The fundraising efforts for the University of St Andrews’ COVID-19 appeal has now generated more than £500,000, as alumni, supporters, staff and students have responded to the appeal. This sum has included a six-figure donation from Santander and Santander Universities Network.
The University launched the appeal in early April and was one of the first universities in the UK to do so.
The appeal aims to support students who have been affected by the crisis, fund vital research that takes place at the University and offer assistance to local groups and the wider community within St Andrews and North-East Fife.
Students have been significantly impacted by the current pandemic – over a thousand have been unable to return home as a result of both travel restrictions and personal circumstances. Concurrently, many are experiencing financial hardship due to being charged rent by private landlords despite not remaining in their accommodation.
Research at St Andrews has also been hampered by the nationwide lockdown. The funds generated by the appeal will allow the University to support key areas of research which would otherwise suffer greatly due to the withdrawal of grants and lack of funding.
The community aspect of the fund will support local charities and groups that deliver the essential services necessary for the recovery of St Andrews post-pandemic.
Current students in The Fellowship of St Andrews have directed the Soak for St Andrews initiative, which is based on the traditions of May Dip and post-exam soakings. Aside from providing a fun way for students to continue to partake in the traditions which have become an integral part of university life, it has also helped to significantly contribute to the fund.
Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, has responded to the generosity of the donation.
Professor Mapstone said, “St Andrews has always been a global community, but the overwhelming response to this appeal is a reminder of the importance of the town and its university to people all over the world.”
She continued: “St Andrews faces a very challenging and uncertain future as a result of the pandemic.”
“Knowing that we and this town have the support of a global family of alumni, friends and supporters is a priceless encouragement, and the appeal means we can respond rapidly to support the people and activities in our community most affected by the crisis”.
To donate to the fund, please visit the following link: