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Support statements are required from a postgraduate student’s College Tutor and Supervisor (or other senior person familiar with the student’s academic work and circumstances) when applying to the Postgraduate Hardship Fund.  

Supervisors and College Tutors who are providing supporting statements for students should carefully read the General Eligibility Principles of the University Hardship Funds in addition to the Fund’s individual criteria to ensure the eligibility of the student. In particular, they should note that applications cannot be accepted without the support of either Supervisor or College Tutor.  

The Student Funding Team will look favourably upon cases where financial support from Departments and Colleges has already been committed, or where the Department or College is willing to match fund a hardship award. When a Department or College has provided or is willing to provide such support, please indicate this in your statement. 

Supervisors 

Supervisors should provide a brief statement commenting on the student’s academic progress so far and how their circumstances have impacted their studies (eg if thesis submission date is delayed). Please do not provide detailed information about the student’s research unless necessary.  

College Tutors 

College Tutors should provide a brief background on the student’s circumstances which have led to unforeseen financial hardship.  

To guide your support statement, you may wish to ask the student for sight of the following documentation regarding a student’s income and expenditure: 

  • Evidence of funding (eg notification of student finance arrangements, or scholarship award letter)  

  • Evidence of other income (eg family contributions, loans, wages) 

  • Evidence of government benefits or Tax Credits  

  • A rent or mortgage agreement  

  • Bank/Building Society statements  

  • Evidence of significant expenditure commitments, eg childcare costs.  

If the student’s funder has withdrawn funding, we will require evidence from the student’s College Tutor that they have contacted the funder asking them to uphold their pledge as this should be the first course of action before applying for hardship funding.