The Student Support Services were there to help during this very tough moment. I will keep wrestling, exactly as before, until I complete my studies, but this vital support has made me realise that I am not alone.”
The Fund helps students who are experiencing severe financial difficulties and are ineligible for mainstream funding. Demand for financial assistance always exceeds supply; between August 2013 and July 2014, nearly 400 hardship grants were provided by Student Support Services. As a result, the Annual Fund has increased its contribution by 40 per cent and allocated £70,000 to continue providing a safety net for those who need it.
Read about the great work of our alumni office and the latest donor report here: https://alumni.surrey.ac.uk/supporting-surrey/thank-you