Covid-19 Student Support Fund Impact
Queens' would like to warmly thank all of the generous donors who supported The Covid-19 Student Support Fund.
This Fund was a vital part of the College's continued efforts to support our students affected by the crisis. It helped with:
• Accommodation Support
Hotel quarantine stays on arrival, contributions to term-time accommodation
• Travel Support
Covid tests for students returning to Cambridge after Christmas, emergency travel for 'year abroad' MML/HML and AMES students
Desks and chairs for working at home, garden furniture for teaching and socialising at Queens'
Zoom licences for all teaching staff, webcams, 4G wifi hotspots, laptops, tablets, printers and ink, monitors, keyboards and mice, noise-cancelling headphones
For the College Library to send books to students' homes
First of all, I want to say again thanks a lot for the student support funding. It was used for the mandatory testing. As I flew home over Christmas, I was based the whole lent term in Germany. I was hesitating to come back to the UK because of the travel costs, which besides an expensive plane ticket also included two expensive PCR tests. With the funding, I was able to pay for the PCR test and this helped me in my decision to come back to Cambridge in Easter. I really enjoyed being back in Cambridge in Easter to be back in College and see how a successful vaccination campaign let the country slowly and cautiously coming back to normal
Quite simply: without this support, I would have been forced to pause my doctoral studies. Covid-19 found me stuck in my family home, sharing a living room-turned-workspace with two others. The fund allowed me to purchase a desk, monitor, and keyboard to make this uncomfortable, distracting environment a place where I actually felt comfortable working for hours each day. I cannot express my thanks enough: you are the reason I am still on track to graduate!
"This fund was extremely helpful, both for my physical and mental well-being. Through this fund, I was able to set-up a proper and necessary working space in my room; which I probably would not have done otherwise. Not only were the funds useful, but the idea that there is such a fund made me feel supported and less alone. THANK YOU."