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£100,000 match-funding pledged to help students face rising cost of living this winter

1 November 2022

Alumni and supporters of Newcastle University have the opportunity to double their impact on students struggling with the cost-of-living increases, with £100,000 of match-funding pledged by the Newcastle University Development Trust for donations made this winter.

This year, there has been a marked increase in Newcastle University students who – through no fault of their own – need additional financial assistance to support them through their studies. As the cost of food, heating and other bills rise, already tight student budgets are being stretched to the limit.

A third of students in the UK are left with less than £50 to live on each month after they’ve paid rent and bills (NUS Student Cost of Living Survey 2022) and 35% completely run out of money by the end of term – a marked increase on last year (NatWest Student Living Index 2022). The rising cost of living this winter is predicted to exacerbate this problem further.

To support students struggling with these rising costs, the Newcastle University Development Trust have pledged £100,000 to match donations made to the Newcastle Student Fund this winter. All donations made between 1 November – 31 December 2022 will be doubled, meaning that for every £1 donated, £2 will go to help Newcastle University students in need.

It’s hard to put into words just how impactful financial support from the alumni community is to a student like me. I would have struggled to live and study last year without the support. The scholarship gives me the motivation to keep on learning.

Charlie Moses, BEng Civil Engineering student

Thanks to the generosity of our existing donor community, vital additional measures have already been put in place to help students this winter. The doubled-up donations made this winter will ensure:

  • Subsidised travel costs for students so they can attend internships and placements to take the first step in their careers.
  • Participation Bursaries for students to join Student Union clubs, societies and sports.
  • A Student Union foodbank is stocked and available to all that need it, alongside free communal microwaves on campus.
  • More free e-books and resources available from our library so students who can’t afford to purchase them don’t miss out on their learning.

Support struggling students this winter

Naomi Oosman-Watts, Director of Student Life at Newcastle University, said:

“We don’t want any student to miss out on what makes belonging to Newcastle University so special. With the help of our supporters, we can create opportunities for everyone to succeed, unlocking education for the next generation of future leaders - regardless of their background - and ensuring they are prepared for the working world.

We know this winter will be difficult for many. But if you can help, please join your fellow alumni and support the future generation of Newcastle graduates during this challenging time.”

To make the most of this match-funding opportunity and to support the future generation of Newcastle graduates during the rising cost of living, please visit the link below.