lobby the university to open access to online learning grants to Non-EU international students

Tori Timmins submitted on

Wednesday 30th September 2020


It has recently been announced through the Welcome courses on Blackboard that the university will be offering grants of up to £300 to help UK/EU students with the cost of online learning, beginning on 5 October. However, this notably excludes Non-EU international students from accessing this grant. Non-EU International students will be facing the same barriers to learning as home or EU students may be facing, possibly more so as many will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the UK and may have to pay at a premium to have the necessary equipment delivered directly to their halls or places of residence via post as opposed to being able to pick the items up in person. It is a bit discriminatory to assume that just because international students pay higher fees, that they will not also be facing the same financial difficulties as UK and EU students do. We should be united as a university community against the challenges presented by coronavirus, and placing a barrier for these students to access financial support to allow for equity in learning is not united at all. If the university was able to offer the online learning grants to all students, including non-EU international students, in the Spring, why have things changed for the autumn?


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Monday 12th Oct 2020 10:58am

Thank you for your submission.

We understand the issues you have raised and how they may be impacting students, we will work to lobby the University for better options and grants to help international students.

In the meantime, if you are experiencing any financial issues please contact the Advice Centre and they will be able to assist you: 

advice@susu.org // 023 8059 2085 



If you have anything you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly: 



Kind Regards,


VP Education and Democracy 


  • Forwarded to Vice President Education and Democracy

    Tuesday 6th Oct 2020 12:04pm


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