The Coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented global challenge. We have established the Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund to help us respond to this fast-developing situation.
As an institution, we are contributing in many ways to help the global response to the pandemic. This includes our scientists working on various projects such as fast testing and new operating models to protect front-line medical staff from the virus. We are collaborating closely with the NHS, local government, our regional community and local businesses, harnessing the resources of the University to support national and regional efforts wherever we can. We are also continuing to look after the welfare of our students, whether they remain on our campus or are forced to study remotely.
This new fund will help us support the following key areas:
- Ensure that students who are being forced to self-isolate on campus are given access to all they need during this difficult period.
This might include providing food and basic care packages for students who are unable to leave their campus accommodation
due to self-isolating regulations.
- Provide emergency funds for students who are now experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic,
wherever they are currently. For example, some students have lost vital sources of income – either their own employment
or a loss of family resources – that are critical to support their studies and basic living expense.
- Support the manufacture and distribution of vital equipment to front-line medical services, including the use of 3-D printers
and a repurposing of PPE equipment.
- Fund small research projects that contribute to the global fightback against Covid-19, but for which institutional or statutory
funding is unavailable.
Vitally, we want to support our medical school students and recent graduates who are working on the front-line to help combat the virus. These students are now providing essential support to hospitals across the North West. We want to ensure that they do not fall into financial difficulties during this challenging time and ultimately, thank them for their selflessness and dedication.
“For those of us at home who face the challenge of self-isolation and social-distancing from those we love, being unable to contribute physically to this global effort can leave us feeling helpless. Any donation you can make will help us respond positively to the challenges of Covid-19 and together we can make a real difference."
Professor Dame Sue Black, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement
If you would like to speak to us about making a donation, please email Nick Fragel, our Director of Development and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07817 687 115.